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Shakira claims she ‘put her career on hold’ for ex Gerard Piqué

Shakira has revealed "there was a lot of sacrifice for love" in her 11-year relationship with Gerard Piqué.

The Hips Don't Lie singer, 47, has spoken out about what she gave up during her time with football player Gerard Piqué, 37.

"For a long time I put my career on hold, to be next to Gerard, so he could play football,” she told The Sunday Times. "There was a lot of sacrifice for love."

The couple have two sons together, Milan, 11, and Sasha, nine. They announced their split in 2022 after 11 years together.

"My priority was my home, my family. I believed in ’till death do us part.’ I believed that dream,” Shakira told Billboard last year. "My parents have been together, I don’t know, 50 years, and they love each other like the first day, with a love that’s unique and unrepeatable, so I know it’s possible. It’s what I wanted for myself and my children, but it didn’t happen.”

Gerard has refused to speak publicly about the split, telling Spanish press, "Everyone has their responsibility to do what’s best for their kids. It’s about protecting them. That’s the job of all parents with their kids. That’s what I’m focused on and that’s my role as a father.”

Shakira's first album in seven years, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran (Women Don’t Cry Anymore), is set to be released on 22 March.