Singer Shakira and her two sons, Milan and Sasha, recently moved to Miami after a tumultuous breakup with Gerard Pique, but their problems seem to persist. In a recent public plea on her Instagram profile, the singer asked journalists and media to respect the privacy of her children.
A Plea for Privacy
In her post, Shakira acknowledged the public's interest in her and her family, but emphasized the difficulties her children have faced with the constant harassment and persecution by paparazzi and media outlets in Barcelona.
She implored the media to respect her children's right to privacy and abstain from following them to school, extracurricular activities, and their home. "In this period of change in my life as a public figure, it's understandable that there is a permanent curiosity on behalf of the press around me and my family.
However, my children, Milan and Sasha, have endured a very difficult year, suffering incessant harassment and persecution without relief by the paparazzi and several media outlets in Barcelona. Now that they are beginning a new life I implore the media on behalf of my children to please respect their right to privacy.
I beg you to abstain from following them to the entrance and exit of their school, wait for them at the door of our home, or follow them to their extracurricular and recreational actives as the media did in Barcelona with the intent of capturing photos or boosting ratings," she shared of her wishes for the family's new life in Miami." I trust that the journalists and photographers here will be sensitive to the situation that Milan and Sasha are facing and can behave in the most humane way possible with them, keeping in mind that this is about the physical and emotional health and safety of two minors just 8 and 10 years of age, who only want to be able to go out in public and attend school feeling safe and tranquil that they aren't being followed or subjected to the constant scrutiny of cameras," Shakira wrote.
A Mother's Plea
Shakira extended her request not as an artist, but as a mother who wishes to protect and care for the psychological and emotional well-being of her children. She concluded her post by thanking her followers in advance for their understanding and support.
Numerous followers supported Shakira's plea and praised her for placing her children's well-being above all else.
A New Chapter
Just a week prior, Shakira announced her and her sons' move to Miami, stating they were in pursuit of stability and happiness. "Today we begin a new chapter in pursuit of their happiness," she wrote in a post translated from Spanish.
Shakira's plea for privacy for her children highlights the difficulties faced by public figures and their families, and emphasizes the importance of respecting the privacy of minors.