Why Shakira Doesn't Make Her Kids Listen To Her Music

Born in Colombia, Shakira released her first record in 1991 to moderate success (via Britannica). After a break from recording to pursue an acting project, she returned in 1995 with her third album "Pies descalzos," which produced hits like "Estoy aquí" and "Pienso en ti." She went on to release her first English-language record "Laundry Service" in 2001. It featured the major hit "Whenever, Wherever." Her 2006 smash "Hips Don't Lie" went on to top the selling records of "Whenever, Wherever" and became one of the best selling-singles of all time, per Sony/ATV.

Shakira has also collaborated with some major artists throughout her career. One of the most recognizable duets is her song with Beyoncé called "Beautiful Liar," which dropped in 2007 (via Billboard). She's worked with the likes of Rihanna, Pitbull, and, most recently, the Black Eyed Peas on "Girl Like Me" (via YouTube). 

Having sold millions of records worldwide (via Official Chart History) and with over 32 million monthly streams on Spotify, it's pretty hard not to hear Shakira's songs. They're present on any form of media. However, the hitmaker's children don't really listen to her music. Here's why. 

Shakira avoids playing her music in her home so her kids have a sense of normalcy

Alongside her music career, Shakira has built a family with her partner — Spanish football player Gerard Piqué. The couple, who met on the set of the music video for "Waka Waka" in 2010 (via Oprah Daily), share two sons together. And in raising their kids, they've made it a priority to give them as much normalcy as possible — which includes an avoidance of playing Shakira's music in the house.

"I don't make them listen to my music," she told Entertainment Tonight Canada. "I try to avoid playing my own music in my house. I try to give them as much normalcy as I can." While she hasn't outright banned them from hearing her songs, she doesn't want her sons to get caught up in the fact that their parents are celebrities. Shakira added that she thought her children did "appreciate" her music when they heard it.

"I can't deny they can't escape the reality that I'm a public person, as well as their dad," she continued. "But we try to provide as much normalcy as we can, and live really as very simple people."