Milan (10) and Sasha (8) are the children of Shakira and Gerard Piqué. Although both were born in Barcelona – the city where they lived until a few months ago – they speak more than one language, have formed a “mobile family” with their parents and also became fond of Colombia, their mother’s homeland.

Through all these years, they have accompanied their parents in their professional careers and have tried to lead a low-key life. Although Shak recently asked for privacy to preserve the minors, during her time as a couple with the former soccer player, the little ones grew up in the heat of the cameras.

Next, past and present of the children that Shakira decided to raise in freedom: “I want to raise my children to be independent and courageous. I want them to be able to make decisions for themselves and have confidence in themselves.”

Milan, the eldest son of Shakira and Piqué: had a virtual baby shower and was presented with UNICEF

Milan was born on January 22, 2013. By then, his parents -who had been in a relationship for two years- decided to present it to the press through a UNICEF campaign whose main objective was to promote help for needy children. So, Shakira decided to publish “the first official photo” of her firstborn in order to collaborate with disadvantaged children.

Before the debut in society, the artist had made a virtual baby shower to support the United Nations Children’s Fund. Instead of receiving gifts, the Colombian encouraged those interested to make donations for those most in need.

The birth of Milan: this is how PEOPLE told it. Shakira decided to publish “the first official photo” of her firstborn with Unicef.

Throughout their first months of life, both Shakira as Pique They have given interviews with different media around the world and have shown their son’s face without problems. “I see that the children of celebrities appear in the photos with their faces covered and I do not understand it. I do not want my son to take photos with his face pixelated”declared Shakira when Milan was small.

The first months of Milan’s life, in PEOPLE. At that time, Shakira preferred to show her son without problems. “I don’t want my son to have his pixelated face removed,” she assured.
September 14, 2013. Milan, in the arms of his father, Gerard Piqué, at the Camp Nou.

When Milan met Colombia, the land of his mother

Milan (who was born in Spain) accompanied his father -on several occasions- at the Camp Nou. However, he had an outstanding debt: get to know Colombia, his mother’s homeland.

That trip took place within the framework of a charity campaign that Shakira he was doing in his country: the little boy was just one year old when he received his Colombian passport. “I was moved that my son stepped foot in Colombia, which is also his homeland“, declared the pop diva upon her return.

The one from Barranquilla had traveled to her land to inaugurate a school in Cartagena built at the initiative of her Pies Descalzos foundation.

When Milán was one year old, Shakira took him to her native Colombia.

So much Shakira as Pique have known how to combine their professional careers with the upbringing of Milan. In fact, in the World Cup 2014 (where the Colombian singer had a prominent place in the closing show and the soccer player had been summoned with his National Team) the little one was also there.

PEOPLE was at the World Cup in Brazil and told the details of the show in which Milan (one and a half years old) took the stage.

Milan, the true mentor of Shakira’s Music Session #53 with Bizarrap

More here in time, we found out that little Milan was the one who had a fundamental impact on the mega hitera collaboration that his mother did with the Argentine bizarre.

interviewed by Jimmy FallonShakira said about the genesis of the Music Session #53 with the producer of the moment: “Milan has a good ear and taste, he is also a big fan of Bizarrap. And he told me five months ago: ‘Mom, you have to do a collaboration with Bizarrap, because if you do it, that song will be number one.‘.

The eldest son of Piqué and Shakira was so sure that his proposal was an excellent idea that he even sent an audio to his mother’s manager to convince her: “You have to make him sing with him because it will be a hit”. And she was not wrong.

Along with his little brother, Milan accompanied his mother during her live performance at The tonight show and they couldn’t help but dance the dedicated hit against their fatherwhich is also mentioned to the third party in question, Clara Chia.

The arrival of Sasha, the youngest son of Shakira and Piqué

On January 29, 2015, the family grew: he was born Sasha, the second child of the couple. A few days later, it was confirmed that Shakira and Pique -who were the face of important charitable campaigns- had donated –as they did with Milan– all the gifts from the baby shower to a foundation.

As with the arrival of Milan, both parents arranged their professional careers to make them compatible with the family. In fact, when the child was eight months old, Shakira undertook a trip with him to sing in front of the UN General Assembly and Pope Francis.

In 2018, the singer referred to the issue in an interview with bill board. “Being a mother is the most wonderful experience of my life. My children are my number one priority and I try to balance my career with my family life as best as possible.“, he confessed.

Sasha in front of the cameras: that’s how PEOPLE told it. “Rolling family”, we titled.
Gerard Piqué with his children in New York

Shakira and the parenting model for her children, Milan and Sasha

On several occasions, the Colombian singer emphasized the upbringing she chose for her children and highlighted, for example, the number of languages ​​they tried to learn.

Through her twitter account, Shakira made a live and explained: “Any child can learn languages ​​before the age of 3. We have already exposed Milan to Spanish, Catalan, English, Russian, Chinese and German“. In addition, he added: “Babies have an innate thirst for knowledge and have fun learning, making it fun by focusing on playing with them is a way to strengthen bonds.”

In addition, in a talk promoted by Invest in Us, Shakira spoke of the importance of affection in their lives: “We are very loving parents and we believe that love is never enough. Also we are very communicativeboth between us and with our children. We talk to them every day, we explain things to them.”

Shakira with Milan and Sasha in 2021

The privacy request for Sasha and Milan

After their separation, Shakira she moved to Miami with her two children. Tired of the media persecution that took place around the children, the Colombian singer asked – through an official statement – to stop bothering them.

“At this time of change in my life as a public figure, it is understandable that there is a permanent curiosity in the press about me and my family. However, my children Milan and Sasha have experienced a very difficult year, suffering an incessant siege and relentless persecution by paparazzi and various media in Barcelona“, he expressed.

Following the same line and facing his new life in Florida, Shakira He asked the paparazzi for mercy: “I beg you to refrain from following them to the exit or entrance of the school, waiting for them at the door of our house, or following them to their extracurricular activities.and playful as has happened every day in Barcelona in order to obtain photographic captures or better ratings”.

Photos: Atlántida archive and Fotonoticias.

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