Shakira, the Colombian singer-songwriter and philanthropist, has recently opened up about her experience dealing with the aftermath of a failed relationship. In a recent interview with Mexican journalist Enrique Acevedo on his Televisa show "En Punto," Shakira reflects on her journey towards self-discovery and empowerment.
A New Perspective on Love and Relationships
The 46-year-old singer was in a relationship with Spanish professional footballer Gerard Pique for 11 years, before announcing their split last June. During the interview, Shakira admitted to buying into the societal belief that a woman needs a man to be complete, but has since changed her perspective.
"I had that dream of having a family: mother and a father living with their children living under the same roof. Not every dream in life comes true, but life finds a way to make it up to you," she said. "I just love love, but I think somehow I see things from a different perspective now." Shakira continued, "I feel I’m enough and I think when a woman faces challenges in life, they come back stronger.
You learn to see your flaws, to embrace your vulnerability and express that pain you might be feeling."
Empowerment Through Music
The singer also spoke about the cathartic experience of working on new music and how it has helped her heal and become stronger.
She worked with DJ Bizarrap on "BZRP Music Session #53" and released the duet "TQG" with Colombian singer Karol G. In "TQG," Shakira sings, "You’re not welcome here anymore/ I saw what your girlfriend said to me/ It doesn’t even make me angry/ I laugh." Shakira has become a role model to children, as she has "gathered the broken pieces of herself" and become an example of resilience and strength.
She tries to be a "lioness" for her two sons, Sasha (8) and Milan (10), and wants to inspire other women to support each other and empower one another. "There is this quote... that I love, and it says, ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support women," paraphrasing former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
"There is a place in hell for women who do not support other women. I have always been emotionally dependent on the men I fell in love with. Now I see the story from a different perspective and today I am enough for myself," she said.
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