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Shakira claims she put her career on hold for Gerard Piqué: ‘A lot of sacrifice for love’

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Shakira claims her career took a back seat for many years because of her ex-partner Gerard Piqué.

“For a long time I put my career on hold to be next to Gerard, so he could play football,” the Colombian singer said in a new interview with the Sunday Times published Saturday.

“There was a lot of sacrifice for love,” she added.

Shakira and Gerard Piqué.
Shakira said she put her career on hold while in a relationship with Gerard Piqué. Getty Images
Shakira.
The singer said there was a “lot of sacrifice for love.” Philip Vaughan/Big Pictures USA
Shakira singing.
Shakira said she put her career on hold so Piqué could play soccer. AP

Shakira, 47, first met Piqué, 37, on the set of the music video for her song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa”) in 2010.

Three years later, they welcomed their first son, Milan, 11, and had Sasha, 9, two years after that.

The family was based in Barcelona, Spain, as Piqué played for the city’s soccer team.

Shakira coached on “The Voice” in the US on occasion and put out an album “El Dorado” in 2017, but mostly focused on raising her kids.

Gerard Piqué and Shakira.
The couple first began dating in 2010. Europa Press via Getty Images
Shakira and Gerard Piqué.
They share two sons, Milan and Sasha. Getty Images

Then in June 2022, she and Piqué announced their separation in a joint statement.

“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the former couple said at the time. “We ask for privacy at this moment for the well-being of our children, who are our maximum priority. Thank you in advance for your understanding and respect.”

Page Six later reported that Shakira was “devastated” over Piqué’s alleged infidelity with his now-girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti, who is more than 20 years the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer’s junior.

Gerard Piqué and Shakira.
The couple announced their split in 2022. Getty Images
Gerard Piqué and Shakira.
Shakira was reportedly “devastated” by Piqué’s alleged affair. Getty Images

Shakira reportedly found out her ex was having an affair when she discovered jam was missing from their home.

She exacted musical revenge last year in a song called “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol 53,” warbling in Spanish, “I’m worth two 22-year-olds/You traded in a Ferrari for a Twingo.”

It’s not the first time Shakira has spoken bitterly about the end of her relationship with Piqué.

Shakira and Gerard Piqué.
Piqué is now dating Clara Chia Marti. AFP via Getty Images
Shakira and Gerard Piqué.
Shakira has said in a previous interview that she believed in “till death do us part.” Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images

Speaking to Billboard last year, the mother of two confessed to believing in “till death do us part.”

“My priority was my home, my family. I believed in ’till death do us part.’ I believed that dream,” Shakira said in September 2023.


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“My parents have been together, I don’t know, 50 years, and they love each other like the first day, with a love that’s unique and unrepeatable. So I know it’s possible.”

She added at the time, “It’s what I wanted for myself and my children, but it didn’t happen.”

Shakira performing.
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer has a new album coming out. REUTERS
Shakira performing.
It’s her first new album in seven years. WireImage

Despite her relationship woes, it has been been a tumultuous time for “The Voice” judge.

In November 2023, she narrowly avoided possible jail time by pleading guilty to tax evasion in Spain.

Under a deal that was struck at the last minute, Shakira received a suspended three-year sentence estimated to be around $7.6 million. She is releasing a new album, “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran,” soon.

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