Shakira talks about her recent split from partner Gerard Pique and how music was vital for her to get through her “darkest times” and show her children the best she can be.
The 45-year-old Colombian singer spoke deer on how she got over her difficult split, after announcing in June that she and the Spanish footballer had resigned, and dealing with a custody battle that resulted from the couple’s sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. Creating new music has been a huge part of Shakira’s healing journey, it is the livelihood of her children that she continues to focus on.
“I think music is a life raft. There were days when I had to pick pieces of me off the floor. And the only way to do that, to actually do that, was through music. You know, really, like, I put myself back together and see myself in the mirror and I know I’m a mother and my children depend on me,” she said, noting that her career often seemed like a distraction from motherhood before. “Sometimes I’ve feared my work a lot in the past because I just wanted to be there for my kids. I mean, I just wanted to cuddle my kids in bed a little bit longer. And then I had to, like, get up and shoot a video and fulfill my obligations. But now I’m very grateful for my work. And the potential for that to give us a regrouping of ourselves and an awareness of who we are and why we’re here on this planet — what our purpose is, our mission.”
Pouring herself into her craft was a good distraction from the negative press surrounding the end of her relationship. However, protecting her children from chaos presents an additional challenge.
“It was hard not only for me, but also for my kids. Very hard. I have paparazzi camping outside, in front of my house, 24/7. There is nowhere for me to hide with my kids, except for the sake of my house. As You know, we can’t take a walk in the park like a normal family or go eat ice cream or do any activity without the paparazzi following us.” And I tried to hide the situation in front of my kids. I try to do that and protect them, because this is my number one mission in life. But then they hear things at school from their friends or they come across some hateful and unpleasant news on the internet, and it just affects them, you know? “
She said that the local press in Spain, where she called Barcelona her homeland, had become “invasive to my children”, as the paparazzi interrupted their daily lives.
“They don’t deserve to feel noticed or watched every second, or filmed at school, or followed by the paparazzi. They deserve a normal life. It’s just a complete circus, and everyone speculates about all these aspects of our business, most importantly our children and our lives and many of them are not. Right “. “No matter how things turned out or how Gerrard and I feel about each other as ex-partners, he is the father of my children. We have a job to do for these two wonderful boys, and I have faith that we will find out what is best for their future, their dreams in life, and what is a just solution to all concerned. I hope and would be grateful if we could have the space to do this in private.”
She continued, “It’s really upsetting for two kids trying to process their parents’ separation. Sometimes I feel like this is just a bad dream and I’m going to wake up at some point. But no, it’s real.”
While managing her mental health through this has been a challenge, the priority she places on her children is what ultimately succeeds overcoming Shakira.
“I’m just running, I guess, reminding myself that I need to become an example to my children, that I need to be what they want, and what I want them to become,” she said. “And I want to be there, too, for all the people who have shown me their love and support. This is my biggest strength. This is my strongest drive right now.”
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