Shakira and Gerard Piqué announce that they are separating after 12 years of relationship

Shakira and Gerard Piqué announce that they are separating after 12 years of relationship

Shakira and Gerard Piqué have announced that, after almost 12 years of relationship and two children together, they are separating. This has been communicated by both through a joint letter that has been collected by the Efe agency. “We regret to confirm that we are parting ways. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding”, they point out. Just 26 words to say goodbye to more than a decade of love.

Shakira, 45, and Gerard Piqué, 35, met shortly before the World Cup held in South Africa in the summer of 2010, where she performed and in which he was one of the stars that led Spain to win the coveted title and become world champion. She was one of the most successful global performers, and that year the famous Waka Waka became La Roja's anthem and one of the summer themes. According to the Barcelona footballer in an interview in the newspaper L' Esportiu in 2020, he met Shakira in Madrid, shortly before going to South Africa: "I told him that we would meet in the final. She was going to sing the anthem at the closing ceremony and I assumed we would play that game. We lost the first game, but in the end we won."

The couple took a few months to make their relationship official. She did it on her Twitter account in March 2011, with the phrase: "I present to you my sun". According to him, details such as their birthdays just a decade apart (she was born on February 2, 1977; he, on February 2, 1987) made them feel that they were "predestined to meet." Quickly, Shakira moved to Barcelona with the soccer player, and two years after starting their relationship, in September 2012, they announced her first pregnancy. Her first child, a boy named Milan, was born in January 2013.

This was Gerard Piqué and Shakira's first photo together, where they pose with, among others, Carles Puyol, Piqué's partner, and his girlfriend, Malena Costa, and with the singer's makeup artist, Beatriz Matallana (next to her), during the celebration of the birthdays of Piqué and Shakira, in a photograph that Piqué posted on Twitter in 2011. With it they broke the exclusive intended by many media, who sought to photograph them together before they announced their relationship, something they did in March 2011.

This was Gerard Piqué and Shakira's first photo together, where they pose with, among others, Carles Puyol, Piqué's partner, and his girlfriend, Malena Costa, and with the singer's makeup artist, Beatriz Matallana (next to her), during the celebration of the birthdays of Piqué and Shakira, in a photograph that Piqué posted on Twitter in 2011. With it they broke the exclusive intended by many media, who sought to photograph them together before they announced their relationship, something they did in March 2011.

The singer confirmed her second pregnancy a year and a half after her, in August 2014, and on January 29, 2015 Sasha, her second child, was also born in Barcelona. In an interview with EL PAÍS shortly before the arrival of the little one, Shakira explained how much she liked "the state of pregnancy". "I enjoy it naturally, although I also experience it with the anxiety of any mother, but I am very happy to expand the family and with great curiosity to see how Milan interacts with her brother," she recounted in early 2015.

The Colombian also explained years later, in 2017, that after being her mother she was about to abandon her professional career, but that Piqué encouraged her not to leave her successful job. “I decided that as soon as Sasha was independent enough, she would go back into the recording studio. But I did not take into account the conflict between my two souls and the fears that arose. I got stage fright. I was confused, I was tempted to withdraw and leave everything, ”she explained in the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. “Gerard unblocked me. He told me loud and clear that he would never allow me to retire from music. ‘You will withdraw when you have nothing to say. And now go outside and do what you know how to do. He was right, I was just scared, terrified."

Despite the fact that various media have announced an imminent wedding over the years, there never was a link; the couple has always said that they do not need to get married. In fact, in 2019 she explained that hers was not "a traditional couple".