Spring is heating up for Shakira. The 37-year-old pop star returned as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, traveled to Colombia for the inauguration of a school she founded, and has been busy releasing new music with Rihanna and fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton. Oh, and did we mention she’s dropping her 10th studio album Shakira on Friday? Ay, caramba!
Billboard Magazine recently caught up with the superstar to discuss her return to music and how life as a mother and her relationship with soccer star Gerard Piqué has changed her.
Here’s what we learned:
Favorite go-to snack: “Green juice” and Kraft Caramels
Shakira doesn’t go to the gym (yeah, we’re skeptical about this one too): The singer claims she keeps her nearly perfect figure by rotating through various sports—basketball, boxing, and tennis—on a strict seven-day schedule.
“Tennis is great because I spend an hour moving and concentrating on that little yellow ball,” Shakira tells Billboard. “It’s great therapy.”
Her soccer star boyfriend always dedicates his goals to her. Whenever Pique scores for Barcelona, he crosses his arms and flashes the peace sign with both hands, referencing his and Shakira’s shared February 2 birthday.
“That’s how he won me over,” Shakira said. “During the World Cup, he’d say, ‘If I score a goal, I’ll dedicate it to you.’ But we weren’t dating then.”
Pique doesn’t let Shakira shoot steamy music videos with men anymore. In fact, she had to ask Pique for permission to shoot the video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You” with Rihanna.
“I like that he protects his turf and he values me, in a way that the only person that he would ever let graze my thigh would be Rihanna.”
“Can’t Remember to Forget You” is Shakira’s second highest viewed music video on YouTube with nearly 200 million views. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is her highest viewed video with over 629 million views.
She’s passionate about education. She’s built six schools through her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation. She believes education is the key to leveling the playing field between the rich and poor in Colombia. She took her son Milan to Colombia for the first time in February for the inauguration of the sixth one.
Her good-luck charm? Milan, her son, naturally. “He’s brought me such good luck.”
What’s your favorite Shakira song? Let us know in the comments below!
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