LATEST: Colombian pop star Shakira is planning her first sculpting exhibition - featuring busts of her longtime boyfriend Antonio De La Rua.

The singer/songwriter recently confessed that she was hoping to take a break from the music industry and concentrate on her artistic endeavours, and she's already very impressed with her first proper efforts - three likenesses of her partner.

She explains, "I remember going to sleep thinking about how I was going to finish Antonio's nose.

"I took it so seriously that I was stressed-out. I looked like a madwoman. I would look at Antonio all the time, trying to get all of his features. It was torture.

"It looks him - but a very young Antonio. That's the way I see him. I see the young boy in him."