Shakira and Piqué signal custody settlement in Barcelona court docket | Culture

The City of Justice, the mammoth complex that houses Barcelona’s courts, has two doors. When a public figure is testifying or in court, the press has to be at one entrance or another, giving the celebrity at least a chance to avoid being caught by the cameras. But when the occasion calls for it, the press redoubles its efforts: a reporter, a photographer and a cameraman are placed on both sides. That’s what happened Thursday when Gerard Piqué, 35, and Shakira, 45, signed their custody agreement in court.

Shakira and Piqué entered the complex through separate entrances. The couple, who have been together for nearly 12 years, have not been photographed together since announcing their split. Just under a month ago, the Colombian singer and former Barça footballer announced that they have reached a custody agreement. As part of the deal, Shakira will live in Miami with the couple’s two children, Sasha, 11, and Milan, 9. Piqué can see them as many times as he likes, and the cost of these trips will be borne by both, according to the terms. “We have signed an agreement that guarantees the well-being of our children and will be ratified through a purely formal process in court,” they said in a joint statement.

The trial took place on Thursday in the Barcelona courtroom. Half an hour after entering the building, Shakira and Piqué exited the City of Justice through separate exits without commenting to the press.

Gerard Piqué leaves the Barcelona courthouse on December 2nd.David Oller (European press)

Shakira and Piqué announced their separation in early June 2022. “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you for your understanding,” the statement said.

The two met in the summer of 2010 before the soccer World Cup in South Africa. Shakira performed at the event while Piqué was one of the stars that propelled Spain to win the coveted title and become world champions. Two years later, in September 2012, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child: Milan, who was born in January 2013. Only two years later, Sasha, their second child, was born.

Since announcing their split, Piqué and Shakira have refrained from speaking publicly about their split. The Colombian singer has only given one interview in which she spoke about the difficulty of juggling her personal and professional life. “He [Piqué] either end his contract with FC Barcelona and move with me to the USA where my career is headed, or I would have to do that. One of the two had to make an effort and sacrifice. And I made it. I put my career second,” she told Elle magazine in September. “I came to Spain to support him so he could play football and win leagues. And it was an act of love.” But she added, “Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about being an ex, he’s the father of my kids.”

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