“I bought the story that a woman needs a man to be complete,” Shakira said, according to a translation from the outlet. “I had that dream of having a family: mother and a father living with their children living under the same roof. Not every dream in life comes true, but life finds a way to make it up to you.”
“There is this quote … that I love, and it says, ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support women,'” the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer continued, referencing a line former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Shakira was likely reacting to a recent photo her ex-partner Gerard Piqué posted of himself smiling with 23-year-old Clara Chia Marti. Piqué, who shares two children with Shakira and was in a relationship with her for 11 years, allegedly cheated on the singer with Marti while Shakira was on tour. The pair announced their split last summer.
“I’ve always been very emotionally dependent [on men] – I have to confess this. I just love love,” Shakira continued during the interview. “But I think somehow I see things from a different perspective now. I feel I’m enough and I think when a woman faces challenges in life, they come back stronger. You learn to see your flaws, to embrace your vulnerability and express that pain you might be feeling.”
While it took her a long time to process those emotions, the 46-year-old performer said she’s doing better now because she has to.
“I feel complete — because I feel like I can depend on myself and I have two kids who depend on me,” she said of sons Sasha, 8, and Milan, 10.
Shakira went on to assert she had to be “stronger than a lion” as she moved on from the Spanish soccer star amid the cheating scandal. “That strength, in order for it to be real and not a façade … it needs to be the result of a great pain,” she said. “Accepting that pain and tolerating the frustration because there are things in life that don’t turn out the way we want them to.”
Though Shakira and Piqué shared two children and a long-term relationship, they never legally married. “We already have what’s essential, you know?” the “She Wolf” singer told Glamour during a 2014 interview.
“We have a union, a love for each other, and a baby. I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them.”