Shakira defended her decision to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2020, despite many artists, including Cardi B and Rihanna, reportedly turning down the offer in a show of support to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. She says she wanted to provide representation for different minorities with the show.

“JLo, as a Latina born in the U.S., and me, as a Latin American woman in the U.S., had a huge responsibility and opportunity to represent all different minorities through our performance," Shakira explained in a new interview with Cosmopolitan. "In my case, I also wanted to pay homage to my Middle Eastern culture. I feel that we did it.”

Shakira, Super Bowl
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She added that she feels the two pop stars made a "strong statement" with their performance: “It wasn’t an easy show to put together. There was a lot of work behind it, a lot of stress. But it was one of the highlights of my career. I really thought it was a great opportunity to make a strong statement about what an important part of the American fabric the Latino community is. An opportunity that we couldn’t miss.”

Shakira recently made headlines for fighting off wild boars at a park in Barcelona.