Shakira Finds Her Voice through Mermaid Metaphor in Latest Single, "Copa Vacia"

Colombian pop sensation Shakira returns to the spotlight, this time transforming into a pink-haired mermaid, caught in a surreal oceanic tableau in her latest music video for "Copa Vacia."

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Shakira Finds Her Voice through Mermaid Metaphor in Latest Single, "Copa Vacia"

Colombian pop sensation Shakira returns to the spotlight, this time transforming into a pink-haired mermaid, caught in a surreal oceanic tableau in her latest music video for "Copa Vacia." This duet with Manuel Turiz marks the singer's powerful re-emergence following personal heartbreak and family upheaval.

Song Symbolism and a New Self-Identity

Shakira, 46, prior to the release of the single, took to Instagram to delve into the symbolic nuances of the song. The "Hips Don't Lie" singer revealed that she identifies with the mermaid in the narrative, a figure on a journey toward self-rediscovery.

“The mermaid represents her because she is on the road to becoming one with herself again,” Shakira shared with her fans. Further, the international superstar drew a parallel between the mermaid’s sacrifice in the realm of love and her own experiences.

The lyrics allude to a lingering longing and a sense of desire for something unattainable: “I've been thirsty for you for a while, I don't know why / I'm left wanting more and wanting to drink from an empty cup”.

A Nod to Her Past or Pure Coincidence?

In the aftermath of a public split with her ex, footballer Gerard Pique, Shakira couldn’t resist a playful jab. Addressing the implied references, she quipped, "Any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental." Yet, the audience can't help but draw lines between her art and her life, making the song all the more poignant.

Personal Turmoil Amid Professional Triumph

This much-anticipated release arrives amidst a time of personal turmoil for the artist. Days prior to the music video's premiere, Shakira candidly discussed her heartbreak stemming from the alleged betrayal by Pique.

The revelations, she shared, came at a particularly challenging time, as her father, William, battled severe health issues. The singer told People magazine, "she first learned of her ex's alleged infidelity shortly after her father was severely hurt." While she did not elaborate further on the circumstances, Shakira's pain is unmistakably echoed in the emotive undertones of "Copa Vacia."

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