Born In: Barranquilla, Colombia
Shakira is a highly successful Columbian pop artist, best known for her scintillating belly dance moves in the video of the song ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ Having a keen interest in music from childhood, Shakira wrote her first poem when she was just 4. At a young age, she would also dance impromptu at restaurants playing groovy music. She often used to sing and dance for her classmates and teachers at school, and earned the nickname ‘the belly dancer girl.’ As a teen, she began performing around her town and caught the attention of the local theater producer Monica Ariza who introduced her to ‘Sony Colombia’ executive Ciro Vargas. She released her first album ‘Magia’ when she was just fourteen. Though the album did not do well commercially, it gave her the much-needed exposure. Her big breakthrough came in the form of her third album ‘Pies Descalzos’ which peaked at number one in eight different countries. She also earned several awards and nominations for the album, and became popular overnight. Her success in Latin music encouraged her to try her hand at English language albums. Her first attempt at English language album ‘Laundry Service’ went multi-platinum, and is considered the most successful album of her career. She has sold over 95 million records worldwide. She is the top-selling female Latin artists of all time as of 2023, as reported by Billboard.
Also Known As: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Spouse/Ex-: Gerard Piqué
father: William Mebarak Chadid
mother: Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado
children: Milan Piqué Mebarak
Partner: Antonio de la Rúa (2000–2010), Gerard Piqué (2011)
Born Country: Colombia
Founder/Co-Founder: Pies Descalzos Foundation, ALAS Foundation
Shakira was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia, to Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. She has several half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage.
Inclined towards arts from her childhood, she started writing poetry at the age of 4 and also loved dancing.
Her debut album ‘Magia’ released in 1991. It included songs she had written since she was 8. The album did not do well commercially.
Shakira's tenth studio album released on March 25, 2014. In the same year, she also performed the song ‘Dare (La La La)’ at the closing ceremony of the 2014 ‘FIFA World Cup.’
In 2011, she started dating Spanish football player Gerard Pique. Shakira and Gerard were blessed with a son named Milan Pique on January 22, 2013. On January 29, 2015, Shakira gave birth to their second son named Sasha Pique. In 2022, the couple announced their separation.
‘Beatles’ star John Lennon is her major influence.
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