Shakira's boyfriend takes pressure off her to stay thin because he would rather her be curvy than boney, the singer told Glamour magazine's Februrary 2014 issue for her cover story.
The Colombian told the publication her beau, Gerard Pique, prefers her famous hips over being "too skinny."
"My man, Gerard, prefers meat over bone. He doesn't like too skinny," the Hips Don't Lie singer said. "That takes pressure off. I already have a lot to worry about. This month I'm not exercising because I have an album to finish and I have a baby. And I like these pastries in front of me."
Shakira, 33, and Pique, 26, welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Milan, in January 2013. The Loca singer-turned-mother said "I feel like I'm not on earth just to shake it and shake it endlessly."
She added that the success she achieved thus far in her career "happened little by little."
"I tasted the flavor of fame in small doses," she explained. "I started at 10 years old when I won a music contest; I was performing at birthday parties, company meetings. I met with a record executive when I was 13 and sang Material Girl to a cassette-tape boom box."
"I've shaken hands at every radio station, from Honduras to Ryan Seacrest's. One day (I realized I was famous) enough. But here's the thing: I'm still hungry. But I'm not hungry for fame - just the need to prove to myself that I can still do this."
The former Voice mentor has an upcoming duet with Rihanna titled Can't Remember to Forget.
"At the end of the day, we're both just basically Caribbean girls," Shakira said, talking about the collaboration. "The chemistry was so good and so real. She taught me dance moves. She was a sweet teacher."
The February issue of Glamour hits newsstands Tues., Jan. 14.