Former The Voice coach and Latin music superstar Shakira has been candid about splitting from longtime partner Gerard Pique, which she described as “one of the most difficult and darkest hours” in a September 2022 interview with ELLE [her] Life.”
In June 2022, Shakira and soccer star Gerard Pique, with whom she has two sons, announced their separation. Now, Shakira has spoken out about the breakup, telling ELLE it “really needs to talk about it.”
“It’s really hard to talk about this personally, especially as this is the first time I’ve addressed this situation in an interview,” the singer said. “I stayed still and tried to process everything. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about, especially because I’m still going through it and because I’m in the public eye and because our breakup isn’t like a normal breakup. And so it was not only hard for me, but also for my children. Incredibly difficult.”
She went on to say that her dreams of “having a family forever” have been shattered and it feels like a bad dream that she wants to wake up from.
“[S]Sometimes I feel like this is all just a bad dream and that I’ll wake up someday. But no, it’s real. And what’s also real is the disappointment of seeing something as sacred and special as I thought the relationship I had with my children’s father was, and seeing it morphed into something vulgarized and belittled by the media said the singer, adding, “For those women like me who believe in values like family, who had the dream, the big dream of having a family forever, to see that dream broken or torn to pieces , is probably one of the most painful things you can ever go through.”
Shakira also told ELLE that she primarily bypasses her feelings by channeling them into new music.
“I think writing music is like going to a psychiatrist, only cheaper [laughs]’ said the singer. “It just helps me process my emotions and make sense of them. And it helps me heal. I think it’s the best medicine and along with the love of my family and kids that keeps me going, music and writing music is definitely one of those tools – one of the few tools I have to help me in extreme conditions to survive.”
She went on to say that after all these tumultuous times, she has “so many things to say” through her music and that the days she immersed herself in her music made her feel “revived and invigorated.”
“I am so grateful for my work, the opportunity it gives us to sit back together and see who we are and why we are here on this planet – which is our purpose, our mission. I think you can find that reconstructive power in any kind of work,” Shakira said, adding, “I feel like music brought light to this moment in my life, which is probably one of the most difficult and darkest hours of my life Has .”
For his part, Pique has remained mostly mum even through the split, although he issued a statement in early September 2022 about the paparazzi harassing the sons he and Shakira share, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. He has also started dating himself to date a woman named Clara Chia Marti, according to the Daily Mail.
After photos of Pique with his new girlfriend surfaced, a source told Us Weekly that Shakira was “heartbroken” to see him move on.
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