Shakira opens up about ‘difficult’ split from Gerard Piqué

Three months after announcing her split from soccer star Gerard Piqué, Shakira opens up about how the dissolution of her 11-year marriage has affected her. In a September interview with Elle, the superstar became vulnerable about her kids, her relationship and how she’s moving forward after one of the “most difficult” years of her life. “It’s really hard to talk about this personally, especially as this is the first time I’ve addressed this situation in an interview,” she told the outlet. “It was not only hard for me, but also for my children. Incredibly difficult. I have paparazzi camping outside my house 24/7.”

Shakira shares two children with her ex Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. She explained: “We can’t walk in the park like a normal family or go for ice cream or do anything without paparazzi following us. So it’s hard. And I tried to hide the situation from my children. I try to do it and protect her because that is my number one mission in life. But then they hear things at school from their friends or they come across uncomfortable, uncomfortable news on the internet and they’re affected, you know?”

“Sometimes I feel like this is all just a bad dream and that eventually I’ll wake up.”

Shakira also said she’s just trying to get through everything as privately as possible. “I stayed calm and tried to process everything,” she noted. “And yes, it’s hard to talk about, mostly 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.”

The singer added that she has a strong support system of trusted friends who drop by her from time to time, but what she really needs right now is space. “Sometimes I feel like this is all just a bad dream and that eventually I’m going to wake up,” she admitted. “But no, it’s real. And what’s also real is the disappointment of seeing something as sacred and special as I thought was the relationship I had with my children’s father and seeing it morphed into something vulgarized and belittled by the media transformed.”

Shakira has a lot on her plate. Alongside their split, the singer is also supporting her father, who has spent much of the past year in intensive care, and she is currently facing charges of tax fraud by the Spanish government, which she staunchly denies. “Like I said, this is probably the darkest hour of my life. But then I think of all these women around the world who are going through difficulties, going through a situation that is as bad as mine or as difficult as mine or worse. ” She said. “For women like me, who believe in values ​​like family, who had the dream, the big dream, of having a family forever, it’s probably one of the most painful things you can ever go through to see, how that dream will be shattered or torn to pieces.”

Still, Shakira doesn’t want to go down without a fight. “I think we women are resilient,” she adds. “So you’re asking me how I can do it. And I just get through it, I think, reminding myself that I have to become a role model for my children, that I have to be what they want, what I want them to be. And I also want to be there for all the people who have shown me their love and support. That’s my greatest strength. It’s my strongest engine at the moment.”

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