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Contrary to what’s been aired in previous seasons, Mr. Levine asserted that his relationship with Miss Aguilera is nothing but friendly, complete with the banter that fills familial bonds.

“The fights that everyone thought we were having were fictional — we never hated each other, we never were having some sort of secret battles that everyone thought we were having,” he said. “They were silly bickering things that brother and sister would do, it’s not nearly what everybody thought. We were always just messing around, it was never serious. We’re all good, Christina and I.”