Shakira talks about her “difficult” breakup with her ex Gerard Pique.
The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer, 45, and the footballer first met in 2010 when Pique, 35, starred in Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ music video and started dating in 2011.
“I’ve been quiet and just tried to process it all. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about it, mostly because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our Separation is not like a regular separation”, said Shakira She for the cover of the October magazine.
She added that the separation was “difficult not only for me, but also for my children”, referring to her and Pique’s sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.
The three-time Grammy winner said paparazzi camped outside her house and she was hiding from them inside with her children, saying it was ‘difficult’ to do things ‘as a family’ ordinary” because of constant attention.
Shakira has called it “the number one mission in life” to protect her children and protect them from whatever she might be going through in the public eye, even if it’s a big challenge.
“It’s really upsetting for two kids trying to deal with their parents’ separation,” she said. “And sometimes I just feel like it’s all just a bad dream and I’m going to wake up at some point. But no, it’s real.”
Shakira also opened up about her tax fraud trial in Spain. The singer is accused of failing to pay 14.5 million euros, or $14.8 million, in taxes between 2012 and 2014, a period during which her representatives claimed that she did not reside in the country.
If found guilty, she could face more than eight years in prison and owe $24.5 million in fines, plus interest.
In her interview with Elle, Shakira reiterated — as a rep for the singer told ‘Good Morning America’ last month — that she’s “confident” she has enough evidence to support her case. and that justice will prevail in her favor against what she called “false accusations” and “fictitious claims”.
“I have to fight for what I believe in,” she said, referring to her decision in July to reject a settlement offer from the Spanish prosecutor on the case. The terms of this agreement have not been made public.
The trial date has not yet been set.