On Sunday, Colombian pop sensation Shakira will get football fans moving their hips yet again when she makes her third consecutive World Cup appearance at the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium before the final match.
Shakira will perform her song "La La La (Brazil 2014)," four years from when she sung "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" in Soccer City, Johannesburg, at the end of the 2010 World Cup.
The pop singer chatted with us before her big performance about her son, Milan, with partner Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, her charity work and, of course, whom she is rooting for in the tournament.
If your career were in football, would you be a player or coach?
I believe coach, because for it you have to know how to play both on and off of the field. I’m a strategist — I won't take a step before studying the movements well. Besides, football is an important part of my life, because having a football player next to me, that’s something normal for me, as normal as, say, eating.
If you had super powers, what would you use them for?
To fight for education, and to defend human rights.
What direction are you taking your career to?
My career has given me great satisfaction, but as a public figure you can use fame to achieve many things. I have learnt to enjoy that part of being someone who delivers entertainment through music, but I also want to do something more with my life. Music is the platform and vehicle that allows me to use my voice to talk about those subjects that require urgent attention. I worry about children as well as education — a very important issue in Latin America which I am working on.
How do you define yourself as a woman?
I’m just a woman with multiple facets, many colors… sometimes a bit grey but other days full of color.
What’s family life like now that you have a child?
This year has been very intense with many travels and emotions, so you have to take time to relax and be more with the family. I have a son who’s learning to walk and requires all our attention. Gerard [Piqué] completes me, so we try to be together most of the time. He doesn’t like to see us far away, he protects us very much.
How have you enjoyed the World Cup?
I have enjoyed it and suffered for it. First with Spain, then Colombia. I shed many tears but it filled me with pride that through their talent and performances the Colombian national team made history at the World Cup. Now we have to wait for the final, but I hope Argentina will win it — for the Americas.
What does it mean for you to perform at the World Cup final?
That I will be there is all thanks to my fans. I didn’t plan on performing that day, but I’ll be there for the closing ceremony of the World Cup because they have taken me there and that fills me with joy.