Shakira has opened up for the first time about her shocking split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together, but has chosen not to talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman.
The 45-year-old Colombian singer opened up about how difficult life was when her relationship with the 35-year-old soccer star ended in the cover story of Elle magazine’s October issue.
Shakira – who has two sons: Milan, nine, and Sasha, seven, with Pique – opened up about the split for the first time, saying: “Oh it’s really hard to talk about it personally, especially in that regard the first one is times that I address this situation in an interview.
“I stayed still and tried to process everything. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about, especially because I’m still going through it and because I’m in the public eye and because our breakup isn’t like a normal breakup. And so it was not only hard for me, but also for my children. Incredibly difficult.”
She went on to say that the constant spotlight on her personal life has been difficult for her family, especially as they have a hard time without being bombarded.
Shakira explained, “So it’s hard. And I tried to hide the situation from my children. I try to do it and protect her because that is my most important mission in life.
“But then they hear things at school from their friends or they come across some uncomfortable, uncomfortable news online, and it just affects them, you know?”
The now-former couple announced their split in June after a dozen years together, although it appeared Shakira didn’t want the relationship to end at the time and since he was already in a new relationship with the 23-year-old PR student Clara Chia Marti is Many had wondered how it all ended.
Shakira was asked how she came to understand that their long-term relationship was over, but kept a low profile on her ex’s new romance, saying: “I think these details are kind of too private to share, at least at this moment. everything is so raw and new. All I can say is that I put everything I had into this relationship and my family.”
She went on to talk about leading a “nomad life” before her kids started school and then settling in Barcelona for Pique’s football career rather than moving to the US for her music.
The Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker explained, “And so one of them had to make that effort and that sacrifice. And I made it. I put my career on second gear and came to Spain to support him so he could play football and win trophies. And it was a sacrifice of love.
“Thanks to that, my kids were able to have a present mother, and I have this amazing bond with them that is unbreakable and sustains us. you know this is it That’s all I can say.’