People would think that our favorite pop stars would always be able to sing with the same magical voice that we fell in love in the first place. However, this was almost not the case for Colombian mega star Shakira.
Shakira almost lost her voice last 2017 when a hemorrhage in her throat made her lose the ability to sing.
Sure enough, it was a depressing time for her as she never expected about losing her most precious asset.
"I always thought there were going to be things in my life that would go away, like beauty, youth, all of that stuff. But I never thought my voice would leave me because it's so inherent to my nature. It was my identity. So when I couldn't sing, that was unbearable. There were times I couldn't get out of bed - I was so depressed," Shakira revealed in an interview with The Guardian.
The Latin pop star that sold a reported 75 million in record sales and became a household name in Pop music was quite disciplined to further increase her chances of recovering her voice. There were times when Shakira would cease to speak.
Shakira mostly had to communicate using signs and was disheartened when nobody understood her.
Her family of four also had a difficult time adjusting to the singer's untimely predicament. Both Shakira and her partner, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, never fought at all -- so much as when she could not speak.
While Pique struggled to keep her hopes up with jokes of a wife never being able to shut up, being unable to speak made Shakira lose her sense of freedom.
How did she keep her hopes up and stay positive? As a matter of fact, she was quite cynical about her situation.
Shakira said that the whole experience made her pessimistic and a bitter person to be around with.
The doctors who took her case were saying that she needed surgery, but she was doubtful of its effectiveness and thought of surgery only as a last resort. Instead, she tried unconventional methods like hypnosis and meditation, even going to Lourdes to get holy water.
When her voice finally returned without the help of any kind of operation, she felt spiritual euphoria.
"It felt l was having some kind of religious experience," Shakira shared.
There was an almost contagious joy when she performed at her Los Angeles show in August last year, as her voice filled the stadium with her English and Spanish crossover hits we know her for best.
Shakira now lives in Barcelona with her husband Pique and two sons. Her El Dorado tour is her first as a parent and she now feels confident and happy that her life is going well so far.