Pop superstar Shakira had a fright when her private plane suffered technical problems and had to stage an emergency landing.
The 41-year-old Colombian singer was not hurt in the incident in the city of Barranquilla, in the northern Colombian department of Atlantico.
She had just taken off to fly to the north-eastern Spanish city of Barcelona, to meet up with her footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique, 31, and
their children, when the plane developed a problem.
The pilot opted to return to the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport at Barranquilla, which is Shakira’s city of birth.
She had been performing a concert as part of the opening of the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games which is being held in Barranquilla.
Shakira and Pique, who plays for Barcelona and Spain, had been planning a short family holiday during a break in the singer’s current world tour and the footballer’s close season.
She is still hoping to fly to Barcelona for the holiday but it is not reported whether she has yet succeeded in finding a flight.
Shakira’s show in Barranquilla was her first performance in her city of birth in 12 years.
In a press conference before the concert, she said that she was touched to be back in the city.
She also said that she had enduring “the hardest months” of her life in 2017 due to the vocal problems she suffered.
“Many times I wondered why I was living so many obstacles. There were days that I did not want to get up. I have never thought I could lose my voice.
“I thought I would lose other things in my life, but never my voice. When I found this situation, there were the hardest moments of my life.”