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COLUMBIAN singer, Shakira Ripoll, and ace Spain and Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, have confirmed a divorce rumour regarding their relationship.

They conducted the confirmation in a statement on Saturday, June 4, 2022 via her public relations agency.

The statement read, “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy.”

Shakira, 45, and Pique, 35, have been together since 2011 and have two children, Milan, 9, and Shasha, 7.

They met shortly before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when he featured in the music video for Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, the tournament’s official song.

The musical hit, ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer, had once claimed that Pique was with her because he was in love with her.

She said, “[Gerard is] with me because he wants to be with Shakira the person, not the celebrity,” Shakira had told Latina magazine in 2014.

“There’s real love, there’s no ulterior motives. And I’m with him because he’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met.

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“We want the same things, we like the same things, we hate the same things. I have never been with someone so passionate in my life,” she said.

Several reports have speculated that the separation was as a result of the defender caught cheating. Other accounts vary.

Some say Shakira had caught Pique with the mother of his 17-year-old clubmate, Gavi. Some others allege that the three-time Champions League winner cheated on his ex-wife with a 20-year-old student, who works as a waitress.

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