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7 Random Facts About Shakira Fans Didn’t Know




When it comes to Shakira, you already know that her hips don’t lie. But what else do you know?

Well, if you caught this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, you would know that she’s the only woman in the world who can outshine JLo.

She’s also a charitable woman, as she gives back to children in need. Here are 10+ other facts.

1. Her career started at the age of 10.

This was after she won a singing content. At 13, she signed her first record deal.

By the time she was 20, she was living in Miami and looking to crossover to American music.

2. Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.

Shakira means “grateful” in Arabic, as well as “full of grace.”

She comes from a mixed-race family, as her father is Lebanese and her mother is Spanish-Italian. Get this: she’s the youngest of eight siblings!

3. She only makes songs that make her want to dance.

Those hips truly don’t lie.

“I listen to music through my body,” she said in an interview with 60 Minutes.

“Even when I’m mixing songs in the recording studio, if I don’t move, I know that there’s something wrong.”

4. She originally wanted to be an anthropologist.

This is someone who studies humans within past and present societies. I bet you didn’t expect that, did you? While she didn’t become that, she does believes that she’s “vicariously being one” through her music.

5. Marriage scares her.

She’s currently dating soccer superstar, Gerard Piqué. While the couple has two kids, marriage is currently off the table.

“I don’t want him to see me as the wife. I’d rather him see me as his girlfriend,” she said.

6. Being a mother is the hardest job she’s ever had.

I’m never sure if I’m doing it right,” she told.

“I’m always second-guessing myself. I love being a mother but it’s challenging to keep the balance – to not let motherhood prevent you from reading a good book, going out with your boyfriend-slash-husband, having an adult conversation.”

7. She’s very charitable.

When she was growing up, she saw many kids in her community who went without shoes and homes.

When she earned enough money, she gave back by building six schools in Colombia.

This has helped educate more than 23,000 kids.