Shakira Discusses Her Split From Gerard Piqué And Tax Fraud Claims

Of the midst of her traumatic breakup from her ex-boyfriend Gerard Piqué, which she calls “the darkest hour in my life,” Shakira is finding solace in her music. In her first interview since announcing her separation from Piqué in a joint statement in June, the 45-year-old Columbian diva breaks her long silence.

Although they were never wed, the ex-couple spent 12 years together and have two children together, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7. In her latest cover story for Elle magazine, Shakira discusses negotiating the highly publicized breakup, calling it “incredibly difficult.”

The salacious headlines surrounding the breakup, she claims, have “transformed into something vulgarized and cheapened” the connection with Piqué that once felt “sacred,” calling it “probably the darkest hour of my life.”

Shakira states that her first focus is raising their children as co-parents despite her decision to remain silent about Piqué’s relationship with his current girlfriend, Clara Chia, or claims that he had an extramarital affair.

Shakira discussed her Spanish tax fraud lawsuit in the open interview. If the singer is found guilty in her anticipated tax fraud trial, Spanish prosecutors are requesting an eight years and two months in jail sentence as well as a fine of approximately $25 million, the Associated Press reported in July.

“Because I have to fight for what I believe; because these are false accusations,” Shakira says. “…I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. So as of today, I owe zero to them.”

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