In the September issue of Latina, cover girl Shakira opened up to Entertainment Editor Angie Romero about her passion for education and her commitment to giving back through her Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation). Earlier this year, Shakira, 32, opened her fifth school in the La Playa district of her native Barranquilla, Colombia. Her schools currently serve some 5,000 children—as well as their parents—who have been displaced as a result of the long-standing war between the Colombian government and revolutionary armed forces. "It's hard to introduce the importance of education in countries where there are more urgent things to tend to, like high levels of unemployment," Shakira says, "but what education does is prevent diseases and the recruitment of children into the guerrillas. It's a strategy to combat poverty."
Read on to find out why Shaki loves therapy and can't wait to have a baby.
Why Going to Therapy Is a Good Thing:
"I like having a person who helps me analyze myself. I recommend it to every person I know. I have a lot of friends that go to therapy now, and their lives have changed in such positive ways. When I want to know the answer to all these questions—What do I want? Who am I? Why am I still doing this?—I go to my analyst.”
On Her Relationship with Argentine Boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa:
“Antonio and I have a really great relationship. I’m not going to say it’s perfect, because it’s not, but we’re very united as a couple and I don’t see how we could be any closer by signing a piece of paper…I like to think of myself as his eternal girlfriend. I could stay in that state forever.”
On Her Desire to Start a Family:
“Sometimes at night, I think of myself with a big belly. That’s my happy place. I want to have a huge belly—I crave that!”
For more Shakira, pick up the new issue of Latina, on newsstands Aug. 18.
Check out Shakira behind the scenes at the Latina cover shoot! Video below: