Colombian superstar Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique announced on Saturday that they would call time in their relationship of more than a decade.
The 45-year-old songwriter “Hips Don’t Lie” is one of the biggest names in the global music industry and has sold over 60 million albums.
The 35-year-old Spanish footballer has won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, as well as three-time Champions League winners with Barcelona.
The couple share two sons and have lived together for many years in the suburbs of Barcelona.
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With a mix of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influences, three-time Grammy winner Shakira became one of Latin America’s biggest stars, gaining huge global hits such as “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Anytime, Anywhere”.
In 2020, he co-starred with Jennifer Lopez in the half-hour show of the NFL Super Bowl Championship final in Miami, one of the most-watched half-hours on American television in general.
After the Barcelona court rejected the singer’s appeal, the couple announced their separation a week after Spanish court documents approached Shakira to come to trial in Spain for tax fraud.
Spanish prosecutors have accused the Spanish tax office of embezzling 14.5 million euros ($ 15.5 million) in revenue between 2012 and 2014.
They say he emigrated to Spain in 2011, when his relationship with Pique became public, but maintained an official tax residence in the Bahamas until 2015.
His lawyers say he moved to Spain full-time only in 2015, insisting that “his conduct in tax matters is always flawless in all the countries where he has to pay taxes.”
In an interview with AFP in 2019, Shakira said that the temporary loss of her voice two years ago was “the darkest moment of her life” and had affected her “deeply”.
He then toured the world in 2018, without having to undergo surgery as recommended by doctors.
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