Matt Lauer Grills Christina Aguilera on Her Messy Year

Entertainment May. 17, 2011 AT 1:08PM

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Matt Lauer wasn't going to let Christina Aguilera off the hook when she appeared on The Today Show Tuesday morning to promote her new NBC competition series, The Voice.

"There have been some tough times this year: the National Anthem thing, the fall at the Grammys, the divorce, the public intoxication," Lauer, 53, reminded her. "There was a time where people, your friends, the people who love you the most, tried to intervene in your life. Is that true or is that an exaggeration?"

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Aguilera, 30, initially tried to laugh things off. "I think there were some definite ex, disgruntled employees along the way. Whenever things happen like this to you, some people just want to kick you when you're down," she explained. "For me, I've been in this business a very long time. . .and you're going to have your high moments and your low moments."

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"Right now I feel that I've found my true friends and people who are really there for me and have stuck by me and have just supported me," she continued. "When you're going through a hard time, you don't need people judging you and ridiculing you. The people that are around you are going to be the ones to support you and love you through whatever difficult time you're going through."

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Aguilera's answer didn't seem to satisfy Lauer. "But you did have those people, too," he argued. "You had the friends, because there were people who were not attacking you, who were genuinely concerned about you."

"Well, only I know that," the singer shot back. "Some people like the drama of creating [stories] around you to make themselves look better, like, 'Oh, I saved her,' when really you just have to be a friend and support."

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