Shakira and her partner Gerard Pique are splitting up after 11 years together.
The longtime couple confirmed the news to TODAY in a joint statement on Saturday, June 4.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the statement read. “For the well-being of our children, which is our top priority, we ask for privacy. Thanks for understanding. »
Shakira and Pique met in 2010 ahead of the World Cup held in South Africa in June of the same year. The football star, who currently plays for FC Barcelona, appeared in the music video for his song ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, which served as the official song of the World Cup in 2010. However, they did not have not confirmed their relationship. until March 2011.
The couple share two sons together. They welcomed their first son, Milan, 9, in January 2013. Two years later, Shakira gave birth to their second son, Sasha, 7, on January 29, 2015.
Over the years, Shakira, 45, has shared brief glimpses into her children’s life and relationship with Pique, 35. More recently, for Valentine’s Day this year, she shared a selfie with Pique on Instagram to celebrate the occasion, while on Mother’s Day, she posted a picture on Instagram of her two sons giving her a kiss on the cheek.
In August 2021, the Colombian superstar shared a rare photo posing with her two sons in their wetsuits on Instagram while vacationing at a surf resort.
During an interview with Cosmopolitan in October 2021, Shakira opened up about some of her parenting philosophies when it came to raising her two sons alongside Pique. When discussing her favorite philosopher and the line, she shared the line: “There can be many truths, like two sides of a coin. »
“I often try to apply this to the education of my children. I am a tiger mom and a helicopter mom and all these different moms,” she explained.
She later admitted that she struggled to turn off her “producer” side when parenting, but Pique balances it.
“That’s when having a completely opposite partner in that sense becomes helpful,” she explained. My mind never stops. I dream of my children. I constantly worry about them. I torture my poor husband. Well, it’s not really my… I don’t know what to call it!
The interview suggested “compañero,” before Shakira added, “That’s my baby daddy. I torture him about all the problems I see with my children.