Celebrity Parents Christina Aguilera on How Touring as a Mom Will Be 'Scary' (She's Bringing Her Daughter Along!) "My daughter's laughter actually begins the intro of the record," Christina Aguilera tells PEOPLE of her new album Liberation, out Friday By Janine Rubenstein Janine Rubenstein Instagram Twitter Janine Rubenstein is Editor-at-Large at PEOPLE and host of PEOPLE Every Day podcast, a daily dose of breaking news, pop culture and heartwarming human interest stories. Formerly Senior Editor of music content, she's also covered crime, human interest and television news throughout her many years with the brand. Prior to PEOPLE she's written for Essence, The Cape Times newspaper and Los Angeles Magazine among others. On-screen Rubenstein can be found featured on shows like Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight and she routinely hosts PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's star-studded Red Carpet Live specials. Follow the San Francisco native, Black Barbie collector and proud mom of two on Instagram and Twitter @janinerube People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 15, 2018 02:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Christina Aguilera is feeling liberated, but that doesn’t mean she’s not nervous. The superstar singer and mother of two is back with her first album in six years, Liberation, and gearing up to head back on the road for the first time in over a decade. “I’m thrilled,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue about her return to music. “I feel like a new artist again, which is so refreshing. It’s what I’ve been needing for so long. I don’t really have any expectations.” Though Aguilera’s last record Lotus came out in 2012, the star hasn’t headlined a tour in over a decade. And she says that was for one good reason. “My kids always come first,” she explains of daughter Summer Rain, 3½, with fiancé Matt Rutler, and her 10-year-old son Max Liron with ex-husband Jordan Bratman. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Christina Aguilera and family Christina Aguilera on Her New Album and Comeback: “I Was a Little Asleep at the Wheel” In fact, it was motherhood that led her to take a break from her nonstop music career. “I took the position on The Voice in the first place because I wanted to have a stable, one-place, rooted environment for my kids,” she explains. “But with any artist, that will run its course and feel stagnant. I was like, ‘Man, I won’t be of service to anyone if I don’t get back to who I am and what I love to do,’ ” shares Aguilera, 37. “I said, ‘Mama’s got to hit the road again!’ ” Now, as she prepares to tour for Liberation this fall, the star admits, “It’s scary. I wasn’t a mom that last time I went out on a tour.” Luke Gilford Christina Aguilera RELATED VIDEO: Christina Aguilera Drops New Single “Accelerate” and Video from First New Album in Six Years But she’ll be in good company this time around. While her son will mostly stay back home with his dad in Los Angeles (“He can do his school and be focused”), Aguilera will have one piece of precious cargo with her. “My daughter, on the other hand, is going to be 4. She’s a mama’s girl and I’ll definitely be taking her on the road with me,” says Aguilera. “She’s going to learn to see life through a different set of eyes.” The singer explains, “I’m going to try to make it as cushy and comfortable for her as possible because if she’s not comfortable, I’m not.” Christina Aguilera/Instagram Christina Aguilera and daughter Summer Christina Aguilera/Instagram Christina Aguilera’s son Max and daughter Summer Xtina Is Back and Ready to Get “Dirrty”! Christina Aguilera Announces First Tour in a Decade And though it’ll be Summer’s first tour, she has already made her mark on Mommy’s music. “My daughter’s laughter actually begins the intro of the record,” says the singer, adding, “Being a mother is so important to me.” Aguilera’s new album Liberation, out Friday, is available for purchase on amazon.com. For more from Christina Aguilera, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.