(CNN Spanish) — Shakira broke the silence and referred for the first time to what she has experienced after the separation from Gerard Piqué this year. It has not been an easy stage for the Colombian singer, because she is also being investigated by the Spanish treasury.
These are Shakira’s most notorious phrases about this moment in her life, according to the interview with ELLE Spain magazine:
Shakira said the separation process has been “incredibly difficult”
“I have paparazzi camping out in front of my house, 24/7. And there’s nowhere I can hide from them with my kids, except in my own house. You know, we can’t go for a walk in the park like a normal family or go to have an ice cream or do any activity without the photographers following us,” he said.
The Colombian stressed that she has tried to hide the situation from her children to protect them. However, she said, “at school they hear things from their friends or come across unpleasant news on the internet, and it just affects them.”
Shakira and Piqué met in 2010, months before the World Cup in South Africa, where she was the interpreter of “Waka Waka”, the official song of the World Cup that year, and he was one of the star players of the Spanish team. .
“Sometimes I feel like this is all a bad dream and that I’m going to wake up at some point. But no, it’s real.”
Shakira has criticized the handling that has been given to the separation and said that her relationship with Piqué was vulgarized in the media, something that affects her children: Milan, born in 2013, and Sasha, born in 2015. The separation “It has been difficult not only for me, but also for my children,” he said.
“It’s really upsetting for two kids who are trying to process their parents’ separation.”
“And what’s also real is the disappointment to see how something as sacred and as special as I thought the relationship I had with the father of my children has been vulgarized and cheapened by the media,” Shakira said.
“Probably the darkest stage of my life”
Shakira said that this year has been perhaps the most difficult because she faces a case for alleged tax fraud in the Spanish Justice, which asks for more than 8 years in prison.
Shakira failed to reach an agreement with the Spanish prosecutor’s office on charges of tax evasion, and will go to trial insisting on her innocence.
In July 2021, a judge at a court near Barcelona ruled that the Colombian singer could stand trial for allegedly evading 14.5 million euros ($17 million) of tax evasion in Spain. In a ruling obtained by CNN, the investigating judge said there is “sufficient evidence” to hold a trial for Shakira’s alleged tax evasion during the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Judge Marco Jesús Juberías argued that Shakira lived more than 200 days in Spain in each of those three years, which makes her obliged to pay taxes in the country.
At the time, Spanish media reported that Shakira’s team argued that her primary residence was in the Bahamas. But local media reported that she has a house in the Barcelona area with Piqué. Piqué and Shakira, who have two children together, announced their separation last month.
The judge argued that Shakira and a financial adviser, also named in the ruling, used a series of companies in offshore tax havens to try to hide the origin of their income during those years.
The singer denies all the accusations and told ELLE that going to trial is “a matter of principle.”
In addition, his father has recently suffered falls that caused a bruise and fractures. The separation from Piqué, with whom she had a 12-year relationship, only adds to a complicated stage.
“I need to be an example for my children”
Shakira did not give the reason for the separation but assured that Piqué would continue to be the father of her children.
“I think women are resilient. You know, we have this resilience that’s innate (…). So you ask me how I manage this. I manage, I guess, reminding myself that I need to be an example for my children, that I need to be what they want me to be, and what I want them to become,” Shakira said.
The artist from Barranquilla affirmed that her family, friends and colleagues, as well as music, have been a great support for her at this stage.
“I already have a complete album that excites me a lot”
Shakira said that she already has a new album with collaborations with other artists and themes of various genres.
“Yes, I already have a complete album that excites me a lot. And some songs you will hear imminently, some are collaborations. Some are in English and others in Spanish, different genres.”
“When I felt that I lacked the strength, as if I had no legs, those days I wrote songs, and I felt that I revived and came out stronger,” she told ELLE Spain.
With information from Rocío Muñoz-Ledo, Claudia Rebaza, Al Goodman and Kelly Murray