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Warring With Gerard Pique Over Kids, $300,000,000 Rich Shakira Set to Jet Off to Homeland for Philanthropic Reasons

Published Sep 12, 2023 | 1:08 PM EDT

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Shakira has a lot on her plate. From preparing to grace the upcoming MTV VMA 2023, to being engaged in a familiar battle with Gerard Pique, she seemingly cannot catch a break. Amidst this, the Colombian singer is carving out time for a heartfelt journey back to her homeland, with a motivation to give back.

In recent months, Shakira’s life has been a series of challenging flights to Colombia. First, to be by her father’s side during a critical brain surgery and then to support her ailing mother. Now, the “Hips Don’t Lie” sensation is embarking on a journey to her beloved homeland for a compelling reason.

The singer flys to her homeland for a good cause

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Shakira has enjoyed remarkable achievements in her music career, and these accomplishments will be acknowledged at the forthcoming MTV VMAs. She is slated to be honored with the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, marking her as the first Latin American artist to receive this distinction. Furthermore, she has received nominations in four other prominent categories, including Best Collaboration and Artist of the Year.

In the midst of this, the $300 million rich singer will be flying back to Colombia for a philanthropic reason. Shakira is scheduled to be in Barranquilla this coming Saturday for the inauguration of a large school. This educational institute was constructed in collaboration between the Pies Descalzos Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla. The singer has been invited to cut the ribbon.

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Caracol Radio also reports that stringent security measures are currently being put in place in preparation for the event. Remarkably, around $16 million has been splurged on the school which sprawls over an area of 6,000-square-meter. It has 22 standard classrooms, 4 preschool classrooms, two laboratory facilities, art studios, and technology rooms. It also has three sports fields to cater to co-curricular activities. This school project aims to positively impact over 53,000 residents in the vicinity.

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Indeed, it’s good to see Shakira take part in such charitable work. Certainly, the people of her country will be delighted to see her inaugurating the school. This philanthropic endeavor also provides a break from her ongoing dispute with her ex, Pique, regarding their beloved children.

But what exactly is the source of the dispute? Let’s dive deeper.

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Gerard Pique and Shakira are at war once again

The former couple has been embroiled in ongoing legal battles since their breakup. After splitting up, they have often been making a lot of court appearances. Initially, their legal dispute revolved around custody rights, resulting in Shakira being granted primary custody and relocating to Miami with their children. Meanwhile, Pique was given visitation rights every ten days.

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Now, as the festive season approaches, this custody arrangement is causing tension. According to Semana, the Christmas vacation plans for Sasha and Milan have become a new source of disagreement between the ex-partners. The issue arises from the differing school vacation schedules in Spain and the United States. This has prompted discussions between their respective lawyers to determine the precise vacation dates.

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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.
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