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Football star Gerard Pique and Shakira announce separation after 11 years and 2 children together


Gerard Pique and Shakira met while filming the music video of the singer’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Gerard Pique and Shakira (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gerard Pique and Shakira have split up after 11 years
  • Gerard Pique and Shakira share two sons – Milan and Sasha
  • Gerard Pique and Shakira met during the 2010 World Cup

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and pop star Shakira have called time on their relationship of more than a decade. The couple share two children.

The 45-year-old Colombian singer announced that she is no longer with her 35-year-old Spanish footballer beau after an 11-year relationship.

“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” they said in a statement as reported by AFP news agency. “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 couple announced their separation just over a week after Spanish court documents inched Shakira closer to standing trial in Spain for tax fraud after a Barcelona court dismissed an appeal from the singer.

Spanish prosecutors accused her of defrauding the Spanish tax office out of 14.5 million euros (USD 15.5 million) on income earned between 2012 and 2014. They say she moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with Pique became public but maintained official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015.

Her defence lawyers say she moved to Spain full time only in 2015 and insist that her “conduct on tax matters has always been impeccable in all the countries she had to pay taxes”.

The two met while filming the music video of Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Although Pique and Shakira remained unmarried, they welcomed two sons – Milan and Sasha. Both Pique and Shakira share the same birthday, ten years apart.

(With inputs from AFP news agency)



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