Shakira Says Her Sons Sasha and Milan 'Absolutely Hated' “Barbie”: 'They Felt It Was Emasculating'

The musician shares her two sons with ex Gerard Piqué

<p>Emmanuel Monsalve</p> Shakira for

Emmanuel Monsalve

Shakira for 'Allure'

Shakira's sons weren't huge fans of last summer's blockbuster.

In April's cover story for Allure, the musician, 47, revealed that her sons Sasha, 9, and Milan, 11, who she shares with ex Gerard Piqué, didn't like Barbie, adding that she wasn't a fan either.

"My sons absolutely hated it," Shakira told the outlet. "They felt it was emasculating. And I agree, to a certain extent."

"I'm raising two boys. I want 'em to feel powerful too [while] respecting women. I like pop culture when it attempts to empower women without robbing men of their possibility to be men, to protect and provide," she continued.

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<p>Emmanuel Monsalve</p> Shakira for 'Allure'

Emmanuel Monsalve

Shakira for 'Allure'

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"I believe in giving women all the tools and the trust that we can do it all without losing our essence, without losing our femininity. I think that men have a purpose in society and women have another purpose as well. We complement each other, and that complement should not be lost."

Asked if women shouldn't have to do it all, Shakira answered, "Why not share the load with people who deserve to carry it, who have a duty to carry it as well?"

In March, Shakira spoke with Zane Lowe for an interview and shared that her days are often packed as she transitions to being a single mom of two.

<p>Emmanuel Monsalve</p> Shakira for 'Allure'

Emmanuel Monsalve

Shakira for 'Allure'

"I've been shooting a video, shooting photos, preparing for another video, preparing for my album release," the "Hips Don't Lie" singer said. "So I'm going to sleep every day around 9 a.m. The next day, 9 a.m., 11 a.m."

"Yesterday, I came home at seven in the morning. My kids were already waiting for me, so I had breakfast with them, stayed up with them. Sometimes I don't even go to sleep until it's their bedtime. That's what I do because I want to spend time with my kids and put them to bed and then I pass out."

Adding that "it's been intense," Shakira chalked it up to the "beauty" of balancing it all.

"It's the first time I have to actually, you know, deal with so much as a single mother. So, it's challenging. But they're great."

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