On the day her new show is set to debut, Christina Aguilera stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday (April 26) to discuss her new gig on “The Voice” and finally answer some questions about why she forgot the lyrics to the national anthem during this year’s Super Bowl.
The former child star essentially chalked the incident up to nerves and said she just got caught up in the excitement of it all. “I took in the moment a little bit too much,” Aguilera said of flubbing the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner,” which she said she’s been singing since she was 7 or 8 years old.
“Shoot me for appreciating the moment, but here I am at the Super Bowl … singing for a team and in front of the world. And remembering what it was like to be that young and look where I made it now,” she said.
The Grammy-winning singer apologized for the flub in a statement issued shortly after the game, saying, “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.” The slip-up came at the front end of a flurry of bad headlines for Aguilera, who was picked up for a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication in March, after tripping onstage at the Grammys the month before during a tribute to Aretha Franklin. She also recently finalized her divorce from husband Jordan Bratman .
With most of those difficult times behind her, Aguilera told DeGeneres that she’s learned her lesson and is moving on. “That night I knew I just made myself a Trivial Pursuit question,” she said of the lyrical slip. “In 2011, what female singer, ya know, flubbed the lyrics. It’s just insane. … But I have a really good laugh about it and you get over things. You get back up again and you just prove to yourself and to everyone you’re that much stronger.”