June 07

Does She Ever Rest?

Shakira releases the Spanish-language album Fijación Oral: Volumen 1, one of two albums she puts out in 2005. "It wasn't planned," she tells PEOPLE. "One day I found out I had 60 songs, so I selected 20 of them – some were in English, some were in Spanish. I realized I had two albums there." The English release, Oral Fixation: Vol. 2, which includes Santana, comes out November 29.



June 05

Hitmaking Hips

Originally left off Oral Fixation: Vol. 2 but added as a bonus track on a later edition, Shakira's single "Hips Don't Lie" reaches No. 1 on both the U.S. Top 40 and Latin charts in the same week, becoming the first song to do so. A duet with Wyclef Jean also sets a record, becoming the most played song in pop-radio history, with 9,582 spins in one week.


July 31

Moon Woman

Shakira ties the Red Hot Chili Peppers for most nominations (seven) when the contenders for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards are announced in New York City. Despite being up for big-ticket categories, such as Video of the Year and Best Female Singer, she wins only one statue for Best Choreography at the Aug. 31 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.

December 13

Taking Action

Shakira starts a charity, ALAS, to battle childhood poverty. Of her charitable work, Shakira tells PEOPLE, "It is as important as my musical career." Shakira is soon named one of People en Espanol's 100 Most Influential Hispanics.





With the release of her third English-speaking album, She Wolf, Shakira covers Rolling Stone. In the interview, she reveals she’s ready to conquer the U.S. charts and possibly start a family. "My body feels like it is asking to reproduce," she says.




Shakira's Breaking Point

After years of fielding questions about marriage, Shakira and boyfriend of 11 years Antonio de la Rúa split. "We made a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship," the pair writes on the singer's website. "We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives."




'Piqué' Perfection

Months after her split, Shakira Tweets a cozy photo of her and FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué with a Spanish caption that translates to "I present my sun to you." Though she stays mum on the relationship, the couple continues to step out looking cozy.



September 19

Family Hour

A day after announcing her role as a replacement coach on The Voice's fourth season, Shakira confirms she is pregnant. "As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby!" she writes on her website.



January 22

Bouncing Baby Boy

The Voice judge and boyfriend Piqué welcome son Milan, whose birth they announce on Shakira's website. "The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification," they share.




Four Real

"Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you for all your well wishes!" the singer writes on Facebook in late August, confirming news broken by Cosmopolitan en Español that week. Days later, her parents reportedly tell Hola! magazine that baby No. 2 will be another boy.

Photo Credits

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic; Frank Micelotta/Getty; Courtesy Rolling Stone Magazine; Ethan Miller/Getty; Courtesy Shakira; JAUME LAIGUANA; COURTESY UNICEF; Axelle/FilmMagic

Edited by Julia Wang


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