Colombian singer Shakira finally presented the announced duet with Puerto Rican Ozuna called "Monotonia", and as it comes after breaking up with soccer player Gerard Pique, everyone is wondering if she is dedicated to him.
Shakira announced the song with a clip from the video in which a man stomps on a human heart, and thanks to the text that says “It wasn’t your fault, it wasn’t my fault/ It was monotony’s fault/ I never said anything but it hurt/ I knew this would happen,” many believe that she was describing a breakup with a football player.
The lyrics of the song go on to say: "To make you whole. I broke myself in pieces. I was warned, but I didn’t take heed. Don’t tell me you’re sorry. I know you well and I know you’re lying." Marking the first collaboration between Shakira and Ozuna, "Monotonia" follows the singer-songwriter's song "Te Felicito" with Rau Alejandro, in which she also "calls out" her former partner and congratulates him on "a great performance that made her believe he really loves her."
"Monotonia" and "Te Felicito"
"Monotonia" and "Te Felicito" followed her split from her longtime partner with whom she has two children, soccer star Gerard Pique.
"I can only say that either consciously or subconsciously, everything I feel, everything I go through is reflected in the lyrics I write, in the videos I make. When the glove fits, it fits. Like I said before, my music is that channel," the singer said.
In an interview with Elle, the singer spoke openly about the breakup, calling this moment one of the "hardest" in her life. "I think everyone has their own processes or their own mechanisms to deal with grief, stress or anxiety.
We all go through things in life. But in my case, I think writing music is like going to a psychiatrist, only cheaper [laughs]. It just helps me process my emotions and find meaning in them. And it helps me heal. I think it’s the best medicine, and along with the love of my family and my children that supports me, music and writing music is definitely one of those tools – one of the few tools I have for surviving in extreme conditions.
It’s something of a snag for a person drowning in the sea, that piece of wood you hold onto when you feel like you’re drowning. I think music is a life raft. There were days when I had to pick up bits of myself from the floor.
And the only way to do that, really, was music. You know, to really pull myself together, to see myself in the mirror and realize that I'm a mom and my kids depend on me. But also that I have something to say. And in those days when I felt that the forces were leaving me, that I had no legs, in those days I was writing songs, and I felt that after the writing session I was alive and awake.
It’s like an injection of vitamins [laughs]. Sometimes in the past I was so afraid of work because I just wanted to be around my kids. I mean, I just wanted to stay in bed with the kids longer. And then I had to get up, shoot a video and fulfill my obligations.
But now I am so grateful for my work, for the opportunity it gives us to put ourselves back together and understand who we are and why we are here on this planet – what is our purpose, our mission. I think that in any work you can find this restorative power. [In Spanish] Work adorns a person." admitted the Colombian woman.