When the Music Stopped: Shakira’s Struggles and Triumphs

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Shakira opened up about the struggles she’s been facing lately. She described her separation from long-time partner and soccer player Pique as feeling like she was drowning in the middle of the sea. This period of her life has been particularly difficult, which she referred to as her “darkest hours”. One of the biggest challenges she is currently facing is finding a solution for co-parenting her two sons with Pique, Milan and Sasha. Additionally, Shakira is dealing with allegations of tax evasion by the Spanish government, which could result in an eight-year prison sentence if she’s found guilty.

Shakira in the first set of pH๏τos after breaking up with Pique.  PH๏τo: Elle

Recently released photos show Shakira after her breakup with Pique. The singer has revealed that she tried her best to raise her family and was devastated when everything fell apart. In her song “Te Felicito,” which was released in April, she sings about being broken into pieces while trying to complete someone else. Shakira has not explained the hidden meaning behind the song but has stated that her real-life experiences always inspire her lyrics. Shakira and Pique met in 2010 while filming the music video for “Waka Waka” and publicly dated a year later. Despite being together for 11 years and having two children, they were never married.

Shakira (left) and Pique have two sons after 11 years of dating.  PH๏τo: Pagesix

The media reported in the middle of the year that Shakira’s partner, Pique, was having an affair due to his frequent visits to nightclubs in Barcelona. Meanwhile, Shakira moved into her old apartment in Muntaner. The couple confirmed their separation in early June, citing their children as their top priority and asking for privacy during this time. Their relationship suffered because of their passion for their careers; Shakira felt that she had to sacrifice more for their family, leading to conflicts. In 2014, she moved to Spain to support Pique’s football career and put her music on hold. Recently, Shakira’s father had an accident and underwent brain surgery, which devastated the singer. She visited him in Spain after her breakup with Pique, but her father fell twice, resulting in a hematoma and a broken bone in his face.

Aside from her personal troubles, Shakira is facing legal issues in Spain over tax evasion allegations on her $13.9 million income. Despite being offered a confession agreement by the prosecutors, she refused and wants to confront the charges in court. However, her family and music keep her motivated and help her through tough times. In early September, she celebrated her father’s 91st birthday in Colombia and sang a bolero song for him. Music is like a psychological treatment for Shakira, who is set to release her 12th album soon. She believes that it has a healing effect and is the best medicine, along with the love of family and children.

Shakira will release her 12th album later this year.  PH๏τo: Elle

Later this year, Shakira is set to release her 12th album. Her current focus is on protecting her children in the best way possible and she has no interest in finding new love, despite knowing that Pique is looking for other women. After an 11-year love affair, she believes that women can still find happiness without a man by their side. Shakira shared her thoughts with Elle, saying that her previous life was filled with love affairs, but now she just needs her kids, family, and friends to check in regularly. She asks for patience as she heals from her wounds and waits to see what the future holds. Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, was born in Colombia in 1977 and is the most famous vocal of Latin music, having won several Grammy awards. Her hit songs include “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka.”

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