The Hidden References in ‘Acróstico,’ Shakira’s Most Honest and Heartfelt Song in Years

Shakira and her children, Milan and Sasha, broke our hearts into pieces with 'Acróstico.'

Isabel Cara

Shakira released one of the most touching songs of her career, ‘Acróstico,’ a song dedicated to her children. In the music video, we could see Milan and Sasha showing their musical talents, shouting to the whole world the love and support they have for their mommy.

Heartbreaking References in Shakira’s ‘Acróstico’ Video

Shakira is a queen of references as always, and the video for ‘Acróstico’ was no exception. This one hides several nods to her former life with Gerard Piqué but also hopes for the new beginning she has with her two children.

The Basketball

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The video begins with a shot of the abandoned basketball hoop and ball; this is a reference to the video of ‘Me enamoré,’ in which Shakira and Piqué are playing the same sport. What was once fun is now gone. The shots of the hoop are similar in both videos, the difference is that in one it is during the day, and in the other at night.

The Name Initials

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The initials we see during the video, are those of their sons Milan and Sasha, which refer to those who truly are the love of their lives, and not those of their partners as in the video of ‘Días de enero.’

The Toy Airplane

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As we all know, Shakira left Spain with her two children to start a new life in Miami. We can see this huge decision represented in the children’s toys, with a plane that has only three windows.

The Mother and Son Connection

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Shakira showed the walls of her sons’ rooms and how they were closely related to soccer. In the first video in which Milan appeared, he kicks a ball. Now he sings and plays the piano with his mother.

Cardboard Boxes

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Shakira is the queen of references forever. In the part where she sings that she doesn’t want her children to see her fragility, behind her we see cardboard boxes that say FRAGILE, representing all the feelings she has hidden so that her little ones don’t see her cry.

The Recycling Boxes

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Among the boxes of the luggage also stands out the symbol of recycling, as a symbol that Shakira is recycling all that fragility and turning it into strength, this one receiving it from her children. In fact, what is inside the boxes are their things.

The T-shirt and the Suitcase

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The way Shakira carefully and lovingly stores the t-shirt inside the suitcase is a representation of how she cares for her children and the decision to take them to a new life.

Milan’s Feelings

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Sources close to the singer have reported that Milan has been the most affected in this situation, and Shakira showed it in the scene where she packs a book that says I love you Milan, guarding and protecting her son.

The Table Football

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During the video, at the moment when the lights go out, a small soccer field is in shadow, far away and lonely. There is no need to explain it.

The Stuffed Animals

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No, the stuffed animals were not chosen randomly. Pets have been a part of children’s lives growing up, even Shakira claimed they “called” her “mommy.”

The Blinds

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One of the scenes that broke our hearts the most was where the blinds are lowered, and the image of the four members of the family is left in the shadows.

The Ducklings

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There is a shot where you see two ducklings, and one of them is down. Well, we know who was the fallen one in this relationship. Besides the fact that two was always an important number for the ex-couple since Piqué and Shakira have their birthdays on the 2nd of the second month.

Shakira has always known how to turn every pain, and also every happiness, into art. And that is precisely what ‘Acróstico’ is.

Story written in Spanish by Kate Nateras in Cultura Colectiva

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