Colombian pop star aka Queen of Latin Music, Shakira and Barcelona and Spain professional footballer, Gerard Piqué has made the announcement of their separation after being in a relationship for more than 11 years.
Official Announcement of Split
Shakira’s communication agency released a statement on 4th June wherein the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer said, “We regret to confirm that we are parting ways. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”
During this unsettling time, the road ahead for their two kids is the top priority for the 45-year-old singer and 35-year-old soccer player who share the same birth dates. They are parents to sons – Milan (9 years) and Sasha (7 years).
The ex-couple first met in the year 2010 when Shakira was filming her music video “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”. Pique is featured in Shakira’s “Waka Waka” song. A year later she made it official about their brewing romance.
Fans of Shakira were shocked to know about this new development as they considered the celebrity couple as one of the world’s most successful and strong power couples.
Pique, who played at the 2010 World Cup before Spain’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final, recollected their first meeting in an interview with Catalan newspaper L’Esportiu in 2020 saying, “I told her that I’d see her at the final. She was going to perform in the closing ceremony and I was certain we’d make it that far.”
Turbulent Times for Pique
Gerard Pique is having turbulent times both on and off the pitch after this high-profile breakup as Barcelona is going through financial hardship over the last 12 months. The legendary soccer player has agreed to a huge pay cut to assist the club in securing its long-term economic future.
Last month, while replying to a question raised in an interview asking why he and Shakira were not married, Pique clarified, “No, I’m not married. It’s her mentality. I like it how we are right now. We have two kids, nine and seven right now. We work good as a couple.”
In 2017, the Columbian singer was earlier caught up in rumors that she had instigated separation from her boyfriend however it turned out to be fake during that time. Shakira was in a relationship with Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rúa for ten years from 2000 to 2010.
Chemistry Between the Two
The power couple had been admired by the audience for their chemistry and Shakira used to shower praises on Pique for his parenting style regularly.
The native of Colombia said jokingly in a podcast show, “My poor husband, slash boyfriend, slash baby daddy, whatever you want to call him, he has to wait up for me so long. He’s tired of waiting up.”
She continued, “[Because] Colombian time is not the same as Catalonian time, Spanish time. His mind is structured like that and mine. … I’ve become a lot more punctual since I met him. [But] the times that we actually fight is because I’m late and he’s waiting up.”
Earlier this year, Shakira discussed candidly how they managed disagreements.
Apart from announcing her split, Shakira, on 4th June also clarified the rumors related to her pictures in an ambulance.
She said, “I just wanted to let you know that those photos are from last weekend (the 28th), when my dad unfortunately had a bad fall and I accompanied him in an ambulance where he is recovering now. Please do send all of your best wishes his way and thank you as always for all of your love & support.”
— Shakira (@shakira) June 4, 2022
The couple has not disclosed the reason for their split however social media is full of rumors that Shakira has caught him cheating on her with another woman!
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