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A Rat Almost Crawled on Shakira While She Was Filming Her Latest Music Video

The former The Voice Coach didn't appear to be a fan of the rodent. 

By Jackie Manno

Shakira almost had a close call with a furry friend!

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On July 25, the former The Voice Coach (Seasons 4 and 6) shared a hilarious outtake of her filming her music video for her latest single "Copa Vacia." In the clip, Shakira is decked out in a pink wig and mermaid costume while she lays on top of a pile of litter. Then, in a funny moment, a rat crawls next to her head, and the singer yelps and jumps up just in time before it touches her. 

"Cosas que le pasan hasta a las sirenas," she captioned the post in Spanish, which translates to: "Things that happen even to mermaids."

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The music video to "Copa Vacia" features Shakira in a mermaid costume swimming in the sea, being washed ashore, and being put in a tank by singer Manuel Turizo. According to Shakira, the mermaid's evolution in the video is a metaphor for finding herself again. 

The mermaid “sacrifices a lot for love, ending up in the trash amongst rats. Thankfully she finds herself in her natural habitat,” Shakira said during an Instagram Live in June.  

While the music video was gorgeous, the process of filming it didn't go completely smoothly, as an on-set malfunction occurred. “The fish tank broke, the set began to flood and they had to take me out of there,” Shakira told Hola! “I couldn’t go out because I had a mermaid tail, and I couldn’t climb out.” Fortunately, she was eventually pulled out by a crane to safety. 

Shakira on healing through music

In a 2022 interview with Elle, the singer opened up about how creating music helps her stay balanced. "It just helps me process my emotions and make sense of them. And it helps me to heal. I think it’s the best medicine, and along with the love of my family and my kids that sustains me, music and writing music is definitely one of those tools—one of the few tools I have for survival in extreme conditions. It is sort of like driftwood for a man drowning in the sea, that piece of wood that you hang on to when you feel like you’re drowning. I think that music is a life raft. There have been days when I had to pick up the pieces of me from the floor. And the only way to do that, to actually do that, has been through music. You know, to really, like, put myself back together and to see myself in the mirror and know that I am a mom and my kids depend on me," she said. 

Shakira holding her cell phone.

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She continued: "I have so many things to say. And on those days when I felt that my strength was escaping me, like I didn’t have legs, those days I wrote songs, and I felt like I was revitalized and invigorated after a writing session. It’s like an injection of vitamins. Sometimes I dreaded my work so much in the past because I just wanted to be there for my kids. I mean, I just wanted to cuddle with my kids in bed a little bit longer. And then I had to, like, get up and shoot a video and fulfill my obligations. But now I’m so thankful for my work, the possibility that it gives us to put ourselves back together and to realize who we are and why we’re here on this planet—what’s our purpose, our mission. I think you can find that reconstructive power in any kind of work."
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