Shakira's dark new breakup song turns 'those sour... lemons' into lemonade

When Shakira and Gerard Pique announced their split in June after 11 years, their joint statement was rather ordinary. The singer and the former professional football star expressed "regret" at announcing their split, stressed their commitment to their two sons and asked for privacy. But even so, there are already signs that a heated argument may be brewing.

With her latest Spanish-language song "BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 1" 53" released on Wednesday, January 11, Shakira openly expresses these feelings. The three-time Grammy winner has publicly addressed Peake's cheating with his 23-year-old girlfriend Clara Chía Martí, whom he went public with shortly after their split. Not only did she include the names "Piqué" and "Clara" in her lyrics with clever (and ruthless) puns, but she also sang about being worthy of two 22-year-olds and mocked him for spending too much time at the gym. Too much time and not enough time. In his brain.

Within a day of its release, the song was already breaking records. Understandably, Shakira loved it. On January 13, she celebrated the breakup song's topping the Spotify Global Top 50, writing on Instagram: "This looks incredible!!" After thanking her collaborators, Bizarrap and others, she added Said, “A tribute to all the women who taught me how to make sweet lemonade when life gives you sour lemonade.”

The song had the biggest debut in Latin music history on Spotify, so Shakira posted about the achievement on Instagram, writing, according to a translation, that the song was "a catharsis and release." She added that she never thought she would go straight to No. 1 in the Spanish-speaking world "at the age of 45." Meanwhile, the recording's YouTube views exceeded 50 million in 24 hours, setting another Latin music record, as the singer shared in multiple Instagram Stories.

While some were worried about the impact of public drama on Shakira and Pique's children, many of her fans celebrated with her in the comments section of her multiple posts about "BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 1." 53. "Always number one," one wrote in Spanish. Another praised her new record by writing "Well deserved" with a heart-eyes emoji. Many other fans called her "queen" or "queen" .

Ahead of the song's release, Shakira kicked off 2023 by writing an Instagram post about dealing with heartbreak and hurt. Her message is to maintain trust and love even after betrayal. She wrote on Instagram: "Our tears are not wasted, they water the soil from which the future is born and make us more human so we can continue to love in times of heartbreak."

What is unwritten but now very clear is that these wounds can also be used to write a beautiful fire diss track.