After 11 years of marriage, Shakira and her longtime companion Gerard Piqué have decided to part ways.
On June 4, the Spanish soccer star and the Colombian singer jointly announced the news. Shakira and Piqué wrote, “We regret to confirm that we are parting,” according to People. “At this time, we ask for privacy because our children’s safety is our top priority. I appreciate your consideration and respect in advance.
On the set of Shakira’s music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which served as the FIFA World Cup 2010’s anthem, Shakira and Piqué became friends. By posting a picture of herself with Piqué on Facebook in March 2011, Shakira made their relationship official.
She captioned the picture in Spanish, “Les presento a mi sol,” which translates to “I present to you my sunshine.”
The couple’s first child, Milan, who is now nine years old, was born in January 2013. The birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, the couple’s first child, was announced on Shakira’s website at the time, according to People. He was born on January 22 at 9:36 p.m. in Barcelona, Spain.
The name Milan (pronounced MEE-Lahn) has Slavic roots that indicate beloved, loving, and graceful; ancient Roman roots that imply eagerness and diligence; and Sanskrit roots that mean unification. Milan was born a member of FC Barcelona, much like his father.
They announced the birth of their second son, Sasha, in 2015, almost exactly two years later. Sasha Piqué Mebarak, the son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, was born on January 29 at 9:54 p.m. in Barcelona, according to a statement on her website.
The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian origin and means “fighter” and “defender of mankind.”
Shakira acknowledged in February that she and Piqué occasionally “fought” over their opposing punctuality philosophies. Whatever you want to call him—my poor husband, lover, or baby daddy—he has to wait up all night for me.
According to People, she remarked on the Planet Weirdo With Holly H podcast that “he’s bored of waiting up late.” “Because Spanish time, Catalan time, and Colombian time are not the same.”
I’ve gotten a lot more punctual since I met him, she continued. But when we genuinely argue, it’s because I’m running late and he’s waiting up.