Shakira and the pro soccer player Gerard Piqué are considered one of the most powerful couples in Hollywood. Today we are going to take you through the fairytale romance of these two lovebirds.
When did Shakira meet Piqué?
Shakira met Gerard for the first time on the sets of a music video. The two of them met each other on the set of Shakira’s Waka Waka music video. It would not be wrong to say that their love story began with one of her music videos.
For those of you who don’t know, Gerard featured in the video for Shakira’s song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), and the pair hit it off instantly and from there they didn’t look back.
Let’s take a look at the relationship timeline of Shakira and Gerard
2010: Shakira and Gerard met on sets of ‘Waka Waka’
The Colombian singer met the Spanish football player while filming the music video for Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). It is the official song of the 2020 FIFA World Cup. Piqué is one of the soccer stars who starred in the video. That year, Gerard and his team even ended up winning the World Cup.
During an earlier interaction with 60 minutes, Shakira spilled the beans on her first meeting with Gerard and she said, “I wasn’t a soccer fan, so I didn’t know who he was. When I saw the video, I was like, ‘Hmm, that one’s kind of cute.’ And then someone decided to introduce us.”
In an interview with TV3 in 2016, Piqué also talked about the pair’s first interaction. Around the time, he said, “It all started when we were in South Africa and I wrote to her. She was already there because she sang in the opening ceremony and I asked her what the weather was like . It is the typical stupid question, and the normal answer is to tell me to bring a jacket.”
Pique continued, “But she started telling me what the weather was like in every single moment and it got to the point where I told her we would have to get to the World Cup final to see her again—she was singing at the final.”
2011: Shakira and Gerard started dating
In January of 2011, the couple revealed that they split in August 2010 and they even issued a joint statement to confirm the same. Around the time, they said, “Throughout this time we have continued to work together hand in hand, have remained close, and have kept the details absolutely private until now.”
Next month, they were photographed together while leaving a restaurant in Barcelona hand-in-hand one day and arriving at the airport the next. As per the reports of E!, Shakira and Gerard went Instagram official in March of that year.
Then, a picture of the pair surfaced on the internet in May 2011. It was from a concert of hers in Barcelona, Spain, where he got up on stage. Later on, the two of them were spotted kissing backstage, which was a confirmation that they were dating.
2012: Gerard and Shakira announced they were expecting their first child
In January of 2012, the couple made their first red carpet appearance at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Switzerland and we must say they slayed together in their amazing outfits at the event.
Shakira announced in September 2012, that she was pregnant with her and Gerard’s first child via her website. She wrote, “As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At the time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives.”
The Hips Don’t Lie singer also took to her Instagram to share the great news with her fans all over the world. She dropped an adorable baby bump picture of herself with Piqué on Instagram. “I could have another 9 months like this! Shak”, she captioned the photo.
2013: The couple welcomed their first child into the world
In an interview with Elle in 2013, Shakira talked about how meeting Piqué impacted her faith. She said, “I think, if you can prove the existence of God, it can only be proven through love.”
The Don’t Wait Up singer further added, “I even had lost my faith for a while. I was becoming as agnostic. And it was really hard, because I was always very religious, and for a few years, maybe because—it sounds so corny—I was not feeling the love like it was supposed to be, I started to think that there was no God. And suddenly I meet Gerard and the sun comes out.”
Gerard and Shakira’s first child, a baby boy joined them earthside in January. She gave birth to her son on January 22. The couple named their son Milan Piqué Mebarak.
Shakira went on to explain the meaning of her baby boy’s name on her website and she wrote, “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification. Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.”
Later on, during an interview with Us Weekly, Shakira discussed Gerard’s role as a parent. She said, “Thank God the father is very involved. He has been amazing. The baby spends as much time with me as he does with his dad. He’s the kind of dad who’s full hands on.”
The rock star continued, “He changes diapers, he bathes him, he enjoys playing with the baby, he enjoys feeding him, all of that stuff. So that’s great help for me, you know. I can’t imagine doing all of this and not having the father do his part of the job. So that’s a huge help to me.”
2014: Shakira revealed that she and Gerard had no plans of getting married
By this point, Shakira and Piqué had been together for nearly three years. When she was asked about getting hitched to Gerard by Glamour, she replied, “We already have what’s essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other, and a baby.”
Shakira went on to say, “I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them. But if I’m ever going to get married, he’s the one.”
