Shakira Says Ex-Partner Gerard Big Can Play Football – Arts & Arts News

Discussing her upcoming release – and the seven-year hiatus since her last album – Shakira says her relationship with the former Barcelona footballer involved „a lot of sacrifices for love”.


Saturday 16 March 2024 22:57, UK

Shakira has said she „put career on hold” with her ex-partner Gerard Pique for a long time while he was playing football.

The Colombian popstar and former professional Spanish soccer player were together 11 years ago They announce their separation in June 2022 and have two children.

Shakira, 47, is set to release her first album in seven years – Los Mujeres Ya No Loren, which translates to Women No Longer Cry.

Reflecting on the past since she released 2017's El Dorado, she told The Times: „I put my career on hold for a long time to be next to Gerrard so he could play football.

„There was a lot of sacrifice for love.”

He said the upcoming album „turns pain into creativity, frustration into productivity, anger into curiosity and vulnerability into resilience.”

She added: „So many pieces of my life crumbled in front of my eyes and I had to rebuild myself in a way, pick up the bones from the ground and put it all together. And music was the glue that held it all together.”

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The album featured his hit single Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53, which is referred to as a „diss track” aimed at the 37-year-old former Barcelona footballer.

Another track on the album, titled Ultima (The Last), hears her singing, „Surely in time you'll regret it / Someday you'll want to come back to my door,” according to The Times.

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Asked if this was also related to Big, she replied: „Voldemort, shouldn't that be mentioned? This is the last song I'll write about this and him.”

He added: “I felt something was still stuck in my throat and I needed to get it out.

„I played it to Sony's head of marketing and he started crying. I've never seen a man cry in my studio before.”

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The singer has been battling a tax dispute in Spain for the past two years after he was accused of failing to pay 14.5 million euros (around £12.7 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.

In November, she A deal was struck with the authorities A trial was due to begin in the morning and it was agreed to pay a fine of more than £6 million.

Shakira said her lawyers were „hopeful” the court would rule in her favor after the trial, but „I decided to settle the matter early in the best interest of my children who don't want to sacrifice their mother. Personal well-being in this fight”.

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