Gerard Pique and Shakira break up

gerard pique and shakira break up
gerard pique and shakira break up

Saturday, Colombian superstar Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique announced the end of their more than a decade-long engagement.

The 45-year-old “Hips don’t Lie” singer is one of the most prominent figures in the global music industry, having sold over 60 million albums.

Pique, who is 35 years old, has won the 2010 World Cup, the 2012 European Championship, and the Champions League three times with Barcelona.

The couple shared two sons and had lived together on the outskirts of Barcelona for years.

“We regret to announce that we have decided to separate. For the sake of our children, whose safety is our top priority, we request privacy,” they wrote in a statement.

Shakira, a three-time Grammy winner, is one of Latin America’s biggest artists, with songs such as “Hips don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever” becoming global smashes thanks to her blend of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influence.

In 2020, she performed alongside Jennifer Lopez at the halftime show of the Super Bowl championship game in Miami, one of the most-watched half-hours on American television.

The couple announced their split a week after Spanish court documents inched Shakira closer to facing trial in Spain for tax fraud and a Barcelona court denied the singer’s appeal.

Prosecutors in Spain accuse her of cheating the Spanish tax agency of 14.5 million euros ($15.5 million) in earnings from 2012 to 2014.

When her relationship with Pique became public in 2011, she reportedly moved to Spain but kept official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015.

Her defence attorneys assert that she came to Spain full-time only in 2015 and that her “tax behaviour has always been faultless in all countries where she was required to pay taxes.”

Shakira stated in a 2019 interview with AFP that momentarily losing her voice two years prior was “the worst time of her life” and had “seriously” damaged her.

In 2018, she embarked on a world tour after regaining her voice naturally, despite physicians’ recommendations that she undergo surgery.

In the interim, no judge has been assigned to the case.

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