Shakira is opening up about her new friendship with Prince William in an interview with Glamour U.K.
The singer is a member of William’s Earthshot Prize council, telling the mag of her work with the royal: “Seeing Prince William’s passion and how genuinely determined he is to provoke change is very, very inspiring.
“It’s just incredible to see how committed he is, and all the people at Earthshot are, to make change happen in the world in such a short amount of time. And it’s not impossible. It requires many of us, plenty of commitment and determination, and we need to raise awareness towards that.”
Shakira, who fronts the publication’s debut Environment Issue to coincide with the UN COP 26 Climate Change Conference, explains how her children are the reason she signed up to the Earthshot Prize, sharing: “Seeing them so worried, so concerned about the planet and how they can make this a better place has been so inspiring to me as a mother. As a parent, I want to make sure that they will live in a world that will be better than the one I grew up in.”
The Earthshot Prize Awards will take place every year from 2021 until 2030 and will reward solutions to five Earthshot goals: to protect and restore nature, revive our oceans, to clean our air, build a waste-free world, and fix our climate.
The Colombian singer then reflects on the discrimination she faced when entering the music industry: “I remember when I had my first big break in music outside Colombia, there were many double entendre comments about what it meant to be Colombian, and usually associated with drug trafficking, all of that. It’s like, we’re always the joke, it was uncomfortable.”
She also speaks candidly on confidence and self-doubt: “Sometimes I project this image of confidence, but in reality, I’m very, very insecure. I feel like I have this duality. It’s weird, because sometimes I feel really empowered that I can do it all, but it never happens without me going through a process of self doubt.”
Shakira then discusses a recent incident in which two wild boars attempted to snatch her purse in a park in Barcelona.
She shares, “I was taking my son Milan for a walk in the park and I got him a little ice cream. We sat on one of those park benches and we were just minding our own business. And then two huge wild boars came from the back and ambushed [us] and took my purse!
“And I was like, ‘Oh, my God! Oh, my God!’ and screaming, because they were taking it away, with my phone in it, my car keys, everything! Like they could understand me! And people were just watching and they weren’t doing anything!
“They started digging inside my purse… Obviously my son’s sandwich was inside the purse, so that’s why they were so interested. So they took the sandwich and walked away and left my purse. It was wild.”
She says the reaction to her story has been “crazy.”
Read the full interview in the Glamour U.K. November Digital Issue online now.