Shakira confirms split with soccer star Pique

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FILE – Colombian singer Shakira, right, and FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique pose for the media during the presentation of their new album ‘Shakira’ in Barcelona, ​​Spain, March 20, 2014. Colombian pop star Shakira and her partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique, are parting ways. In a statement released by Shakira’s public relations company on Saturday, the couple said, “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, which is our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

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Colombian pop star Shakira and her partner, Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, are going their separate ways, the pair announced in a statement on Saturday.

“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the pair said in a statement released by Shakira’s PR firm. “For the well-being of our children, which is our top priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thanks for understanding.”

Shakira, 45, met the Barcelona defender while she was promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’. The couple have two children, Sasha and Milan.

In recent days, rumors about the end of the couple’s 11-year relationship had gripped the Spanish media, fueled by reports that Pique, 35, had left the family home in Barcelona and was living alone in the city.

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