When Christina Aguilera was 4-years old her father, army sergeant Fausto, attacked her and left her bleeding for daring to disturb his nap, according to revelations made by her and mother, Shelly Kearns in a new documentary by E!.
Shelly recalled of the attack: “I scooped her up and said, ‘Oh my God. What’s wrong?’ “She told me, ‘Daddy wanted to take a nap and I made too much noise.’”
The alleged horror incident was the final straw for Shelly, who packed up and fled the family home with Christina and her other daughter Rachel.
Christina said: “I witnessed a lot of unpleasant things – a lot of pushing and shoving and fighting and quarrelling. “Growing up I did not feel safe. Feeling powerless is the worst feeling in the world.”
She added: “I turned to singing as an outlet. “The pain at home is where my love for music came from.”
Although her father has attempted to reconnect with his daughter, Christina wants nothing to do with him. She said: “I let him back into my life briefly but I soon realised that he is not necessary in my life.”
In 2002, her dad denied he had been ‘very cruel and abusive’ to his family.
He said: ‘My relationship with her mother was tense and I wasn’t perfect. But I love Christina and her sister Rachel.
‘I never abused them in any way and they know that. Shelly and I disagreed on a lot of things and we both had hot tempers.
‘I’m sorry to have ever raised a hand to my wife, but it was never brutal like Ike and Tina Turner. Still, even though it’s been exaggerated, I respect Shelly and Christina’s right to remember things differently.’