Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado is more than just Shakira’s mom. She also plays a big role in the life of a famous Colombian singer and songwriter. She is known for her amazing songs, like “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa),” “Chantaje”, “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”

Nidia is known for staying away from the spotlight. Her daughter might be famous, but she has always been there for her child’s life and work. Shakira’s journey to success was surely helped by the constant support and advice from her.

The Love Story Of Shakira’s Mom

Nidia Torrado’s husband is William Mebarak Chadid. They started dating in 1976. They first encountered in an afternoon, a fun and sweet meeting. Back then, she had a job at her friend’s business.

William Chadid and Nidia Torrado are posing for the picture with Shakira.
Shakira’s parents, William Chadid and Nidia Torrado (Source: Shakira Instagram @shakira)

At that time, fate jumped in – the wind playfully blew Nidia’s skirts against her legs. Surprised by this unexpected and beautiful sight, William started to fall in love. At that moment, he knew something big was happening. He thought to himself “Now your peace of mind is over, William….” Also interestingly enough at this time, he had a wife so their growing connection got more difficult.

About William Chadid

William Chadid was born on September 6, 1931, in New York City (the home of Maggie Siff), NY. He is a businessperson with an interesting life story. At age 5, he moved to Colombia. His parents came from Lebanon so they had culture in them when they arrived there with him too.

Besides his business success, William loves writing. He has authored several books. Importantly, he wrote “Al Viento y al Azar,” a book that looks deeply into the details of his daughter, Shakira’s life. Additionally, his literary contributions include “El Camino del Éxito,” “La Vida es un Juego,” “Shakira, Mi Hija,” and “Un Viaje al Corazón.”

Net Worth Status

Nidia Torrado maintains a private stance when it comes to disclosing her income and net worth. Unlike Shakira, who has reached an impressive net worth of $300 million, (similar to Lisa Marie Presley) she chooses to keep her financial details under wraps. Her daughter has accumulated her wealth primarily through her successful career in singing, having sold over 125 million albums worldwide.

Shakira is holding three Grammys and posing with the black background.
Shakira posing with her Grammy Awards (Source: Shakira Instagram @shakira)

However, Shakira is not just a music icon. She has diversified her income streams by venturing into various businesses. From perfumes and lingerie to toys and real estate, she has displayed her entrepreneurial spirit. Furthermore, her role as a judge on “The Voice” has also contributed to her financial success.

Embracing A Life With Many Stepchildren

Torrado finds herself amid a large and loving family. It is so, as her husband, William Chadid, had nine children with his first wife, Lucila Mebarak. Her stepchildren, namely Robin, Moises, Tonino, Alberto, Jose, Lucy, Ana, and Edward, collectively share a special bond within this extended family.

Despite the fame and success associated with their half-sister Shakira, Nidia’s stepchildren choose to lead private lives. This decision reflects their preference for a more low-key existence, away from the public eye. Her only stepchild we know a bit about is Tonino who works as a real estate agent at Fortune International Realty in Miami and also works with the “Waka Waka” singer, as reported in People.

The Death Of The Eldest Stepson

Nidia Torrado experienced a heartbreaking tragedy when her husband, William’s eldest son lost his life at the tender age of 19. He died in a motorcycle accident involving a car. This devastating incident occurred when Shakira was just 2 years old.

Although she was very young at the time, Shakira grew up sensing her father’s enduring grief over the loss of his eldest son. As the years passed, she, at the age of 9, showed a remarkable understanding of her father’s pain. In an emotional tribute, she penned a song titled “Tus Gafas Oscuras” (“Your Dark Glasses”), capturing the profound sorrow and heartache that her father carried with him.

Unveiling Nidia’s Perspective On Shakira And Piqué’s Relationship

Nidia Torrado, in the past, talked about the problems that were connected to Shakira and Gerard Piqué’s relationship. When her daughter was dealing with a hard break-up with the former FC Barcelona player, she talked openly about it in public. It became clear that she likes Piqué and wants her daughter to make peace with the football player, as reported in an article from Marca.

Right now, it’s not clear how Nidia feels or what she wants for her daughter and Piqué. Personal relationships can be hard and include changing feelings. Her view might have changed over time but we can’t say for sure.

In 2010, Shakira and Piqué first met while making the music video for “Waka Waka.” They found love when working together on this project. Even though their relationship was fun, talk spread saying he might have cheated on Nidia’s daughter with Clara Chía Martí. It’s important to remember that these rumors have never been officially confirmed.

Shakira’s Mother’s Impact On Her Career

Nidia helped a lot in making and supporting Shakira’s career right from the start. At first, the mom saw her daughter’s talent when she suddenly started to dance in a restaurant. She recognized a potential star in the making. Even though the singer was interested in science from a young age and wanted to be a researcher, her mom knew her true calling was of a performer.

Nidia Torrado and Shakira are hugging each other.
Nidia Torrado with her daughter Shakira (Source: Shakira Instagram @shakira)

Torrado made sure to help Shakira’s talent grow by sending her to the Passarela Academy. As her career picked up speed, she was always with her. They went to job interviews and events together. The “Whenever, Whenever” singer has acknowledged the unique dynamic between her parents, describing her father as idealistic and her mother as realistic.


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