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  • Shakira wrote this guitar-based song for her partner, Spanish footballer Gerald Pique, who was 23 when they first met on a video shoot for her song "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)."

    "Hey, do you believe in destiny?" she asks in the chorus. "Cause I do as I did then, when you were only 23."

    "It took me many years to get to where I am in my life now," Shakira told The Sun. "I wasn't fulfilled or satisfied and I think Gerard was the missing link. And as the song says, he was only 23 when I met him and I was concerned about the age gap as I was 33."
  • The song ends with a chuckle from their son Milan, who happened to make his way into the studio as Shakira was recording the track.

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