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Colombian pop star Shakira and footballer Gerard Pique announce separation after 12 years

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Saturday, Colombian superstar Shakira and footballer Gerard Pique announced separation, ending their 12-year long relationship. The couple had two children. According to a report, Shakira caught Pique cheating on her.

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They said in a statement, “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, who are our utmost priority, we request respect for (our) privacy.”

Spanish football hero Pique, 35, won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, and is a three-time Champions League winner with Barcelona. The 45-year-old “Hips don’t Lie” songstress is one of the biggest names in the global music industry and has sold more than 60 million albums.

With her mix of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influence, three-time Grammy winner Shakira is one of the biggest stars from Latin America, scoring major global hits with songs such as “Hips don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever”.

The couple announced their separation just over a week after Spanish court documents inched Shakira closer to standing trial in Spain for tax fraud after a Barcelona court dismissed an appeal from the singer. Spanish prosecutors accuse her of defrauding the Spanish tax office out of 14.5 million euros ($15.5 million) on income earned between 2012 and 2014.

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In 2020, she performed with Jennifer Lopez at the halftime show of the NFL’s Super Bowl championship final in Miami, typically one of the most-watched half-hours in US television.

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