Shakira opened up about her split from Gerard Pique during her speech for Woman of the Year at the Billboard Awards on Saturday (May 6).
In her first public appearance since moving to Miami, the 46-year-old singer accepted the Woman of the Year award at the Latin Women in Music inaugural gala and gave an emotional speech about her life experiences.
“There comes a time in every woman’s life when she no longer depends on someone who loves or accepts her for who she is,” said the Colombian singer.
“The search for the other is replaced by the search for oneself when the desire for perfection is replaced with the desire for authenticity,” she added.
“It’s a year where I realized that women are much stronger than we think,” said Shakira, who split from the former Barcelona footballer in 2022 after 11 years of dating. “We are braver than we think. I think we’re also more independent than we’ve been taught.
“What woman hasn’t had the experience of looking for attention, affection, or approval from others and forgetting about herself in the process? it happened to me
“It doesn’t matter that much whether someone is faithful or not, what really matters is whether you continue to be true to yourself,” she added.
Before closing, Shakira said her music helped her through the difficult times in her life.
“It’s true that when I was feeling my most lost, it was music that set me on the path back to myself,” she said.
Celebrating women, she went on to say: ‘For her, for you, I wrote what I wrote and sang what I sang, for only a woman can love until she tears herself apart; can speak with the most brutal honesty; can sing with anger; dance in ecstasy and be moved to tears with emotion. Only a woman can do that.”
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Pique took to Instagram with his new girlfriend Clara Chia Marti in January.
Just a week later, the pair became the object of Shakira’s wrath when she released a “diss track,” “BZRP Music Sessions #53,” which went viral thanks to its catchy nature and brutal lyrics.