Shakira and Gerard Pique break up after 12 years of relationship. The two officially confirmed the separation on Saturday, through a joint statement sent by the lawyers. According to the Spanish press, the reason for the separation was the infidelity of the Barcelona player. Both, on the other hand, had problems with the Tax Office.
The famous Colombian singer met the footballer in 2010, during the filming of the anthem of the World Championship in South Africa, when Pique appeared in the video for the song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” sung by Shakira, the official song of the tournament.
Shakira and Pique have two boys together, but they were never married.
Shakira and Gerard Pique have the same date of birth, but the Colombian singer is 10 years older. She is 45 years old and Pique is 35 years old.
Rumors of their separation have circulated several times over the years.
“It simply came to our notice then. For the well-being of our children, which is our highest priority, please respect our privacy “, it is shown in the joint communiqué sent on Saturday by their PR agency.
Both partners had problems with the Tax Office
The singer of the hit “Hips Don’t Lie” is facing, on the other hand, a trial for accusations of tax evasion in Spain, after losing the appeal on May 26. Prosecutors say she failed to pay up to 14.5 million euros (US $ 15.54 million) in income tax between 2012 and 2014.
Shakira’s team of lawyers said in a statement that it would continue to defend her with strong legal arguments. “Shakira’s conduct in tax matters has always been impeccable in all countries where she has had to pay taxes and has trusted and faithfully followed the recommendations of the best specialists and advisers,” according to a statement.
Pique also had problems with the tax authorities. In his case, the Spanish judiciary overturned a conviction in 2021 that forced the footballer to pay 2.1 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities for an alleged crime of image rights fraud.
According to the magazine The MoneyShakira raised about $ 300 million from music and shows, while Pique would be worth “only” about $ 40 million.
Only three months ago, in March, Shakira was paying homage to her life partner when he reached 600 matches for FC Barcelona. “600 matches! I don’t think we’ve had 600 gigs. Your achievements are unprecedented. History is a continuous present and you are here to continue to build it, yours, your club, ours and future generations. You are made of material that only God knows, and for me you are the best example of struggle, perseverance, and sincerity for our children. During these years with you, I realized that you came into this world to change paradigms. You have so much more to offer! In football and so many other aspects of your extraordinary life. Because there is not and will never be another Gerard Piqué. An exceptional man “, Shakira wrote on Instagram.
Earlier this month, the daily El Periodico wrote that the footballer has been going through a sentimental crisis for some time, which is why he cheated on the singer. After she caught him, Shakira asked Pique to move into his apartment on his own, which happened. The episode took place a few weeks ago.
Editor: Luana Pavaluca
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