Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, scored a major gig in September 2019 when she was announced as a performer at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show in Miami on Feb. 2, 2020. The “Whenever, Wherever” singer was picked to perform alongside Jennifer Lopez, an incredible pairing apparently honoring Miami’s many Latinx communities. Shakira was born and raised in Colombia, while Bronx native Lopez was born to Puerto Rican parents.
Of course, headlining the Super Bowl halftime show is a big deal, as superstars like Beyonce and Prince have had the honor of gracing the stage in years past. And here’s hoping the two pop superstars don’t go down the same disastrous path as Justin Timberlake did — twice. Regardless, the honor comes with a lot of attention, so it’s understandable some fans are curious about her background and long history in the spotlight. We expose all the juicy details in the untold truth of Shakira.
Marriage ‘scares the s**t out of’ Shakira
Shakira and Gerard Piqué reportedly met after the musician filmed the video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” a song to promote the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Piqué is one of the soccer stars who appears briefly in the video, and after Shakira spotted the “cute” athlete, an ᴀssociate took it upon themselves introduce them. The meeting was more than serendipitous for the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer, who told Elle in 2013 that before her chance encounter with the star FC Barcelona player that she had “started to think that there was no God. And suddenly I meet Gerard and the sun comes out.”
Three years after syncing up, the couple welcomed their first son, Milan, in 2013, and their second son, Sasha, arrived in 2015. Amid all the happy news, some fans are curious whether the two will ever tie the knot. The answer? That’s a hard no. “To tell you the truth marriage scares the s**t out of me. I don’t want him to see me as the wife,” she revealed in a January 2020 interview with 60 Minutes. “I want him to see me as the lover, the girlfriend. I want to keep him on his toes. I want him to think that anything’s possible depending on behavior.”
Marriage doesn’t necessarily have to change the dynamics of a relationship, so perhaps Shakira will come around to the idea in time. But if she doesn’t, that’s her prerogative.
Shakira’s work-life balance has taken a toll
It’s no secret Celebrity parents often struggle to maintain a successful work-life balance, and Shakira is no exception to this rule. But not many people might know how long she is typically separated from her family, as she lamented to Viva (via Hola!) in September 2019, “Sometimes it’s very hard when you can not see your sons for a month or even more. It is so hard. But we call each other via FaceTime, so we are in constant communication, that helps.”
Luckily for Shakira, she has Gerard Piqué to lean on when things get hectic. “We have never been a traditional couple,” she shared. “We don’t have a written deal to share the tasks or anything like that, but we both are very involved in parenting and try to sort it out the best we can, we support each other and we also find a huge help in our families. We don’t know a different way to do it!”
It sounds like these two are doing just fine, all things considered.
Did Shakira cheat on an ex?
Rumors that Shakira cheated on her boyfriend of 10 years, attorney Antonio de la Rúa, first surfaced in August 2018, after Gerard Piqué announced his retirement from Spain’s national team, per Miami.com. The drama occurred when the singer shared an Instagram message in support of Piqué, writing, “Love, you have just finished a stage that we will always keep in our hearts. One of the happiest moments of my life was also seeing you win in 2010 with the team and celebrate Spain the champions!” For context, the winning soccer Game occurred in July 2010, a month before Shakira’s official split from Rúa.
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