Shakira on 'difficult year' after split from Gerard Piqué: 'I put up with a lot of bullshit'

"Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53" was a "healthy way" for Shakira to vent her feelings after her breakup.

Shakira has spoken candidly about the "difficult year" she's had since her split from Gerard Piqué.

During an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's 'The Tonight Show', the 46-year-old singer described how she felt when she recorded her hit 'Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” with Argentinian producer Bizarrap in the wake of her split from the soccer star.

The couple, who have two sons together, announced their separation in June 2022 and Shakira has been in the public eye ever since.

"I went through a very difficult year after my breakup and it was very important for me to write this song," said the singer.

“It was a healthy way to vent my emotions. And I think after we released that song, I really felt like I don't have any fans out there at all," he continued.

"I have a sisterhood of women who have been through the same things I've been through, who think like I think, who feel like I feel, who have had to put up with as much crap as I have," Shakira said.

"And I wrote the song about me, but I also feel like it spoke to so many women out there who needed a step and a voice to represent them in so many ways," she added.

As for how Shakira and Bizarrap got in touch to collaborate, the Colombian singer explained that it all came about when she noticed the Argentinian DJ had messaged her on Instagram.

But even before they entered the studio, Shakira and Gerard Piqué's oldest son, 10-year-old Milan, had a vision.

"He said to me, 'Mom, you have to work with Bizarrap. You have to be on a song with Bizarrap, because you're going to be number one,'” Shakira described to Jimmy Fallon.

“And he sent an audio note to my manager, Jaime. He said: "You have to put my mum and Bizarrap on a song because they're going to be number one". And he was right," he continued.