Shakira Stresses the Importance of Being a Strong Woman in Ocean Drive

Posted Friday April 25, 2014 2:35 PM GMT

She raised eyebrows with her comments in Billboard regarding her relationship with Gerard Pique, but Shakira is clearing the air about her role in her romance with her latest interview with Ocean Drive.

While striking a sultry pose, the “Hips Don’t Lie” beauty dished about her boyfriend and the importance of being equals in the mag’s “Women of Influence” issue.

“In my house, I would say the balance of power is fairly equal. Relationships have to have a give and take if they're going to work in the long term," Shakira explained.

"To me, being powerful means you are in control of yourself above all and know how to use your strengths to achieve things that are important to you - in my case, a lot of the time that ends up being philanthropic endeavors," the 37-year-old added.

In addition, Shakira talked about how being a mother to little Milan changed her perspective on life. "Becoming a mother has forced me to slow down and reorganize my life to find a way to still be devoted to all the things I'm passionate about-music, philanthropy, and motherhood.”

Photo Credit: Kayt Jones for Ocean Drive

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