MADRID (AP) – Colombian pop star Shakira and her partner, Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, are divorcing, the couple said in a statement released Saturday.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” Shakira’s public relations agency said in a statement. “For the well-being of our children, which is our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thanks for understanding.”
Shakira, 45, met the Barcelona defender when she was promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”. The couple have two children, Sasha and Milan.
In recent days, rumors of the breakup of the couple’s 11-year relationship have swept the Spanish media, fueled by media reports that Piqué, 35, has left the family home in Barcelona and is living alone in the city.
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