Shakira has spoken up for the first time about her divorce from Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué.Information Guide Nigeria
After 12 years together, the Colombian pop star and Spanish soccer player announced their split in June.
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In a cover interview with ELLE magazine, Shakira addressed the split for the first time, calling 2022 “one of the most difficult, darkest hours of my life” owing to the split, her tax fraud prosecution in Spain, and her father’s health issues.
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“It’s been tough, not only for me, but also for my kids. Incredibly difficult,” she shared. “I try to conceal the situation from them as much as I can. It’s really upsetting for two kids who are trying to process their parents’ separation. And sometimes, I just 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 to see something as sacred and as special as I thought was the relationship I had with my kids’ father and see that turned into something vulgarised and cheapened by the media.”
When asked about rumours of a custody battle, she replied, “Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about each other as ex-partners, he is the father of my children. 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.”
The Hips Don’t Lie star was also asked if the end of her relationship came as a surprise, and she stated that those details were “too private to share” while “everything is so raw and new”. However, she went on to insist that she “put everything I had into this relationship and my family” and sacrificed her career and nomadic lifestyle to raise a family with the sports star in Spain.
“I put my career in second gear and I came to Spain, to support him so he could play football and win titles. And it was a sacrifice of love. 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,” she said.
Shakira is also gearing up to go on trial on allegations of tax fraud, which she denies. During this difficult time, her father, who came to Barcelona to support her during the separation, suffered a bad fall and needed brain surgery. A week later, he fell again and “broke many bones in his face”.JAMB Result