Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué and singer Shakira have announced their separation in a joint statement after an alleged infidelity came to light.
The statement reads: “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, who are our top priority, we ask for respect for our privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”
A separation between the two super couple is imminent even though a custody dispute over their children is a problem that looms large.
This was reported by El Economista’s Informalia magazine, which has said that the couple will put an end to a 12-year relationship and that they have already started the separation process.
“There is no turning back: the Colombian singer and the blaugrana footballer have started the official separation process in Barcelona,” Informalia wrote.
“They have not been able to overcome their latest crisis despite 12 year relationship with both Shakira (45) and Pique (35) hiring specialised lawyers to start the process”.
Although they never got married, which is one less problem, there are things they need to sort out and the custody of their sons Milan and Sasha is the main issue to be resolved.
“They are not married, but they share important things that need to be sorted out,” Informalia add. “Sources say that neither of them want money from the other, but there will be problems (and lots of them) regarding the custody of their two children.
Shakira wants to move to another country
After the possible break-up of the couple was announced at the beginning of the week, it appears as if Shakira wants to move to another country, which she will do, but with her children.
“The artist does not want to continue living in Barcelona,” Informalia explain. “She has no friends or family here (except for Pique’s) and the tax authorities have been after her for years, so she intends to move and settle in another country. With her children, of course.”
That is the situation that would cause problems, as the footballer does not want to be separated from his children, as they have been in Barcelona all their lives and a change of country could affect them and he does not see the need.
The same sources, according to the magazine, assure that neither of the two “is willing to give in on this point, so if an amicable agreement is not reached, things could get ugly”.