But, these days, the Grammy winner—who has sons Milan10, and Sasha, 8, with the former soccer star–willing to put himself first. “There comes a time in every woman’s life when she no longer depends on another person to love and accept herself for who she is,” he explained. “A time when the search for others is replaced by the search for oneself.”
He added, “A time where the desire to be perfect is replaced by the desire to be true, and where finding someone to be honest with is less important than being honest with ourselves.”
And the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer’s music is for those who can relate to these experiences.
“The most important lessons I learned from other women, and for them I write what I write and I sing what I sing,” Shakira declared, “Because only a woman can love until she can break; can speak with the most brutal honesty; can sing in anger; dance in joy and cry in emotion. Only a woman can do that.”