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?
Who is Shakira husband?
Gerard Pique (long-term partner)
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 (long-term partner since 2011)
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 early 2000s she was in love with Antonio de la Rúa, the son of ex-President of Argentine. It was rumored that Antonio proposed 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 to the song, and young Gerard was one of football players, who appeared there.
At first the couple, who shares the same birthday with 10 year age difference, tried to keep in 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 public eyes. He told that he was born as 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 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 future husband studied in the FC academy during 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 sport stars. During his first days in the youthful department of Barça he got acquainted with Lionel Messi, who till 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 skilful as a player, his first appearances on the field as a pro player were not so successful. That’s why he parted his 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.
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 the ideas for parents, how to help children develop their talents.
In addition to 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 to Shaki’s mother he names “mature love of his second youth”.
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.