Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on 2 February 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. She is of Colombian and Lebanese descent.
Her father William was born in New York City to a family from Lebanon. When he was five, his family moved to Colombia.
Her Colombian mother’s side has two Spanish surnames, Ripoll and Torrado, the former of which is Catalan and originates from four brothers who immigrated from Catalonia to coastal Colombia in the 19th century.
She has also claimed to have distant Italian roots through an ancestor with the surname “Pisciotti”. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools.
Shakira First Boyfriend: Who is Antonio de la Rúa?
Shakira ex-boyfriend: who is Antonio de la rúa?
Shakira began a relationship with Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rúa in 2000.
In a 2009 interview, Shakira stated their relationship already worked as a married couple, and that “they don’t need papers for that”.
After 10 years together, Shakira and de la Rúa separated in August 2010 in what she described as “a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship”.
Antonio de la Rúa has not mentioned anything about his personal life to the public.