After more than three months of having announced his separation from soccer player Gerard Piqué, Shakira decided to speak openly about the subject for the first time.
The woman from Barranquilla, who has remained on the sidelines of the rumors of the entertainment press, chose to open up in an interview with the magazine ‘Elle’.
In his words, a bath of sincerity.
“It’s probably the darkest stage of my life”said.
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‘The darkest stage’
The courage to break the silence
“I stayed silent and just tried to process it all. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our breakup isn’t like a regular breakup. So it has been difficult not only for me, but also for my children. Incredibly difficult. I have ‘paparazzi’ camping outside, in front of my house, 24/7″, Shakira said when questioned at the beginning with the question: “How are you doing with the dissolution of your relationship?” that the journalist Lulú García-Navarro did to him.
In the time since her announcement, Shakira has been frequently scrutinized by entertainment reporters looking for the tiniest detail.
Of course, despite the annoyance, as they have declared, the Barranquilla has always responded with the height and decency that characterizes her.
“We can’t go for a walk in the park like a normal family or go for ice cream or do any activity without paparazzi following us around. So it’s hard. And I’ve tried to hide the situation from my kids. I try to do it and protect them because that’s my number one mission in life. But then they hear things at school from their friends or they come across unpleasant news online, and it just affects them, you know?” Shakira confessed about that constant scrutiny.
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How are the kids?
Later in the exclusive talk with ‘Elle’, Shakira decided to answer the question of her fans: “How have the children been dealing with the situation?”
To date, what the specialized press has reported is that the children would supposedly leave Barcelona for Miami, in case Shakira moves.
Likewise, it has been stated that the footballer’s new partner would already know Milan and Sasha.
In this regard, Shakira said: “I try to hide the situation from them as much as I can. It’s really upsetting for two children who are trying to process the separation of their parents. And sometimes I feel like this is all a bad dream and that I’m going to wake up at some point. But no, it’s real. And what’s also real is the disappointment of seeing something as sacred and as special as I thought my relationship with the father of my children was and seeing it become vulgarized and cheapened by the media.”
In her reflection on the difficult moment, in which she also faces a delicate family situation due to her father’s health, Shakira did not hesitate to assure in the dialogue that “This is probably the darkest hour of my life”.
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Sometimes I feel like this is all a bad dream
The alleged child custody dispute
“Honestly, the description in the local press here in Spain has been very difficult to see. And invasive for my children. They do not deserve to feel watched or watched every second, photographed at school or followed by paparazzi. They deserve a normal life. It is just a total circus, and everyone is speculating about all these aspects of our lives, and more importantly, our children, and a lot of it isn’t even true. Regardless of how things turned out or how Gerard and I felt as exes , he is the father of my children. We have a job to do for these two amazing children, and I have faith that we will discover what is best for your future, their own dreams in life and what is a fair solution for everyone involved. And I hope and I would be grateful if they gave us the space to do it in private,” Shakira replied about the rumors of a dispute over the custody of the children with Piqué.
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He is the father of my children
The impact of separation
“I can only say that I put everything I had into this relationship and into my family. Before my children started school, I had a really nomadic life: I had lived my entire existence as an artist, traveling non-stop, going to different places in the world, touring, doing shows, promoting, building schools in Colombia and recording. in different countries around the world. Even during the first years of my relationship with Gerard and when I had my first child, Milan. He took him with me everywhere since he was 2 months old. I even remember constantly breastfeeding him on the set of La Voz,” said the Barranquillera.
“Once Milan started school, at the end of 2014, I knew that my constant travels and nomadic existence had to be put on the back burner and my career had to take a backseat. I knew that when school started I had to settle down, put down roots in Barcelona and be there for him and for Gerard and then also for Sasha. As a footballer, he wanted to play football and win titles and I had to support him. I mean, one of us had to make a sacrifice, right? Either he would leave his contract with Barcelona and move to the United States with me, where my career is, or he would have to do that instead,” he added.
“And so, one of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice. And I did. I put my career in the background and came to Spain, to support him so that he could play football and win titles. And it was a sacrifice of love. Thanks to that, my children were able to have a mother present, and I have with them that incredible bond that is unbreakable and that sustains us. You know, that’s it. This is all I can say,” she concluded.
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Support in hard times
“I’ve been pleasantly finding an amazing and human side of people, you know, people that I thought were in my life maybe because of the work that we do together. But no, these people really have an empathy and a heart that explains why they have been loved by so many. For example, will.i.am. He regularly communicates with me, and one day he even sent me a beautiful prayer, praying for my children and for me to find peace. Chris Martin is always there and tells me that he is there for me, whatever I need Juan Luis Guerra Alejandro Sanz. [Cambia al español] Dear friends who have become people who I think not only care about me as an artist but as a person, as a human being. [Volver al español] Your support has made me feel like I could be alone, but I don’t feel alone. Sometimes one woman can be enough“, he concluded.
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