Shakira and Spanish football player Gerard Piqué have both confirmed that they are going their separate ways after nearly 12 years together.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the two said in a statement released by Shakira’s public relations firm. “For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer, 45, met the footballer, 35, on the set of her music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which served as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The pair of exes share two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.
The confirmation comes after Spanish news outlet El Periodico reported that Piqué had moved out of their family home, fueling speculations that the couple wasn’t on good terms anymore.
According to PageSix, things appeared to be going smoothly for the couple as recently as Valentine’s Day when Shakira shared a photo to mark the occasion on social media. She also shared a photo of them kissing as they brought in 2022 together, captioning the snaps, “Let’s whistle our way to 2022!… Y los últimos besitos del 2021!”
Even still, many fans believed the Super Bowl performer was set to come out of the closet last summer thanks to the star changing her Twitter photo and header to a faded mix of pink, orange and white, which represent the lesbian pride flag. The singer never acknowledged fan suspicions.
Shakira and Gerard Pique confirm they are to separate
Meanwhile, Shakira is facing a trial over alleged tax fraud charges in Spain after she lost an appeal on May 26. Prosecutors claim she failed to pay up to 14.5 million euros ($15.54 million) in tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014.
Her legal team said in a statement they will keep defending her case with solid legal arguments.
“Shakira’s conduct on tax matters has always been impeccable in all the countries she had to pay taxes and she has trusted and followed faithfully the recommendations of the best specialists and advisers,” the statement said.
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