At the 2023 Premios Juventud awards in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the comeback queen Shakira delivered an inspiring speech, proudly acknowledging that her success is driven by her fans’ unwavering support. Despite skipping the red carpet, the 46-year-old singer, known for hits like “Whenever, Wherever,” received eight awards, including Best Pop/Urban Track.
Expressing her gratitude on stage, Shakira praised her fans: “The best luck I’ve had is with my fans. You inspire me to be better and to never give up.” She confessed that during moments of self-doubt, her fans had restored her confidence, providing strength during difficult times. She emphasized the bond she shares with her loyal followers, celebrating their presence in both her joys and struggles, motivating her to evolve as an artist and as a person.
Notably, Shakira was honored with the Agent of Change Award, alongside singer Camila Cabello, 26. During her acceptance speech, the Colombian powerhouse addressed the imperfections of the world and the importance of recognizing real-life struggles beyond the filtered and curated online spaces.
As a mother, she acknowledged her responsibility to guide her 10-year-old son, ensuring he understands the significance of using his voice to address issues that matter to him. Shakira encouraged everyone to speak up and stand firm, as collective efforts can drive meaningful change in an ever-changing world.
Shakira and her former partner, soccer player Gerard Piqué, 36, confirmed the end of their 11-year relationship last June amid accusations of infidelity. Despite personal challenges, Shakira remains a symbol of strength and inspiration, both for her devoted fans and her children, serving as a beacon of hope for the future.