With the rumor mill running rife about megastars Shakira and Gerard Piqué's relationship, it seems only right that we should lay down the facts. The global pop sensation has broken her silence on their separation, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t ever good times, does it? From their thoughts on that age gap to the strict rules they each forced the other to follow, here’s everything you need to know about the 12-year relationship between the Queen of Latin music and the Spanish defender.
There were often rumors of a split
Throughout their 12-year relationship, Piqué and Shakira constantly had to deal with rumors that they were breaking up. And sadly, those rumors can no longer be dismissed as just hearsay. Aside from the infidelity speculation that tore the couple apart, there was a particularly bad wave of gossip in 2017 that drove one of Shakira’s team to step up. At the time, Shakira's publicist told HOLA! Magazine that everything was “the same” with the couple, and the rumors were actually coming from people “who want to harm Piqué.” Shame that the same thing can't be said now...
There was no chance they'd ever get married
Despite sticking together for over a decade and bringing two children into the world, it seems the same question kept popping up on everyone's lips — "when will they get hitched?" But if Shakira's interview with Glamour was anything to go by, then fans of the couple could have been kept waiting a seriously long time for those wedding bells... “We have a union, a love for each other. I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them.”
They met while filming a music video
Remember Shakira’s song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the tune titled “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)?” There’s a lot of football players in the music video, and Piqué was one of them. He can be seen in the vid for approximately one second — but that one second brought Shakira into his life.
Shakira sung about how many kids she wanted with him
In 2017 Shakira released a Spanish-language song titled “Me Enamoré (I Fell in Love).” It was all about her romance with Piqué, and she made it quite clear what she wanted their future to be like. She sang, “With you I would have ten children/Let’s start with a couple.” It seems they stuck with two, though — Milan and Sasha.