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Shakira and her longtime boyfriend Gerard Pique have announced their split.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the couple shared in a joint statement on Saturday. “We ask for privacy at this time for the well-being of our children, who are our top priority. Thank you in advance for your understanding and respect.”
The couple first confirmed their relationship in March 2011 and have since welcomed two sons: Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. They originally met on the set of Shakira’s music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”.
The song was commemorated as the official song of the World Cup in 2010.
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News of their split comes after Spanish outlet El Periodico reported that the professional footballer had returned to his home in Barcelona, away from Shakira and their two sons.
Since the news broke, fans have pointed out that Shakira’s lyrics to her new song “Te Felecito” may have revealed issues in her relationship.
“For completing you, I broke into pieces / They warned me, but I didn’t care,” she sang. “I realized that yours is fake/It’s the straw that spilled out of the glass/Don’t tell me you’re sorry, it seems sincere, but I know you well and I know you’re lying.”
In February, the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer opened up about the couple’s arguments over punctuality.
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“My poor husband, boyfriend slash, daddy baby slash, whatever you want to call him, he has to wait so long for me. He’s sick of waiting,” she said on an episode of the podcast. “Planet Weird with Holly H”. .
“Because Colombian time is not the same as Catalan time, Spanish time.”
Before his podcast appearance, Shakira and the FC Barcelona player welcomed the new year together.
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“Let’s whistle our way to 2022!” she captioned an Instagram post alongside Picque.