Shakira: ‘If It Wasn’t For The World Cup My Son Milan Would Not Be Here’

During a press conference, a giddy Shakira discussed her upcoming performance at the closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup 2014. During the event, ABC News reports that Shakira credited the World Cup for bringing her the love of her life:

“[I] will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup.”

She also went on record to say that, of course, without World Cup soccer, she would never have had the opportunity to be Milan’s mom:

“If it wasn’t for the World Cup my son Milan would not be here.”

It seems that the singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, model, spokesperson, and mother is really nostalgic about her involvement with the event that is steadily gaining worldwide recognition. She has been outspoken about her support of the World Cup in the past and even recorded “Waka, Waka (This Time for Africa)” to show support for Africa and to raise awareness about her humanitarian interests in the country. The song was recorded in 2010.

Also notable about the 2010 World Cup is the fact that this is where Shak met her future long term partner and the father to her only child. Gerard Pique and Shakira met while she was in Africa for her World Cup performance. He is a Spanish soccer player who plays center back for the Barcelona Football Club and the Spanish National MLS. The two went public with their relationship in 2011 and Shakira gave birth to their son, Milan, in Spain on January 22, 2013.

Now Shakira is set to perform her hit song “La, La, La (Brazil 2014)” at the 2014 World Cup closing ceremonies with hometown favorite Carlinhos Brown. If you’ve never heard the song, you can watch the official video from Shakira’s VEVO channel below:

The closing ceremonies will commence at 22:30 IST, before Argentina and Germany take to the field to battle it out in the Macarana stadium located in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Also performing at the closing ceremonies:

Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires will perform “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)”, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo, and a samba school will also ring in the closing ceremony, NDTV Sports reports.

Shakira took to her Twitter account, writing in the following message in Portuguese:

“Hi Brazil, here I am, miss you. very happy to see you again! Shak”

This will be Shakira’s third time performing at the World Cup ceremonies.

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