Colombian pop star Shakira has taken aim at her ex-partner, former Barça soccer player Gerard Piqué, in a fiery new track called BZRP Music Session 53. Recorded with Argentinean producer Bizarrap as part of his popular BZRP Music Sessions, Shakira speaks out about her breakup with Piqué, who she was with for nearly 12 years.
The song includes lyrics such as “Una loba como yo no esta pa’ tipos como tu” (A she-wolf like me isn’t for guys like you) – a reference to her 2009 mega-hit She Wolf.
While Monotonía, Shakira’s first track after the breakup, spoke of heartbreak, BZRP Music Session 53 is more openly critical of Piqué. In the song, she says he was the “worst version” of himself when she needed him most – possibly a reference to the health battles of her 91-year-old father, William Mebarak. “I won’t get back with you, not if you cry, not even if you beg me,” she sings in Spanish.
There are also thinly-veiled references to Piqué's new girlfriend. “I became too big for you. You are now with someone just like you,” she sings. And even her mother-in-law gets a mention: “You left me with my mother-in-law as my neighbor, with the press at the door and my Tax Office debt.” Shakira is set to face trial in Spain over allegations she defrauded the Spanish Tax Agency of €14.5 million ($15.5 million).
Any doubts that Shakira was talking about Piqué are dispelled by the line: “It’s clear that it’s not my fault if they criticize you. I just make music, sorry if it splashes you.” In this case, Shakira emphasizes the “pique” in “salpique,” the Spanish word for splash.
The Colombian singer has not only expressed her feelings about the breakup in music: in her Happy New Year message for 2023, Shakira posted: “Although our wounds remain open in this new year, time has the hands of a surgeon.”
The new song comes after Shakira criticized Piqué putting their eldest son Milan in a live Twitch stream without her consent. “Sources from Shakira’s environment assure that the singer in no case gave her prior consent nor was she consulted about the participation of her son Milan in the broadcast of an event by Gerard Piqué's company, in a discussion of adult content,” a communication office statement reads.
Under the child custody agreement, Shakira will live in Miami with the couple’s two children, Sasha, 11, and Milan, nine. The Colombian singer wants to move in January, but the trip has been delayed due to her father’s ailing health.
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