2015: Piqué and Shakira announced that they were expecting their second baby
At the start of 2015, the pair confirmed to Cosmopolitan Mexico that they were expanding their family. She announced the happy news to her fans and well-wishers on Instagram as well.
Shakira and Gerard’s second child joined them earthside on January 29, 2015. They had another baby boy. They named their son Sasha Piqué Mebarak. She wrote, “The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means ‘defender of mankind’ and ‘warrior,'” on Instagram.
2016: Shakira talked about how motherhood changed her life
During an interview with Parents, the La La La singer explained how motherhood changed her life and her relationship with Piqué. At that time, she said, “Becoming a mom forced me to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important while recognizing that there are things I can let go of and the world won’t crumble around me.”
Shakira further added, “Growing up with a working mom is a start. I also think their dad is a good example of a modern man to emulate. Gerard and I pretty much share all parenting responsibilities, although I’m definitely the disciplinarian.”
2017: Shakira released a song about her and Gerard’s love story
Shakira dropped a song titled Me Enamore off her album, El Dorado. When translated into English, the title of the song means, I feel in love and it was a beautiful tribute from her side to her whirlwind romance with Piqué.
In an interview with Hello!, Shakira gave a quick update about her growing family with Gerard. She said, “We try to do the best we can. There’s a lot of love, that’s the foundation of any family. You have to take care of it and dedicate time. Family is the most important thing for me. The rest is secondary.”
The Whenever, Wherever singer added, “We try to hide all the unnatural things and pretend we’re a regular family. I don’t want to overload them with every single detail of my career, or every victory. I’m more interested in them learning about the obstacles, my difficulties, and their dad’s. They weren’t born when I was back in Colombia, and every single door was shut in my face. Those are the stories I want to tell them because life isn’t always easy. Not everything happens as you planned.”
2018: Gerard announced his retirement from professional Soccer
In August of 2018, Piqué announced his international retirement as Spain’s soccer player and Shakira showed her support. She took to her Instagram and posted a picture of her beau with a heartfelt caption.
“Love finished the stage that we will always keep in our hearts. One of the happiest moments of my life has also been seeing you win in 2010 with the national team and celebrate with Spain champions! Shak”, she wrote next to a picture of Piqué in Spanish.
2019: Shakira suffered a hemorrhage in her vocal cords
The Chantaje singer suffered a hemorrhage in her vocal cords in 2019, so it was a tough period for her as she could barely talk. During an interview with Guardian, Shakira said she and Gerard never fought through a hard time.
Shakira told the media outlet, “He jokes that you would think you would want your wife to shut up—but when I had to remain quiet, he felt like one of those ex-convicts who are given their freedom and don’t know what to do with it. Gerard saw the worst of me.”
2020: Shakira revealed rare details about her relationship with Gerard
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Shakira disclosed a few new details about her romance with Piqué. She stated why she was still resistant to the idea of getting married. She said, “To tell you the truth, marriage scares the sh-t out of me.”
The singer further added, “I don’t want him to see me as ‘the wife.’ I want him to see me as his girlfriend. Lover, his girlfriend, a little forbidden fruit, you know? I want to keep him on his toes. I want him to think that anything’s possible, depending on behavior.”
Pop sensation Shakira and Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué have been heralded by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful couples on the planet.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 5, 2020
Despite knowing each other for more than 12 years now, Shakira and Gerard have not tied the knot to date. The two continue to co-parent their sons, Milan and Sasha.
Are Shakira and Gerard on the verge of splitting up?
It seems like at the moment, all is not well between Shakira and Gerard. As per various reports, the former soccer player was caught cheating on Shakira with another woman. Not long ago, he was spotted out and about in his calle Muntaner bachelor house in Barcelona.
According to the reports of El Periodico, a few neighbors in the building have also seen Gerard entering and exiting several times over the last week. It is also said, that he is enjoying his Barcelona nightlife with friend Riqui Puig and his other group of friends.
The report also states that the main reason why Piqué is not in the marital home is that his baby mama Shakira caught him with another woman. This is the prime reason why the two of them have decided to part ways for the moment. It has also been reported that Gerard’s partying is somewhat out of control now.
As of now, neither Shakira nor Gerard has made any official comment on the breakup rumors that have been swirling in the air. Hopefully, they will clear the air soon and set the record straight once and for all.
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