Full name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Date of birth: February 2, 1977
Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia
Boyfriend: FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué
Children: Milan Piqué i Mebarak, (born January 22nd 2013)
Bet you didn’t know... Shakira speaks Portuguese, Italian, English, and Spanish!
Move over, Christina Aguilera, Shakira's hips are shaking all over the place! This latin pop star has been singing and dancing for as long as we can remember and has sold a whopping 70 million records. Shakira's first chart-topper was 2001's sensation "Whenever, Wherever," and she's been debuting non-stop hits every since. "Hips Don't Lie" reached No. 1 on the charts, while her 2007 collaboration with Beyonce, "Beautiful Liar" reached No. 3! Oh, and she's she highest-selling Colombian artist of all time (brushing shoulders off).
This gal is beyond talented, so as you might expect she's earned more than her fair share of awards, including two Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, and a cool 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards. And let's not forget about her Golden Globe!
When she isn't busy belly dancing her way around the world, Shakira devotes herself to charitable projects. She started The Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation at the age of 18, which provides education to children in Colombia, Haiti and South Africa. In fact, President Obama was so impressed with her work that he invited her to the Oval Office to chat about Early Childhood Development!
Shakira currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, with her boyfriend, FB Barcelona centre back, Gerard Pique, who she met while filming the music video for "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" –– otherwise known as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup! These two announced that they were expecting a baby back in September 2012, and Shakira gave birth to a son, Milan Pique Mebarak, on January 22, 2013.