Singer Shakira and her companion, soccer participant Gerard Pique, have parted methods after 12 years of relationship, the previous couple mentioned in an announcement launched on Saturday. “We remorse to substantiate that we’re separating. For the well-being of our kids, who’re our highest precedence, we ask that you respect our privateness. Thank you on your understanding,” learn the assertion launched by Shakira’s public relations agency as reported by information company (*12*).

Shakira met the Barcelona defender whereas she was selling her 2010 World Cup anthem, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). Shakira and Gerard have been collectively since 2011 and have two children–Sasha and Milan.

With her mixture of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock affect, three-time Grammy winner Shakira is among the greatest stars from Latin America, scoring main international hits with songs reminiscent of Hips do not Lie and Whenever, Wherever. In 2020, she carried out with Jennifer Lopez on the halftime present of the NFL’s Super Bowl championship last in Miami.

The couple introduced their separation simply over per week after Spanish court docket paperwork inched Shakira nearer to standing trial in Spain for tax fraud after a Barcelona court docket dismissed an attraction from the singer. Spanish prosecutors accuse her of defrauding the Spanish tax workplace out of 14.5 million euros ($15.5 million) on earnings earned between 2012 and 2014. They say she moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with Gerard grew to become public however maintained official tax residency within the Bahamas till 2015.

Her defence legal professionals say she moved to Spain full time solely in 2015 and demand that her “conduct on tax issues has at all times been impeccable in all of the international locations she needed to pay taxes”. In an interview with AFP in 2019, Shakira mentioned briefly shedding her voice two years earlier had been “the darkest second of her life” and affected her “deeply”. She later recovered her voice naturally, without having to bear surgical procedure as advisable by docs and subsequently carried out a world tour in 2018.