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Shakira driven to success by poverty

entertainment Updated: Apr 04, 2010 08:44 IST
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Pop star Shakira has claimed that her zeal to succeed stemmed from her wish to never be poor again.

The 'Hips Don't Lie' hitmaker, whose father William Mebarak Chadid was declared bankrupt when she was growing up, was moved by plight of those worse off than her family.

It made her even more determined to do well in her life so she could help others, reported Contactmusic.

"My dad went bankrupt when I was eight years old. I remember the day I realised that pretty much all of the comfort of our lives was gone. We had had very decent lives - two cars, my dad had a successful business, and then from one day to the next we lost everything," said Shakira.

"He took me to the park to show me a reality much worse than ours. There were all these barefoot orphaned kids who were sniffing glue. I guess the image stuck in my head. I promised myself, 'One day I'm going to succeed because there's no way I'm not having a car again. If I ever do it, I'm going to do something about these kids'," she added.

The 33-year-old singer kept her promise and set up a charity when she had her first taste of fame at 18.

"When I had my first big success with 'Pies Descalzos', the album that made it big in Latin America when I was 18, I decided to establish my first foundation in Columbia," said Shakira.