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Shakira Finally Breaks Silence on Split from Gerard Piqué

Shakira on the "Elvis" red carpetPhoto by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic

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Former The Voice coach Shakira has broken her silence about her split from longtime partner Gerard Piqué following reports of a cheating scandal. The singer shared that she wants to do what’s best for their two kids.

Shakira Speaks Up About Split from Gerard Piqué

In a new interview with ELLE magazine, Shakira said that details about her split are “too private to share,” but she did emphasize that she “put everything I had into this relationship and my family.” That includes sacrificing her “nomadic life” when her oldest son Milan started school.

“I knew that when he started school I had to settle down, plant roots in Barcelona, and be there for him and for Gerard and then later on for Sasha as well,” Shakira said. “As a soccer player, he wanted to play football and to win titles and I had to support him. I mean, one of the two of us had to make a sacrifice, right? Either he would stop his contract with Barcelona and move to the U.S. with me, where my career is, or I would have to do that instead.”

Shakira said she “put my career in second gear” and supported Piqué’s soccer career, calling it “a sacrifice of love.” She added, “Thanks to that, my kids were able to have a present mom, and I have this amazing bond with them that is unbreakable and that sustains us. You know, that is it. That’s all I can say.”

The couple was together for 12 years and had two sons together, Milan and Sasha. Reports state that the couple was never married nor engaged. Since their split earlier this year, Piqué has been seeing another girl.


The Singer Wants the Best for Her Kids

Shakira said it’s been “hard to watch” the Spanish press coverage of her custody battle with Piqué. She called it “invasive for my kids,” adding, “They don’t deserve to feel observed or watched every second, photographed at school drop-off, or followed by paparazzi. They deserve a normal life.”

“Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about each other as ex-partners, he is the father of my children,” Shakira said. “We have a job to do for these two incredible boys, and I have faith that we will figure out what is best for their future, their own dreams in life, and what is a fair solution for everyone involved.”

She made sure to say that some of the information being reported about the situation “isn’t even true.” Shakira asks for privacy for her family during this tough time.

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