Aguilera posted a long, heartfelt and occasionally rambling letter to her fans on her website Wednesday night.
In the 2,200-word missive, the "Lotus" singer says: "I may get quiet at times, but when I do have something to say, I mean every word."
"I wanted to reach out to my fans out there that continuously support me and have my back relentlessly throughout the years," she begins. "I am so grateful and fortunate for your dedication. Your time & devotion. Your kindness and understanding. Your patience and compassion. I continue to work, create and deliver my best to you."
Aguilera goes on to discuss her art, creativity and the inspiration she gets from fans.
It’s easy over time to get sucked into the mental "business aspect" of it all and sad that we sometimes forget the true purpose and nature of it to begin with. Music and an artist’s truth & identity cannot be defined on a chart or a 'review' or with an award. So don't be disappointed or think in vain if things like that don't happen. It’s good to care, but being rewarded by material things, isn't why I remain in this business.
You can read the whole letter over at Aguilera's site.