Interesting Biography Facts
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
singer, dancer, model
February 2, 1977
La Ensenanza School
Shakira family members
William Mebarak Chadid
Older half-siblings: Tonino Mebarak, Alberto Mebarak, Edward Mebarak, Antonio Mebarak, Robin Mebarak, Moises Mebarak; Patricia Mebarak, Lucy Mebarak
Is Shakira a lesbian/bisexual?
What is Shakira marital status?
How many children does she have?
2 (Milan Piqué Mebarak, Sasha Piqué Mebarak)
Latino pop star Shakira seems too good to be true. One of the richest pop singers in the world, she started her way to stardom in the teens, and even then it was obvious that she was a sensation. In addition to her numerous concerts, international tours and awards, she is also a celebrated philanthropist, savior of kids and well-educated woman.
No need to say, that such a great personality is the result of lucky combination of her genes and a hard work of her parents, who didn’t regret either time or money for their talented girl. Let’s look at Shakira family through a magnifying glass!
Gerard Pique (ex-partner; son’s father)
Date of birth: February 2, 1987
Shakira is a beautiful woman, who always is surrounded by lots of male fans. But she always tried to keep in secret the name of that “only one”, who captured her heart.
In the early 2000s she was in love with Antonio de la Rúa, the son of the ex-President of Argentine. It was rumored that Antonio proposed to his dancing lady, but she said “No!” Nevertheless, their love affair lasted about 11 years and in early 2011 the couple amicably separated.
That very year Shaki introduced to the wide circle of her fans her new boyfriend – the football star Gerard Pique.
The couple met at Football World Cup 2010. Then Shakira was invited as a special guest star, who performed “Waka Waka”, the official song of the event. She recorded a music video for the song, and young Gerard was one of the football players, who appeared there.
At first, the couple, who shares the same birthday with 10 year age difference, tried to keep secret their romance. But in March 2011 the singer opened the name of her new loved one. Then each of her fans was curious, who was that mysterious athlete?
In fact, the athlete has never tried to keep his life out of the public eyes. He told that he was born Gerard Piqué Bernabéu in Barcelona. His father Joan Piqué ran a successful business, while his mother Montserrat Bernabeu directed a spinal injuries hospital.
Gerard fell in love with football at a very early age. There was no need for him to choose an area of activity – with his whole heart he felt, that it was football.
At the age of 10, he had already become a trainee at FC Barcelona academy. Frankly speaking, Gerard’s grandfather was a vice president of this club, and he made his grandson love and respect it since the earliest years.
Shakira’s future husband studied in the FC academy for several years. He worked very hard and developed his physical skills. As a youngster, he got numerous accolades. Piqué was selected as the player of the youngest team of Barça, named Alevín A. Except for Gerard, there were many other young players in this team, which later turned into internationally popular sports stars. During his first days in the youthful department of Barça, he got acquainted with Lionel Messi, who now remains Pique’s friend.
Being one of the best young players, our today hero got a chance to become a professional footballer. Soon he was drafted by another famous European club Manchester United. He signed his first professional deal in 2004.
Although Shaki’s future lover was really skillful as a player, his first appearances on the field as a pro player were not so successful. That’s why he parted ways with Manchester United and after short cooperation with some other clubs, he returned to Barcelona, where finally met his finest hour.
Having become one of the best team players in 2008-2009, soon Gerard met the main lady of his life – Shakira. Till now they live a cozy family life. Shaki and her loved one have already become parents of two sweet sons.
Their relationship seemed perfect for almost a decade. But nothing lasts for long, especially if we speak about star marriages. On June 4, 2022, the famous couple officially announced their separation. The fans were even more shocked when they knew the reason for such a decision. It turned out, that Pique cheated on her with Clara Chia Marti, who is much younger than the football player.
Although Pique went public with his and Clara’s relationship only on August 2022, when both attended the music festival, it turned out that they were lovers while Gerard was still Shakira’s partner. That caused a wave of hate against Clara. Gerard and she were even kicked out of a Japanese restaurant in Barcelona, where both wanted to have dinner. It turned down, that the restaurant owner was Shakira’s fan.
In addition, in November 2022 Gerard announced his retirement from professional football.
Milan Piqué Mebarak (son with Gerard Pique)
Date of birth: January 22, 2013
When the singer got pregnant for the first time, of course, she tried to make it private. But rumors of her possible pregnancy appeared, when she was spotted, visiting with her husband a baby store in Miami. Later the singer confirmed, she was expecting. The pop star cancelled a number of advanced-planned public appearances because of her pregnancy. While waiting the first for both baby, the singer and her athletic partner bought a new cozy mansion in Barcelona.
