Shakira is back with a new single, “Clandestino”, and a new tour, her first in seven years.
The singer, 41, took a break to start a family with her husband, Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, but unexpectedly needed time in 2017 to recover from a vocal hemorrhage.
But now, Shakira is kicking off her “El Dorado” tour once again and spoke with the BBC about her return to the road.
“Last year was one of the most difficult times of my entire life,” she told the outlet from Amsterdam. “Being back on stage has been so emotional.”
Shakira even admitted to having doubts she’d ever return. “There were times when I doubted I would ever be in front of a crowd again singing my songs.”
But despite the doubts, the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer said she prayed for a miracle. “I remember praying. I had forgotten to pray for a while, but when you go through hardship you suddenly recover your faith!” she explained.
“I was promising God if I could ever use my voice again, I would celebrate every night — and that’s what I’m doing.”
Shakira brings her “El Dorado” tour to Toronto Aug. 7.