Alongside her music career, Shakira has built a family with her partner — Spanish football player Gerard Piqué. The couple, who met on the set of the music video for “Waka Waka” in 2010 (via Oprah Daily), share two sons together. And in raising their kids, they’ve made it a priority to give them as much normalcy as possible — which includes an avoidance of playing Shakira’s music in the house.
“I don’t make them listen to my music,” she told Entertainment Tonight Canada. “I try to avoid playing my own music in my house. I try to give them as much normalcy as I can.” While she hasn’t outright banned them from hearing her songs, she doesn’t want her sons to get caught up in the fact that their parents are celebrities. Shakira added that she thought her children did “appreciate” her music when they heard it.
“I can’t deny they can’t escape the reality that I’m a public person, as well as their dad,” she continued. “But we try to provide as much normalcy as we can, and live really as very simple people.”