Shakira, 45, BREAKS SILENCE on ‘incredibly difficult’ shock split with Gerard Pique, 35


Shakira, 45, BREAKS SILENCE about ‘incredibly difficult’ shock split with Gerard Pique, 35… but dodges question about new girlfriend, 23: ‘Darkest hour of my life’

Shakira has spoken for the first time about her shock split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together, but has chosen not to talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman.

The 45-year-old Colombian singer opened up about how difficult her life was when her relationship with the 35-year-old soccer star fell apart in the cover story of Elle magazineOctober issue.

She – who shares two sons: Milan, nine, and Sasha, seven, with Pique – made her first public comments about the split, saying: “Oh, it’s really hard to talk about it in person, especially since it’s the first time I deal with this situation in an interview.

Ex-flame: Shakira has spoken for the first time about her shock split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together, but chose not to talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman as they were seen together in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2012

Ex-flame: Shakira has spoken for the first time about her shock split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together, but chose not to talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman as they were seen together in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2012

Stunning: The 45-year-old Colombian singer opened up about how difficult her life was when her relationship with the 35-year-old soccer star fell apart on the cover of Elle magazine's October issue

Stunning: The 45-year-old Colombian singer opened up about how difficult her life was when her relationship with the 35-year-old soccer star fell apart on the cover of Elle magazine’s October issue

“I kept quiet and just tried to process everything. Um, and yes, it’s hard to talk about, especially 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. And so it was difficult not only for me, but also for my children. Incredibly difficult.

She went on to say that the constant spotlight on her personal life has been hard on her family, especially since they have a hard time without being bombarded.

Shakira explained: “So it’s hard. And I tried to hide the situation from my children. I try to do it and protect them because that is my number one mission in life.

“But then they hear things at school from their friends or come across some nasty, nasty news online and it just affects them, you know?”

The now-former couple announced their split after a dozen years together in June, although it seemed Shakira didn’t want the relationship to end at the time, and with him now in a new relationship with 23-year-old PR student Clara Chia Marti, many wondered how it’s all over

Shakira was asked how she found out their long-term relationship was over, but remained tight-lipped about her ex’s new romance, saying: “I think those details are kind of too personal to share, at least at this point… everything it’s so raw and new. I can only say that I put everything I had into this relationship and my family.

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