Issued on: 08.11.2022 – 20:24Modified: 08/11/2022 – 20:22
Barcelona (AFP) – Colombian music superstar Shakira and Spanish footballer Gerard Pique have reached an agreement over custody of their two children after their split, their representatives announced on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old “Hips Don’t Lie” singer is planning to move to Miami with the couple’s two sons and Pique will have her for 10 days plus every month during the school holidays, the player’s attorney Ramon Tamborero has said.
“It’s not that one won and another lost, if someone won, it was the children,” he told AFP news agency after months of custody negotiations.
In a surprise move, Pique, 35, announced last week that he was retiring from football.
The Barcelona defender broke down in tears during a farewell speech at his final game at the club’s Camp Nou stadium on Saturday.
He also kicked around on the pitch with his sons Milan, nine, and Sascha, seven.
“We have signed an agreement that will guarantee the welfare of our children and will be ratified in court,” Shakira’s representative said in a message co-signed by the singer and Pique.
“Our sole aim is to offer them the greatest possible security and protection and we trust that their privacy will be respected,” the statement added, without giving further details.
Shakira and Pique announced their romantic relationship in 2011 but never married.
They met while filming their rousing video “Waka Waka,” the official song of the 2010 World Cup, which featured Pique.
The couple, who have lived together on the outskirts of Barcelona for years, announced their split in June.
Shakira, one of the biggest names in the global music industry, is on trial in Spain for allegedly defrauding the tax authorities of 14.5 million euros ($14.5 million) on earnings made between 2012 and 2014.
She told Elle magazine in September that the combination of her looming tax fraud lawsuit, the split from Pique and her father’s illness meant these were “the most difficult and darkest hours of my life.”
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