Shakira on Her Decision to Perform at the Super Bowl

Shakira is pondering her job options.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, the 44-year-old “Don’t Wait Up” singer was open and honest.

Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I’m the type of person that truly needs to believe in what I do or I’d rather pass,” she says now that she’s in her 40s and looking back on her career. I’m proud of how far I’ve come on my own terms. There wasn’t much of a market for Latin music or Latin female pop performers when I first came out. I began listening to Nirvana and other alternative Seattle rock bands, as well as Metallica, when I was 15 years old. I didn’t make the music I did to satisfy a specific type of audience or to meet a specific market demand. I did what felt right to me. On the other hand, I wanted to honor my Latin roots when I entered the American market.

I intended to introduce champeta, a street dance from a virtually unknown part of my nation, to the Super Bowl. Throughout my career, I strive to be fearless. I’ve had a fantastic and devoted fan base. Even when I couldn’t speak. I understood how fortunate I was at that darkest hour of my life. All of those people provided me with what I required to recover. And I recovered. Despite what the physicians had said.”

“I believe that sexuality is linked to the most primordial instincts and is primeval, whereas sensuality refers to the stimulation of the senses,” she says. Art can help to create sensual material, yet today’s society is very sexualized. Everything is so straightforward. That is where the true poetry takes place. That component is currently missing. It can be seen in song lyrics, which are less poetic and more direct, concrete, and concise.”

“J.Lo, as a Latina born in the United States, and I, as a Latin American woman in the United States, had a big responsibility and opportunity to represent all different minorities through our performance,” she said, in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. In my situation, I wanted to honor my Middle Eastern heritage as well. I believe we succeeded. It wasn’t easy to put together the show. It took a lot of time and effort, as well as a lot of tension. But that was one of the most memorable moments of my professional life. I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to make a strong message about how vital the Latino population is to the American fabric.