Shakira and her boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa, with whom the Colombian singer has a relationship of almost 11 years, decided to split, announced the Spanish newspaper El Pais, quoting sources from the artist’s entourage.
“During our almost 11 years together we have loved each other deeply, taken care of each other and stood by one another. They have been the most wonderful years of our lives, and thanks to that love and the respect that we share for one another we have been an exceptional couple and partners,” announced Shakira and Antonio on Shakira.com.
“However, since August 2010, we made a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship. Throughout this time we have continued to work together hand in hand, have remained close and have kept the details absolutely private until now.”
“We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives.”
“Antonio continues to oversee and conduct my business and career interests as he has always done. We move forward as partners, developing projects together, working hand in hand and in close communication. Our friendship and understanding of one another is unwavering and indestructible.”
“We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives,” they added.
Antonio de la Rúa, the son of the former president Fernando de la Rua (Argentine), who occupied this position in 1999-2001, is also Shakira’s agent.
El Pais described, however, rumors about the problems faced by the couple Shakira-Antonio de la Rua, in recent months.
“Their problems have intensified in mid-December, when her name was associated with footballer Gerard Piqué, legitimized the club FC Barcelona.” Back then, Shakira – who lives for a few months in Barcelona, has denied having a relationship with the Spanish soccer player.
According to the same journal, Gerard Pique plays in the video song performed by Shakira, “Waka Waka”, designated the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which the Colombian artist interpreted together with South African pop group Freslyground.
In June and July 2010, Gerard Pique was also present at the competition in South Africa, where Spain – his team – won the world title.