Shakira Opens Up About Gerard Piqué Break up For The First Time: ‘This Is In all probability The Darkest Hour Of My Life’
Shakira is talking candidly for the primary time about her break up from ex Gerard Piqué in a brand new interview with Elle.
The singer was with Piqué for 11 years before they announced their split in June 2022. They share two kids collectively; sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.
When requested concerning the break up, Shakira says: “Oh, that is actually exhausting to speak about personally, particularly as that is the primary time I’ve ever addressed this case in an interview. I’ve remained quiet and simply tried to course of all of it.
“Um, and yeah, it’s exhausting to speak about it, particularly as a result of I’m nonetheless going by way of it, and since I’m within the public eye and since our separation is just not like an everyday separation. And so it’s been robust not just for me, but additionally for my children. Extremely tough.”
She provides, “I’ve paparazzi tenting exterior, in entrance of my home, 24/7. And there’s not a spot the place I can conceal from them with my children, apart from my very own home. You realize, we will’t take a stroll within the park like an everyday household or go have an ice cream or do any exercise with out paparazzi following us. So it’s exhausting. And I’ve tried to hide the scenario in entrance of my children. I attempt to do it and to guard them, as a result of that’s my primary mission in life. However then they hear issues at school from their pals or they arrive throughout some unpleasant, disagreeable information on-line, and it simply impacts them, you understand?”
The musician continues on how the children have been coping with the break up: “I attempt to conceal the scenario from them as a lot as I can. It’s actually upsetting for 2 children who’re attempting to course of their dad and mom’ separation. And typically I simply really feel like that is all a foul dream and that I’m going to get up in some unspecified time in the future. However no, it’s actual.”
Shakira goes on to say of the breakdown of the couple’s relationship: “What’s additionally actual is the frustration to see one thing as sacred and as particular as I assumed was the connection I had with my children’ father and see that became one thing vulgarized and cheapened by the media. And all of this whereas my dad has been within the ICU and I’ve been combating on completely different fronts. Like I stated, that is in all probability the darkest hour of my life. However then I take into consideration all these ladies all over the world who’re going by way of hardship, who’re going by way of a scenario as dangerous as mine or as tough as mine or worse.
“For these ladies like me who imagine in values like household who had the dream, the large dream of getting a household eternally, to see that dream damaged or shredded into items might be one of the painful issues which you could ever undergo. However I believe that girls, we’re resilient.”
Elsewhere within the tell-all interview, Shakira additionally talks about the Spanish government accusing her of tax fraud.
The Elle reporter asks, “You’re going through as much as eight years in jail. They stated you have been a resident of Spain for tax functions from 2011 to 2014, which means for them that you simply spent over 183 days within the nation. You determined to struggle these accusations as an alternative of settling with them. Why?”
Shakira responds, “As a result of I’ve to struggle for what I imagine; as a result of these are false accusations. Initially, I didn’t spend 183 days per yr at the moment in any respect. I used to be busy fulfilling my skilled commitments all over the world. Second, I’ve paid every part they claimed I owed, even earlier than they filed a lawsuit. In order of as we speak, I owe zero to them. And at last, I used to be suggested by one of many 4 largest tax specialist companies on the earth, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I used to be assured that I used to be doing issues appropriately and transparently from day one.
“Nevertheless, even with out proof to help these fictional claims, as they normally do, they’ve resorted to a salacious press marketing campaign to attempt to sway individuals, and apply strain within the media together with the specter of reputational injury to be able to coerce settlement agreements.
“It’s well-known that the Spanish tax authorities do that typically not solely with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso, and lots of extra), it additionally occurs unjustly to the common taxpayer. It’s simply their model. However I’m assured that I’ve sufficient proof to help my case and that justice will prevail in my favour.”