Finally, it happened. In January, 2013 Shaki gave a birth to the cute baby boy, which was named as Milan. Currently the kid is 5 years old. He has already made a number of public appearances, including starring in his mother’s music video “La La La – Brazil” alongside his father and a number of other popular football players, including Cesc Fàbregas, Neymar etc.
Milan has a younger brother Sasha.
Sasha Piqué Mebarak (son with Gerard Pique)
Date of birth: January 29, 2015
The second son in the family of two celebs was born two years later. For the first time Sasha appeared in public, being just 6 months old. Then his parents posted a video of the boy, kicking a ball. Thus, they hinted, that Sasha inherited his father’s genes and may follow his path in future.
In her interview to “Hello” magazine (Spanish version) Shaki opened up, that being a mother of two boys changed her. Her world hasn’t been focused exclusively on herself since their birth. But she fells happy to make them a centre of her life.
Who are Shakira parents?
William Mebarak Chadid (father)
Date of birth: 1931
William Mebarak Chadid is not just Shakira’s father, he is one of her best friends too. A successful businessman, he comes from Lebanon. His parents immigrated to USA, when William was just 5 years old.
Mr. Mebarak is a very rich person, who built his brand with his own hands. He sold jewelry but easily left his successful business to get on the road with his talented daughter. Shaki signed her first deal (with Sony Music) at the age of 13, and she convinced her parents to help her become a pop star.
As for now, William is known as the author of several books, including Shakira’s biography. In the book, he shares ideas for parents, on how to help children develop their talents.
In addition to his biography, Mebarak Chadid has a book of love poems and short stories. He tells that he devoted the poems to his youthful sweethearts. By the way, his feelings for Shaki’s mother he names “mature love of his second youth”.
In the summer of 2022, Shakira’s father accidentally fell down. After that his motor skills got worse and he was taken to a hospital in Barcelona. He spent several days in a hospital, and then Shakira took him home to care for her beloved daddy.
Unfortunately, the serious fall down had some complications. In October 2022 the man was taken to the hospital again. His state of health is quite hard.
Nidia Ripoll (mother)
Shakira is a lucky kid, who grew up in the family of two creative people. Her father was an amateur singer, who performed in a choir during the years of his studying, while her mother was an amateur painter.
Nidia Ripoll is the second wife of a talented businessman William Mebarak. She is a housewife. Shaki is her only child, while from her father’s side the singer has 8 half-siblings.
Tonino Mebarak (older half-brother)
Previously Shaki’s dad was married to Lucila Mebarak. They had 9 kids together (one of them was killed in a car crash).
Tonino Mebarak is more close with Shakira, than her other half-siblings. Very often the pop singer is photographed with him. No wonder, because he is her road manager.
When the man is not busy with Shak’s tours, he lives calm and affluent life in Miami. Like his father, he earned a solid wealth through selling expensive watch and jewelry. When his younger half-sister started her career in music industry, the big brother did everything to help her capture the world (in a musical since of word, of course).
Alberto Mebarak (older half-brother)
In spite of age gap, Alberto is a big fan of Shakira music. He shares her songs through social media, and seems to be in love with her rhythms. He earns his living as a lawyer.
Edward Mebarak (older half-brother)
The other son of Lucila and William, Edward is married. His wife’s name is Clara. They are parents of two beautiful kids Lucca and Mattew. He resides in Miami and works as an engineer.
Antonio Mebarak (older half-brother)
The son of William and his ex-wife Lucila, Antonio inherited his father’s talent to business. He is an internationally celebrated entrepreneur and a successful real estate agent, who sells luxurious mansions to celebs. Once he helped his stellar sister to sell a house too.
Robin Mebarak (older half-brother)
The other Shak’s older brother Robin resides in Barranquilla. He is married and has two kids.
Moises Mebarak (older half-brother)
Moises lives in Barranquilla too. Previously he worked in FC Barcelona.
Patricia Mebarak (older half-sister)
One of two half-sisters of a Latino pop star Shaki, Patricia resides in Spain. She works in educational area.
Lucy Mebarak (older half-sister)
She is the second sister of Shakira. Lucy serves as a surgeon.
Interesting and fun facts
- In early 2023 Shakira and her ex-partner Gerard spent long 12 hours discussing the details of the divorce settlement. It seemed that Pique didn’t want to go to court as he was the person, who cheated. That’s why he allowed Shakira to move their 2 sons from Barcelona to Miami. The couple has joint custody over their sons, so Gerard has a right to spend 10 days each month with his kids.
- In January 2023 Shakira released the song “Out of Your League” with Bizarrap, the Argentine producer. In the song, she expressed her opinion of her ex-partner Gerard and his mistress Clara. The singer compared herself to Rolex, while she called Clara “Casio”. Thus, through the song, she took revenge on her unfaithful husband.