The Orlando massacre has left the nation shaken to its core, and Christina Aguilera is no exception — so the talented star channeled her grief into her art.
Aguilera wrote and recorded a new song, titled “Change,” which she dedicated to the victims of the tragedy that took 49 lives and left another 50 injured.
“The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind,” the Voice coach wrote on her website. “I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful, inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.
“We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.”
Aguilera continued, “Though there is such heavy sadness, I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again; we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts. As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’
“We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others — we are all in this together, as one, united in love.”
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 17, 2016
It has been a tough week for The Voice. Not only are we all dealing with this horrific tragedy, but the show lost one of its own when former contestant Christina Grimmie was shot to death in a separate incident in Orlando last week.