Heartbreak fuels empowerment

Teresa Balmori Perez, Assistant News Editor


Screenshot from “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” music video.


Shakira and Miley Cyrus have both released new break-up songs in the recent weeks. Both have received positive reviews from their fans. Many fans praised them for their encouraging message of self-love and independence. Both songs are very similar but at the same time, they couldn’t be any more different.  

A screenshot of the “Flowers” music video.

Shakira collaborated with DJ and music producer Bizarrap on the new track “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53.” The new song has an upbeat tone to it with some Latin-pop and reggaeton influences. The song is reportedly a response to her ex-boyfriend, Gerard Pique, who allegedly cheated on her.  

According to an article published by Clutch Points titled “How Shakira allegedly found out Gerard Pique cheated on her” by Angelo Guinhawa, the article talks about how Shakira found out her ex was cheating on her after she allegedly found a half-eaten strawberry jam in her fridge which seemed strange for her since no one in her family likes jam beside her.   

Besides the alleged rumors, Shakira sings about how her ex did her wrong, and how he left her for someone who is just like him. In the song, “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” she references her own song, “She Wolf,” by singing “Una loba como yo no está pa’ tipos como tú / A ti te quedé grande y por eso estás con una igualita que tú.” (A she-wolf like me is not for guys like you / I was out of your league that’s why you’re with someone just like you.)  

She also sings about how women should not be crying/obsessing over break-ups but instead should be focused on achieving financial success. The song is a very motivating song, especially for people who have been in similar situations like Shakira.  

Similar to Shakira’s new song, Cyrus also released a breakup song titled “Flowers.” Just like Shakira, the song is allegedly about her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. The song is also an upbeat pop song.  

In the song, she sings “I can buy myself flowers / Write my name in the sand / Talk to myself for hours / … / I can take myself dancing / And I can hold my own hand / Yeah, I can love me better than you can.”   

Some people noticed that the song is a reference to Bruno Mars’ song “When I Was Your Man,” which is a song that Hemsworth dedicated to her while they were together.  

“This song is dedicated to my fans and steadfast self-love I wish for each of you,” Cyrus wrote in a Twitter post.  

Both songs are very empowering and give a positive message of self-love and self-worth to people out there who may have experienced this or are going through a similar situation. Shakira and Cyrus might have just released the hit songs of the summer.