(CNN Spanish) — Together they formed one of the most famous couples in the world, but after more than 12 years of relationship and two children together, the Colombian singer Shakira and the Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué announced their separation at the beginning of June this year.
They confirmed it through a statement in which they asked for “respect for our privacy” for the “well-being” of their children, after the constant rumors that circulated for days about a possible break between the singer of “Hips Don’t Lie”, 45, and the FC Barcelona defender, 35.
Almost four months after the breakup in the media, Shakira broke her silence and spoke publicly about her separation from Piqué in an interview with the Spanish magazine ELLE in which she highlighted the mistreatment of information that, according to her, has been carried out by the press on the subject. “I have paparazzi camping in front of my house, 24/7. And there is no place where I can hide from them with my children, except in my own house,” said the Colombian singer.
Here’s a look at the history of this famous couple:
The World Cup that brought them together
Shakira and Piqué met in 2010, months before the World Cup in South Africa, where she was the interpreter of “Waka Waka”, the official song of the World Cup that year, and he was one of the star players of the Spanish team. .
Although Piqué appeared in the music video of the song, it was not during the recordings that they were seen for the first time since, according to the singer herself in an interview in El Hormiguero, she filmed from Los Angeles and he from Spain.
It was in Madrid where they met for the first time. Shakira was in the Spanish capital to perform at the Rock in Rio festival. “I was going to sing at Rock in Rio and then I was going to South Africa and he was also about to go to South Africa. And well, it was the first time we met “said the singer.
Piqué told the Catalan newspaper L’Sportiu in 2020 that he met Shakira in Madrid, before going to South Africa: “The first day I told her that we would meet in the final; I was always brave. She sang the World Cup anthem at the ceremony and I took it for granted that we would play that match And we got to the World Cup and we started losing the first game, but hey, in the end we won.”
Several months later, in March 2011, the Colombian singer made their relationship official through her Twitter account in which she published for the first time a photo in which she posed next to her boyfriend Piqué. “I introduced you to my sun”, the tweet said.
Four years later, in the midst of preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Shakira released the song “Dare (La, La, La)”, another World Cup hit in whose video the soccer player appears.
In the song “23”, from 2017, Shakira sings: “A couple of years ago I was alone, I used to think there was no God, but then you looked at me with your blue eyesyes”. Piqué, with blue eyes, was 23 years old when he met Shakira.
Perhaps the most famous mention of Piqué in Shakira’s music is in “La Bicicleta”, a hit in Latin America in which the singer collaborates with Carlos Vives. The barranquillera says: “Listen Carlos, take me on your bike. That if one day you show Piqué the Tayrona, then he won’t want to go to Barcelona“.
How many children do Shakira and Pique have?
After a year of officially starting their courtship, the couple celebrated the arrival of their first child. Milan, who is currently 9 years old, was born in Barcelona in January 2013, according to a statement on the Colombian singer’s website.
Milan was born on January 22 of that year in a hospital in Barcelona, Spain. The name chosen by his famous parents means dear, gracious and loving in Slavic.
The Colombian, who along with Piqué has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), took advantage of the curiosity of many to meet the newborn to promote her campaign to help disadvantaged children.
Shakira confirmed her second pregnancy a year and a half later, in August 2014, to the Mexican edition of the magazine cosmopolitan. On January 29, 2015, Sasha, her second child, was also born in Barcelona.
In 2017, the couple had silenced rumors of their separation: in September of that year, the defender published a photo of his partner and their two children on an Instagram Story with the message “Sunday. Family time.”
In March 2022, after FC Barcelona’s win over Real Madrid In the Spanish soccer classic Shakira published a spicy post on her social networks. Until that moment everything seemed to work well in the couple.
But after a few days of intense rumors in the entertainment press about an alleged infidelity on the part of the FC Barcelona footballer, Shakira and Piqué finally announced their separation after 12 years of relationship.
“We regret to confirm that we parted ways. For the well-being of our children, who are our top priority, we ask that you respect (our) privacy. Thank you for your understanding,” says the joint statement.
Since then, both Shakira and Piqué have tried to reach an agreement and thus avoid going to trial for the custody of their two children.
The last few months have been difficult for the Colombian singer, who spoke publicly for the first time almost four months after announcing her separation from the soccer player in an interview with Spain’s ELLE magazine in which she said that it is “the darkest stage of my life”.
And it is that the media break is added to the case for alleged tax fraud that he faces against the Spanish justice system, his father’s health problems (one of his greatest emotional supports) and the bad time his children are experiencing due to the separation from Pique.
“It’s been difficult not only for me, but also for my children. Incredibly difficult. I have paparazzi camping in front of my house, 24/7. And there is no place I can hide from them with my children, except in my own house. You know, we can’t take a walk in the park like a normal family or go get ice cream or do any activity without the photographers following us,” Shakira told ELLE Spain.
Without giving details of why they ended, Shakira also said that, no matter how things turned out with him, Piqué would continue to be the father of their children and that they will seek the best for them in the matter of custody.