“There Was A Lot Of Sacrifice For Love”: Shakira Opened Up About Putting Her Career “On Hold” During Her Relationship With Gerard Piqué

“There were so many pieces of my life that crumbled in front of my eyes, and I had to rebuild myself in a way,” Shakira said.

Almost two years on from their split, Shakira is looking back on her and Gerard Piqué’s relationship.

Closeup of Gerard Piqué and Shakira sitting at an event

As you might be aware, Shakira and Gerard — who share two kids: Milan, 11, and Sasha, 9 — dated for 11 years before announcing that they had parted ways in June 2022.

Closeup of Gerard Piqué with his arm around Shakira's shoulders

Things quickly got pretty messy, with rumors circulating that Gerard had cheated on Shakira. She further fueled the discourse with the release of a brutal diss track last January, and months later, she appeared to make a jab at him at the 2023 Billboard Latin Women in Music ceremony.

Closeup of Shakira sitting on a couch and speaking into a microphone

Shakira also publicly discussed how she was navigating the split, telling Elle, “This is really hard to talk about personally — especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye, and because our separation is not like a regular separation. And so it’s been tough not only for me but also for my kids.”

As for Gerard, he remained silent for a while following his and Shakira’s initial statement, though wound up debuting his new girlfriend on Instagram just weeks after Shakira’s diss track was released.

A couple of months later, he discussed the split for the first time, telling El País in a translated interview that he was focused on “protecting” his kids and being “faithful” to himself.

Closeup of Gerard Piqué

“Everyone has their responsibility to try to do what is best for their children,” he said. “It is about protecting them. That is the job of all parents with children. That is what I am focused on, and that is my job as a father.”

“The day I die, I will look back and hope I have always done what I wanted. I want to be faithful to myself,” he added, with his comments unsurprisingly sparking backlash online.

Fast-forward to today, and Shakira has discussed the past relationship in some more detail.

Shakira in a unique metallic bodysuit at an event

This weekend, Shakira sat down with the Sunday Times for a wide-ranging interview — much of which was centered around the upcoming release of her first album in seven years, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, which translates to Women No Longer Cry.

Shakira on the red carpet wearing a sequined dress

Addressing her long hiatus, Shakira recalled putting her “career on hold” while she and Gerard were together so that she could be with him while he played football.

Shakira kisses Gerard Piqué who smiles, holding a trophy on a sports field

“For a long time I put my career on hold, to be next to Gerard, so he could play football,” she said. “There was a lot of sacrifice for love.”

Shakira and Gerard Piqué share a kiss, Shakira in a sleeveless top and Piqué in a BARCA jacket

Speaking a little further about her upcoming album, Shakira noted that the project represents “the transformation of pain into creativity, frustration into productivity, anger into passion, vulnerability into resilience.”

Shakira performing on stage, wearing a sparkling outfit with a microphone in hand

“There were so many pieces of my life that crumbled in front of my eyes, and I had to rebuild myself in a way, picking up the bones from the floor and putting them all together. And the glue that kept it all together was music,” she added.

What’s more, Shakira outright addressed speculation that some of her upcoming lyrics are about Gerard. Per the Times, one of her soon-to-be-released tracks, named “Ultima (Last),” features the line: “Surely with time you'll regret it / And someday you'll want to come back to my door.”

Shakira posing at an event, wearing a glittery top with a chic hairstyle

And when asked if this was about Gerard, Shakira purportedly replied: “Voldemort, that one that shouldn't be mentioned? It's hopefully the last song that I will write about this, and to him.”

Closeup of Gerard Piqué and Shakira at an event

“I felt that there was still something there, stuck in my throat, and I needed to get it out,” she added.

You can read Shakira’s full interview here. Her album will be released later this week, on March 22.

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