Shakira on how her latest album helped her rebuild herself

Shakira on how her new album helped her rebuild herself

"With every song that I wrote, I was rebuilding myself. It was like putting my bones back together."

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Shakira has opened up about her latest album, 'Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran', her first album in seven years. 

The singer said the album was birthed from pain. 

Speaking to the New York Times, Shakira said that "there is a narrative" about the album. 

"It’s a conceptual album without it being my initial intention."

She says the album was about her breakup. 

"You know, no one plans on going through a breakup the way I did. And the dissolution of a family — that is probably one of the most painful things a human can experience. But it happened.

"If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. That’s what I did with this album — use my own creativity to process my frustration and my anger and my sadness. I transmuted or transformed pain into productivity," she said. 

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She says that she started "talking about what was happening to me through 'Te Felicito' and 'Monotonía'.”

The 47-year-old also spoke about the video 'for 'Monotonía'.  

"I come out with this hole in my chest, because that’s exactly the physical feeling that I had when I was going through my loss. I almost felt that people could see through my chest, see what was behind it."

She says with every song she wrote, she was rebuilding. 

"But with every song that I wrote, I was rebuilding myself. It was like putting my bones back together. That’s why I decided to go for this title, “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran” — “Women No Longer Cry.” Crying itself will always be a mechanism of survival for human beings. It’s an important part of living. And I feel like women today, we don’t need to be told how we’re supposed to heal, how we’re supposed to lick our wounds. We are the ones who have to move on and preserve our species, preserve the survival of our offspring — of the she-wolves that we are," she said. 

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