Drew Barrymore and Christina Aguilera Talk Raising Empowered Daughters

The singer was recently a guest on the actress’s daytime talk show.
Drew Barrymore and Christina Aguilera

Drew Barrymore and Christina Aguilera.

Actress and television show host Drew Barrymore recently headed to Las Vegas for an interview with singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera for a segment of her talk show. The women chatted about everything from the “Genie in a Bottle” singer’s dress at the 2024 Grammy Awards to their their growth as women within the last 25 years.

Both women are mothers to daughters (Barrymore, 49, is mom to Olive and Frankie, while Aguilera, 43, has a little girl named Summer), so the two also chatted about what it means to raise empowered daughters today.

“I think I try to always instill in her that certain people out there have good intentions and bad intentions,” Aguilera explained. “I don’t want to scare her in one way and be terrified of the world and that everybody’s a bad person, because they’re not, but also, I think it’s important for her to have a strong sense of self but also to be very empowered with her body and eventually, her sexuality, so I want her to just really know herself first.”

The two also discussed past instances of feeling empowered in their younger years: Barrymore cited her 1995 Playboy cover, while Aguilera referenced her risqué chaps ensemble from her 2002 "Dirrty” music video.

“It’s empowering, being a female and embracing your body and everything that makes you feel good or womanly,” Aguilera added. “However that is for yourself to be able to embrace that.”

The full interview aired on The Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

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