At a point in time, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga were pit against each other by many in the media.
However, recent years have seen the pair unite in sisterly solidarity – the latest expression of which came courtesy of Xtina.
As widely reported, Gaga retroactively came under fire her collaboration with embattled R&B singer R. Kelly – with much of the discourse centering on the lyrical content of their 2013 duet ‘Do What U Want.’
Much of debate stems back to the on-going furore towards Kelly following the shocking ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series, which saw several women allege sexual abuse at the hands of the star.
In response, Gaga issued a statement condemning the 52-year-old and announced the removal of ‘Do What U Want’ from all digital retail and streaming services.
Now, Aguilera – who famously performed and released a revised remix of the track with Mother Monster – has weighed-in.
Her words below…
Via Twitter, she wrote:
“This is a reminder of women sticking together— and not letting a man take ownership of a great song/ moment… And if anything the message of this song remains that although you may have had my body, you will never have my heart, my voice my life or my mind.
Being a survivor of past predators myself, these lines spoke to me, which is why I did the song. I embrace all survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse holding a special place in my heart, and you
@ladygaga, for doing the right thing! “
We’ve long deemed the ladies version superior. So, here’s to their incarnation becoming “the” definitive version. And, even if not, kudos to both of them for speaking up and out.