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June 6, 2022 | 8:53 am
Together they are one of the most famous couples in the world, but more than a decade later, Colombian superstar Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique have called for an end to their relationship. The 45-year-old “Hip Don’t Lie” songstress is one of the biggest names in the global music industry, having sold more than 60 million…
Together they are one of the most famous couples in the world, but more than a decade later, Colombian superstar Shakira and FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique have called for an end to their relationship.
The 45-year-old “Hip Don’t Lie” songstress is one of the biggest names in the global music industry, having sold more than 60 million records.
The 35-year-old Spanish football hero Pique won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, and is a three-time Champions League winner for Barcelona.
Shakira performed her infectious hit “Waka Waka”, the official song of the 2010 World Cup, at the closing ceremony of the tournament in South Africa.
They met while filming the national anthem video and exchanged messages weeks before the closing ceremony.
Once officially official, they quickly became paparazzi darlings.
The couple, who share two sons, have lived together on the outskirts of Barcelona for many years.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, they are our number one priority and we ask that (our) privacy be respected,” the couple said in a statement.
Blending Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influences, three-time Grammy winner Shakira is one of Latin America’s brightest stars, with songs like “Butt Don’t Lie” and “Anytime Anywhere” Great success within.
In 2020, she performed with Jennifer Lopez during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl championship final in Miami, one of the most-watched halftime shows on American television.
Pique’s fame reached new heights with Shakira, and the couple extended their influence beyond music and sports.
Peak also became a successful entrepreneur.
In 2015, they organized a dinner with Japanese online retailer Rakuten, resulting in one of the biggest sponsorship deals in Barcelona.
Pique’s sports interests are not limited to football. His investment fund Kosmos bought Davis Cup in 2018 in a 25-year deal worth $3 billion.
Peak also used the offseason to pursue a master’s degree at Harvard.
The couple announced their separation after a Barcelona court dismissed Shakira’s appeal and Spanish court documents put Shakira close to a tax fraud trial in Spain.
Spanish prosecutors have accused her of defrauding the Spanish tax agency of 14.5 million euros ($15.5 million) with her earnings between 2012 and 2014.
They said she moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with Pique became public, but remained official tax resident status in the Bahamas until 2015.
Her defence lawyer said she only moved to Spain full-time in 2015 and insists she has “perfectly performed on tax issues in all the countries where she has to pay”.
Faced with his own legal problems, Pique saw in December Spain’s top court reversed a lower court ruling ordering him to pay the tax office 2.1 million euros in back taxes and penalties.
Shakira was also named in October 2021 in one of the largest ever leaks of financial documents, known as the
“Pandora Papers”, one of the public figures related to offshore assets.
Shakira told AFP in 2019 that the temporary loss of her voice two years ago was “the darkest moment of her life” and affected her “deeply”.
She later regained her voice naturally, without the need for surgery as recommended by her doctor, before embarking on a world tour in 2018.