While Shakira and longtime partner Gerard Piqué may not be married, the couple is incredibly committed to raising their two children together.
"In Spain, parents speak to their children as equals, and I feel that the children respond in turn," the 38-year-old mother of sons Milan and Sasha told the April 2015 issue of Parents Latina magazine."But in all three cultures, parents are attentive to their children. Their dad [Gerard Piqué] and I both grew up in very close-knit families, and that has made us openly affectionate parents."
Currently, Shakira and her man reside in Spain, where soccer stud Piqué plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team; however, Shakira is of Colombian decent and is also a notable celeb in the United States.
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As a result, the proud parents are raising multicultural, bilingual children who have a unique perspective on the world.
"I would have to say Spanish, since I'm the one he spends the most time with and it's my first language," the Colombian beauty revealed when asked which language two-year-old Milan is picking up faster. "I talk to him as much as possible—it serves as bonding time and helps his language-comprehension skills."
The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador also told the publication how she's hoping to raise modern-day men with progressive values.
"Growing up with a working mom is a start. I also think their dad is a good example of a modern man to emulate," she said. "Gerard and I pretty much share all parenting responsibilities, although I'm definitely the disciplinarian."
As for how being a mom has helped Shakira learn to delegate?
"Becoming a mom forced me to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important, while recognizing that there are things I can let go of and the world won't crumble around me."
And rest assured fans, she has no plans to stop making music.
"I really enjoy working on Spanish albums, but I always joke that Milan was easier to give birth to than my last album [2014's Shakira]!" she admitted. "I apply the same amount of dedication to being a mom as I do to my music—I guess you could say music was my first baby."