Colombian singer Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué are breaking apart after 11 years together, they stated in a joint assertion Saturday.
“We remorse to substantiate that we’re separating. For the well-being of our youngsters, who’re our highest precedence, we ask that you simply respect their privateness,” they stated within the assertion. “Thank you to your understanding.”
Shakira, 45, and Piqué, 35, first met shortly earlier than the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The soccer participant appeared in Shakira’s music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which was the event’s official track that yr.
They went public with their relationship in 2011. The pair has two kids, Sasha, 7, and Milan, 10.
While selling her new competitors collection, NBC’s Dancing With Myself, Shakira touted her kids’s creative talents and spoke about how they helped her give you the idea for her latest music video, “Te Felicito.“
Sasha imagined his mom dancing alongside a robotic, and Milan got here up with the concept of integrating inexperienced flames, Shakira stated.
In current days, rumors of the demise of the couple’s long-term relationship had gripped Spanish media, fueled by experiences that Piqué had left the household’s residence in Barcelona and was dwelling by himself within the metropolis.
The couple’s breakup additionally comes as Shakira faces a trial over alleged tax fraud after a Spanish court docket dismissed her enchantment on May 26.
Prosecutors declare she did not pay as much as $15.54 million in taxes on revenue she earned between 2012 and 2014.
Shakira’s authorized group stated in a press release that it might proceed to defend her case.
“Shakira’s conduct on tax issues has at all times been impeccable in all of the nations [where] she needed to pay taxes and she has trusted and adopted faithfully the suggestions of the perfect specialists and advisers,” the assertion stated.
Also on Saturday, Shakira shut down rumors after she was “seen in an ambulance in Barcelona recently.“
In a press release posted to Twitter, the singer stated she bought in an ambulance on the weekend of May 28 to accompany her father to the hospital after he had “a nasty fall.”
He continues to be recovering on the hospital, she stated.
“Please do ship all of your finest needs his method and thanks all as at all times for your entire love & assist,” she added.
Diana Dasrath , Reuters and The Associated Press contributed.