Credit: Splash News Photo: Shakira Kisses Boyfriend Gerard Pique

Now that we’re into the live shows on The Voice 2013, Shakira’s presence has become as natural as Christina Aguilera’s flamingo fans. But she wasn’t always committed to coaching on the hit show. In fact, she originally opted out to be with her boyfriend (and baby daddy) Gerard Piqué.

On May 10, Shakira appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to talk about the decision.

“I was pregnant when I got my first call from NBC and I wasn’t sure that I was going to do it because when they first approached me they told me I had to move to L.A. for six months,” she admitted. “And I knew that if I did that, I was not going to find any boyfriend when I came back to Spain. I’ve been searching for happiness for so long and I’m finally happy with this man so I really gave it some thought and said to them, ‘I can’t.’”

A professional soccer player, Gerard was tied to Spain, unable to accompany the Colombian superstar to Los Angeles to tape the show. But NBC was able to work out the schedule in a way that suited Shak’s liking.

And we’re glad they did! Now this hilarious new mother gets to joke around with Blake Shelton and the other coaches.

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