Shakira Isabel Merabak Ripoll (this is the full name of the singer) was born on February 2, 1977 in the Colombian city of Barranquilla. The girl was the first child of a mother and an Arab father's last, so the baby became the darling of the whole family. Shakira spent his childhood in one of the areas of his native city. By the brisk girl always had stepbrothers. Future celebrity grew up surrounded by books, music rhythms and precious stones. The father of the singer was a writer and owner of a popular jewelry store in the city.

The girl-child prodigy
With diapers Shakira (Shakira) began to show an interest in literature and music. Already in 1.5 years old girl knew the alphabet, 3 learned to read and write, and four have already been prepared for school. A year later, experts staged Shakira test and in one voice said that she is prodigy. Mom future singer felt that her daughter will grow a painter or a writer, as a girl drew a lot, but then, 4 years, began writing poetry itself. The school also predicted Shakira career ballerina or a dancer for constant performance. However, parents are made out in the 8-year-old girl singer. At this time, Shakira just wrote the song "Your dark glasses." By the way, in spite of the talent, childhood future star was the same as that of the peer. However, other children girl still differed - their beauty. Shakira even won the competition "Child of the Atlantic." Since the age of 10, Shakira began performing in public - she danced oriental dance. All friends remember her as - with a coin in the navel. Then, growing up Star won the competition "Long live the children!". A few years later a journalist by the name of Monica Arias introduced Shakira with officials Ciro Vargas from Sony Music. A man singing talent so impressed the young talent that he immediately signed her. The girl begins to combine study with recording his first album «Magia».

Shakira attended the Ensenyansa del Barriloche and local choir did not accept it. One of the teachers said, her voice bellowing like a goat. In 13 years, Shakira first experienced the joys and sorrows of love. She nurtured tender feelings for a neighbor boy, who, by the way, spoke of his dream of becoming a singer. Already in the 14 years she was the most famous singer by local standards. Then it gradually began to learn the name of the entire country. Shakira Colombia presented at the festival "Viña del Mar" and won it with a song of his own composition «ERES». Already in the 15 years the young singer released her second album "Danger". The album was unsuccessful, only one song from the album was a success with the audience. Girl come to grips with writing the third album. She knew if he would have the same fate as that of the second, then career will be put an end. After graduation, she moved with her mother in the Colombian capital Bogota. There she was offered the lead role in the TV series "Oasis".

In 1994, Shakira first performed before a respectable audience - journalists, critics, stars of stage and film. In awarding the best serials and television programs it says Pares Tellez, who later became her manager. At this time, the company "Sony" was about to terminate the contract with the singer, but she presented her song called "Where you heart", which becomes a hit.

Mad popularity
In autumn 1996, Shakira modestly presents his third album "Bare feet". And then - a great success, sold thousands of CDs and an army of fans. There was a first world tour. The singer has traveled all the countries of the continent, and everywhere its disk was on top of the charts. At the same time she starts dating a former member of the rock group «POLIGAMIA». However, the novel lasted less than six months due to the permanent employment of the singer. Glory singer marred somewhat sad event at one of the concerts. Because speculation on speech in Barranquilla several deaths. Shakira is so shocked by the event that she even considered quit his career. In 1996, Shakira was named media "Woman of the Year" and "Person of the Year." That's because it was the first resident of Colombia, which won the most distant countries, such as Japan, Spain and Portugal.

In 1997, it became aware of her novel with fashionable actor Osvaldo Ríos. The lovers hid their feelings in public, but everyone knew about their relationship. However, and this novel long existed. The couple broke up after 8 months. By this time, Shakira was already a renowned singer. In her piggy bank was hundreds of awards, including «Lo Nuestro», «Billboard», «Eres», as well as 22 gold records and 55 platinum. In addition, she performed her cherished dream - to meet the Pope. Meanwhile, the audience waited for the fourth album of the singer. And all were looking forward to success. This scarecrow Shakira. The material for the disc was ready, but the paper with the songs were stolen unknown. She still goes to work on the next album. This helped her producer Emilio Estefan. The album "Where thieves?" Does not have to wait long. Shakira cried with happiness - it was the drive five times platinum, and for the first day of sales of fans bought 300,000 copies.

In 2001, Shakira released a recording of the concert version of the song «MTVUnplugged». This album made its insanely popular in the United States, and the success has been fixed premium "Grammy". This was followed by a disc called "Laundry", which included 9 songs in English and 4 in Spanish. The first single - «Whenever, wherever» - made of a truly global star Shakira. In 2005, Shakira released a disc of the Spanish «Fijación Oral Vol. 1". Singles generally rotated in Spanish-speaking countries. In the same year he published the record in the English «Oral Fixation Vol. 2 ". The girl goes on a world tour and gives 150 concerts in hundreds of cities in 37 countries. In 2007, the singer, along with Beyonce for the duet "Veautiful Liar» reward MTV VMA. From that moment, her constant cooperation with other celebrities. In 2008, a charity evening in Argentina Shakira sang along with Mercedes Sosa, then spoke with Gustavo and Carlos Vives Surat.

After a long break in his career, in 2009, Shakira released the album «She Wolf». It differs from the rest of the creative divas electronic dance sound. There she mixed the music of different countries. In autumn 2010, followed by another disc of the singer, the seventh album was titled «Sale el sol». It contains songs both in Spanish and in English. The album was successful enough. He won 13 nominations Billboard de la Musica Latina, as well as 6 awards the prestigious prize.

Personal life
In 2000, Shakira began a relationship with the son of Argentine President Fernando de la Rua Antonio. A year later, the young man made a proposal to the singer. Loving couple planned to get married, however, the artist said that all this is a rumor. Nevertheless, the novel has lasted long enough. Only in January 2011, Shakira has officially announced the break with Antonio.

"For nearly 11 years we have loved each other ... It was the most wonderful years of our lives ... Meanwhile, in August 2010, our love affair by mutual consent to adjourn, but we continued to work together, keeping the incident secret", - told Shakira. Now the singer is found in Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique. The pair, along with the fall of 2010, however, about his relationship lovers spoke only in March 2011.



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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on 2 February 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. Her father then emigrated to Colombia at age 5. The name Shakira is Arabic (شَاكِرَة, šākirah), from which language it translates as "grateful". It is the feminine form of the name Shakir (شَاكِر, šākir). From her mother, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) and Italian ancestry. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. She has eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage. Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, and wrote her first poem, titled "La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose", when she was only four years old. As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got that typewriter at the age of seven, and has continued writing poetry since then. These poems eventually evolved into songs. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident; six years later, at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, titled "Tus gafas oscuras/Your dark glasses", which was inspired by her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief.