Shakira is opening up about her recent split from partner Gerard Pike and how important music is to her to get through “her darkest hours” and show the best for her kids.
45-year-old Colombian singer spoke allie After it was announced in June that she and the Spanish footballer had quit, and the couple had two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. Creating new music has been a big part of Shakira’s healing journey. The livelihood of her boys is what she focuses on the most.
“I think music is a life raft. There have been days when I had to lift my pieces off the floor. And the only way to do that, really, is through music. You know, really, like ‘Putting myself back together and looking at myself in the mirror and knowing that I’m a mother and my kids depend on me,'” she said, noting that her career often felt like a distraction before motherhood. “Sometimes I was so scared of my job in the past because I just wanted to be there for my kids. I mean, I just wanted to be in bed with my kids for a little while. And then I had to get up. More Shoot a video and fulfill your obligations. But now that I’m so grateful for my work, the possibilities are what it gives us to put ourselves back together and realize who we are and who we are here on this planet But why – what is our purpose, our special work.”
It’s been a nice distraction to craft yourself from the negative press surrounding the end of your relationship. However, protecting your kids from the chaos is an added challenge.
“It’s been tough not only for me, but for my kids. Incredibly tough. In front of my house, 24/7 I have the paparazzi camping. And there’s no place where I can be with my kids.” I can hide from them, except for my own house. You know, we can’t walk in the park like a regular family or have an ice cream or do any activity, without the paparazzi on our Chase. So it’s tough,” Shakira explained. “And I’ve tried to hide the situation in front of my kids. I try to do it and protect them, because that’s my number one mission in life. But then they hear things from their friends at school or they There’s some nasty, unpleasant news online, and it just affects them, you know?”
The local press in Spain, where she calls Barcelona her home, has even become “offensive to my children”, she said, as photographers disrupt their daily lives.
“They don’t deserve to be seen or seen every second, photographed upon leaving school, or chased by paparazzi. They deserve a normal life. It’s just total circus, and everyone is in all these aspects of us.” is speculating about, and more importantly, our children, lives and a lot of it is not even true,” she said. “Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about each other as ex-partners, he’s the father of my kids. We have a job for these two incredible boys.” and I believe we will find out what is best for their future, their own dreams in life, and what is an appropriate solution for everyone involved. And I hope and appreciate if We are given a place to do this privately.”
She continued, “It’s really upsetting for two kids who are trying to process their parent’s separation. And sometimes I feel like it’s all a nightmare and I’m someone Going to wake up on point. But no, it’s real.”
While managing her mental wellbeing through this has been a challenge, it is the priority she places on her children that ultimately gets Shakira.
“I just manage, I think, reminding myself that I need to be an example to my kids, that I have to be who they want me to be, what I want them to be,” she said. “And I also want to be there for all the people who have shown me their love and support. That’s my biggest strength. That’s my most powerful engine.”
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