Shakira thought her ex Gerard Piqué was her happily ever after before his cheating rumor.
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer — who announced her split from the footballer in June 2022 — spoke candidly about the end of their 11-year relationship during an interview with Billboard published Thursday.
“My priority was my home, my family. I believed in “till death do us part.” I believed in this dream and I had this dream for myself, for my children,” she told the outlet.
She and Pique share two sons, Milan, 10, and Sasha, 8.
The Colombian singer added that she hopes to have an eternal love similar to that of her parents, who have been together for 50 years.
“They love each other like the first day, with a unique and irreplaceable love,” Shakira explained. “So I know it’s possible.”
“And that’s always been my example,” she added. “This is what I wanted for myself and my children, but it didn’t happen.”
Reflecting on her former romance with Pique, the “She Wolf” singer, 46, admitted she had to put her music career on the back burner while living with the former professional athlete in Spain.
“The fact is that I was devoted to him. To the family, to him. It was very difficult for me to take care of my professional career in Barcelona,” she said.
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“I couldn’t leave my kids and go somewhere to make music outside of my home. It was hard to keep up,” Shakira added.
But since returning to Miami in May, the “Waka Waka” singer has been in the studio recording new music and planning to tour in 2024.
As for her two children, the Grammy winner revealed they are thriving away from the spotlight following their recent move to the United States.
“The media situation was hard for them [in Barcelona]. We had paparazzi at our door every day,” she explained.
“Here, they are normal children who appreciate normality, what school should be: a refuge where they can be themselves.”
Shakira and Piqué, 36, confirmed their split in a joint statement released last year.
Page Six later reported that the music superstar was “devastated” by the footballer’s alleged infidelity with his now-girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti.
The Colombian pop star reportedly discovered her ex was having an affair when she realized her jam was disappearing from their home.
Newly single Shakira has since sparked dating rumors with other famous athletes, amid Piqué’s new relationship with the 24-year-old model.
In July, she was spotted having a “low-key” dinner with Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler in London.
The “Whenever, Wherever” singer was previously linked to Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton after they were seen spending time together in Miami and Barcelona.