March 17th, 2011
09:51 AM ET
Christina Aguilera has had her share of negative press lately, being criticized for her movie "Burlesque," making headlines with the breakup of her marriage, and getting arrested with her new boyfriend, who was suspected of driving under the influence.
Now, she's starting a positive chapter in her life as a mentor on the upcoming singing competition "The Voice." Aguilera will help guide emerging talent, and tells CNN she wishes she had someone doing the same for her in the early stages of her career.
"I was so green to the business," she says. "I was so thrilled and excited to get my first record deal that I allowed myself to sort of be molded or get labeled some things that sort of take hold and [made] me out to be what they wanted [me] to be… I think that you can only shine your best when you are able to be yourself. And that's what I want these people to be able to do."
Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton will also serve as mentors on the NBC show, which premieres April 26, and Aguilera believes she'll bring a lot to the table.
"I'm on a constant journey and I'd not be the best I can if I wasn't always taking the good with the bad and learning from things and experiences," she tells CNN. "So that's another great thing that I get to share with these people — my own experiences throughout the years."
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