Shakira was destined for superstardom from the moment she first graced the music scene, having written her first song at the age of 8. By the time she was a teenager, the Colombia native had already secured a record deal, a big indicator that she was eventually going to become a global phenomenon.
Shakira soon proved her star power in the Spanish-language markets, thanks to her sultry sound and spellbinding belly dancing skills. In 2001, she released her first English-language album, Laundry Service, and it became a massive success.
The songstress ended up having several chart-topping singles, including “Whenever, Wherever,” “Underneath Your Clothes” and “Objection (Tango),” all of which took her sky-rocketing career to new heights.
Since then, she has been dominating record sales in both Latin and International markets, proving that she’s no flash in the pan.
While she made strides in her career, Shakira also ended up finding love. The “Hips Don’t Lie” star and soccer player Gerard Piqué have been together since 2010, after first crossing paths on the set of her “Waka Waka” music video. Shakira and her boyfriend are now the proud parents of two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.
“I think the message [of my performance] is gonna be ‘Listen, I’m a woman. I’m a Latina. It wasn’t easy for me to get to where I am,'” she said during an interview with 60 Minutes.
“And being at the Super Bowl is proof that everything is possible,” the mother of two continued. “That the dreams of a little girl from Barranquilla, Colombia, they were made of something of what dreams are made of and I’m gonna be there, giving it all.”
Just before ringing in 2022, Shakira gave rare insight on her home life with Gerard in a November 2021 cover story. “That’s when having a partner who’s completely opposite in that sense comes in handy,” Shakira told Cosmopolitan. “My mind never stops. I dream about my kids. I worry about them constantly. I torture my poor husband. Well, he’s not really my … I don’t know what to call him!”
“He’s my baby daddy,” she continued, adding jokingly, “I torture him about every issue I see with my kids.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see Shakira’s transformation over the years!
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