Translated From: Shakira and Piqué split after 12 years together and weeks of rumors of…

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After weeks of rumors about their relationship, the Colombian singer Shakira and the FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué announced this Saturday their separation after 12 years together and two children.

“We regret to confirm that we are parting ways,” they said in a statement. “For the well-being of our children, who are our top priority, we ask for respect for privacy. Thank you for your understanding,” they added.

The Colombian singer and Piqué during the presentation of the album “Shakira”, on May 20, 2014 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.Manu Fernandez / AP

The 45-year-old Colombian artist and the 35-year-old soccer player began their relationship shortly after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which he won with the Spanish team and whose official song, Waka Waka, she performed.

Shakira then settled in Barcelona, ​​where her two children were born: Milan in 2013 and Sasha in 2015.

In recent weeks, rumors about their alleged separation began to sound loud and the Spanish press reported that Shakira had to be treated by an ambulance at the end of May after suffering an anxiety attack.

However, the singer herself clarified through her Twitter account that the incident involved her father, who suffered a fall and had to be taken to the hospital.

problems with justice

The separation of the couple coincides with the problems that Shakira has with the Spanish justice system.

Just a few days ago it was confirmed that the artist is one step away from going to trial for alleged tax fraud of 14.5 million euros (about 15.5 million dollars) when her appeal was rejected.

The Spanish prosecutor’s office affirms that the singer hid her income by pretending not to live in Spain. However, she argued that “with the available data it is possible to consider that the appellant was habitually resident in Spain.”

The artist’s defense ensures that Shakira’s behavior in tax matters has always been “irreproachable.”

With more than 80 million records sold, Shakira is one of the greatest references in Latin pop thanks to songs like Chantaje (with Maluma), I’m here or Loca. But aside from her, her successful crossover to the Anglo-Saxon music scene is unique in the industry. Her song Hips don’t lie (featuring Wyclef Jean) recently reached over a billion streams on Spotify.

Throughout his career he has won five Grammys and more than 20 Latin Grammys.

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