It’s been over a year since the much-publicized split between international recording icon Shakira and her long-term partner Gerard Piqué. With their eleven years of love ending in early 2021, it has been difficult for fans across the globe to accept.
But now, in this candid interview with The New York Times Magazine, Shakira talks about how she is coping with life after her break up from one of the most iconic couples in pop culture history.
About Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actress who has sold over 75 million records worldwide, becoming one of the most successful female singers ever. She shot to international fame in 2001 when she released her album “Laundry Service.”
In March 2010, Shakira met Gerard Piqué at the FIFA World Cup 2010 opening ceremony, where they were both performing. At the time, Gerard was playing for FC Barcelona, and he later became one of the best defenders in football.
Shakira and Gerard started dating shortly thereafter and quickly became a global power couple, with fans around the world cheering them on. The pair had been together since, famously welcoming two children into their family – Milan and Sasha.
Reasons behind the split
The seemingly ideal relationship between singer Shakira and professional football player Gerard Pique was rocked when rumors of Pique cheating began to swirl. What initially looked like a fairy-tale story ended with the two calling it quits in January 2021 after ten long years together as partners and parents of two children.
Though these rumors were never officially confirmed by either party, it’s safe to say that Pique’s alleged infidelity was likely the primary cause of their split. In the weeks since, Shakira and Pique have begun moving on with their respective lives, each finding support and comfort from close friends and family members.
Co-parenting after the separation
Despite the hardships of separating, the couple worked diligently to balance their co-parenting dynamic. They sought mediation resources that allowed them to stay in communication throughout the separation process.
Constant communication was key for both parties as they established parental agreements through compromise, keeping their child’s needs first. The couple set unified boundaries and expectations regarding parenting, which enabled them to continue sharing responsibility throughout their time apart.
Through open dialogue and negotiation, they developed an environment conducive to easing the separation tensions while focusing on creating a space where their child could thrive.
Living the single life
After spending 11 years with her long-term partner, Shakira has found a way to move on positively. Her new single status is an opportunity to focus on herself and what makes her happy.
In her own words, Shakira has said she wants to use this time of transition as a chance to escape society’s expectations and start fresh without any preconceived notions of what she ought to be doing. Not only is she beginning the next phase of her life with a newfound sense of freedom, but she’s also reconnecting with her core values, sure to set a bright stage for her future endeavors.