Hit musician Shakira has been in the spotlight for many years for a variety of reasons, from her tax fraud case in Spain to the dissolution of her relationship with soccer player Gerard Piqué. But Shakira is ready to get back into music in full force, and she revealed in an interview that she has an album’s worth of material ready.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué have split after 12 years together
Shakira and Gerard Piqué first met in 2010 after Piqué appeared in the music video for her song “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They began dating the following year, and the following year Shakira gave birth to their first child, a son named Milan. In 2015, the couple welcomed another son, Sasha.
The couple confirmed in 2022 that they had split. In an interview with Elle in September 2022, Shakira admitted she was having a hard time getting over the breakup.
“I think everyone has their own processes or mechanisms for handling grief or stress or anxiety,” she said. “We all go through things in life. But in my case, I think writing music is like going to a psychiatrist, only cheaper. It just helps me process my emotions and make sense of them. And it helps me heal. I think it’s the best medicine and along with the love of my family and kids that keeps me going, music and writing music is definitely one of those tools – one of the few tools I have to help me in extreme conditions to survive. It’s like driftwood to a man drowning in the sea, that piece of wood you hold on to when you feel like you’re drowning.”
Shakira has “so many things to say” on her next album.
Shakira went on to say that everything she’s been through has reinvigorated her spirit as well.
“I think music is a life raft. There were days when I had to pick my pieces off the floor. And the only way to do that, actually do that, was with the music. You know, really putting myself back together and looking at myself in the mirror and knowing that I’m a mom and my kids depend on me,” she continued. “But also that I have so much to say. And those days that I felt like my strength was slipping away like I had no legs, those days I was writing songs and I felt revitalized and invigorated, like after a writing session. It’s like a vitamin shot.”
“Sometimes I used to fear my job so much because I just wanted to be there for my kids. I mean, I just wanted to cuddle in bed with my kids a little longer. And then I had to get up and shoot a video and fulfill my obligations,” she admitted. “But now I’m so grateful for my work, the opportunity it gives us to sit back together and see who we are and why we’re here on this planet — which is our purpose, our mission. I think you can find this reconstructive power in any kind of work.”
She hasn’t released an album since 2017
Shakira later spoke about her upcoming album, which would be her first full-length project since 2017 Eldorado.
“I have an album’s worth of music that I’m so excited about,” she revealed. “And some songs you will hear straight away, others are collaborations. Some are in English and some in Spanish, different genres. But I’m really, really excited, not only about the work that I can now share with the people who are waiting, but also about how satisfying the whole process has been for me. As therapeutic as well.”
“I thought I was done with my album. But every time I come into the studio to do a line or something or mix a song that’s almost ready to come out, I end up with new music because I’m feeling creative right now, and I think , it’s an incredible outlet for me to make sense of things.”
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