Shakira announces her separation from her partner of many years Gerard Piqué

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Shakira and her longtime partner, Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, have split.

The couple announced their split in a statement released on Saturday (June 4).

“We regret to confirm that we are parting ways,” they said in a statement released by Shakira’s public relations firm. “For the well-being of our children, who are our top priority, we ask that you respect our privacy.”

“Thanks for your understanding”.

The 45-year-old Colombian pop star has been dating the 35-year-old Camp Nou center-back since 2011. They share two children, Sasha and Milan.

Piqué and Shakira met in the spring of 2010, after the footballer appeared in the music video for Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)Shakira’s official song from the 2010 World Cup.

Spanish media had recently reported that Piqué had moved out of the family home in Barcelona and was living alone.

Gerard Piqué of FC Barcelona and Shakira pose with the trophy after FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final in 2015

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Earlier this year, a Spanish court dismissed Shakira’s appeal in a tax fraud case, paving the way for an upcoming trial.

The case first came to light in December 2018, when prosecutors accused the singer of failing to pay €14.5 million in tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014.

Shakira denied any wrongdoing when she testified in June 2019.

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