As Gerard Pique had us thinking there is hope for celebrity couples, the footballer’s affair was exposed. As fans are still reeling over the Spanish footballer’s breakup with long-term partner Columbian singer Shakira, the songstress opened up about the divorce.
In an interview published online, the ‘Hips Don’t Lie‘ singer told E! how “fighting on different fronts” meant she was facing “probably the darkest hour of my life”.
Aside from the split, and custody battle for their two children, there’s also her father’s illness and the legal trouble with Spanish tax authorities.
Addressing the very public split, she shared how she’s still reeling from accepting that reality
“Sometimes, I still feel like this is all a bad dream and that I’m going to wake up at some point, … It’s real and what’s also real is the disappointment to see something as sacred and as special as I thought was the relationship I had with my kids’ father and see that turned into something vulgarised and cheapened by the media.”
On her split with Gerard, the Waka Waka singer spoke up about how their children are coping with it.
“I’ve remained quiet and just tried to process it all. And yeah, it’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and our separation is not like a regular separation. And so it’s been tough not only for me but also for my kids. Incredibly difficult, … I have paparazzi camping outside, in front of my house, 24/7. And there’s not a place where I can hide from them with my kids, except for my own house. You know, we can’t take a walk in the park like a regular family or go have an ice cream or do any activity without the paparazzi following us. So it’s hard,” she said.
However, the I Dare You crooner is doing all she can to shield her kids from the public stares due to the breakup.
“I try to do it and to protect them because that’s my number one mission in life. But then they hear things in school from their friends or they come across some disagreeable, unpleasant news online, and it just affects them, you know?”
The couple had been together for over 11 years and has two children together. They started dating after they first met at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Gerard was featured in the music video for Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – the tournament’s official song.