Shakira and Gerard Pique relationship timeline as he debuts girlfriend

Making a woman go mad: Inside Shakira’s 12-YEAR relationship with ex Gerard Pique – from falling in love on music video set to bitter allegations of cheating – as he leaves singer ‘very angry’ by debuting new romance with student girlfriend

  • Just three months after news hit the web that Shakira and her boyfriend of nearly 12 years, Gerard, had split, the Spanish soccer player went public with his new PR student girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti, 23
  • Shakira, 45, and Gerard first met in 2010, and were together for more than a decade, however, they never tied the knot as the Hips Don’t Lie songstress openly admitted that she was not interested in marrying him
  • But that didn’t stop the couple from starting a family together. They welcomed two kids together over the years – two sons named Milan, now nine, and Sasha, now seven
  • Their romance came to sudden halt in June when rumors emerged that Gerard had cheated on the musician. Days later, the pair confirmed they had split and asked for people to ‘respect their privacy’ 
  • As Gerard moves on with a new woman, FEMAIL has taken a look back at the rise and fall of his relationship with Shakira, as well as the numerous ups and downs they faced throughout their 12-year romance
  • From how they met and when they started dating to why they decided not to become husband and wife and what ultimately went wrong, here’s a complete recap of Shakira and Gerard’s love story 

Just three months after news hit the web that Shakira and her boyfriend of nearly 12 years, Gerard Piqué had split, the Spanish soccer player went public with his new PR student girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti, which has reportedly left the singer ‘very angry.’

Images of Gerard, 35, passionately kissing his new love interest, 23, were shared by the Spanish media outlet Socialite – which were taken at the Summerfest Cerdanya festival in Catalonia over the weekend.

Shakira, 45, and Gerard first met in 2010, and were together for more than a decade, however, they never tied the knot as the Hips Don’t Lie songstress openly admitted that she was not interested in marrying him.

But that didn’t stop the couple from starting a family together. They welcomed two kids together over the years – two sons named Milan, now nine, and Sasha, now seven – however, their romance came to sudden halt in June when rumors emerged that Gerard had cheated on the musician.

Days later, the pair confirmed that they had split and asked for people to ‘respect their privacy’ for the ‘well-being of their children, who are their highest priority.’

Just three months after news hit the web that Shakira and her boyfriend of nearly 12 years, Gerard Piqué had split, the Spanish soccer player went public with his new PR student girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti. Shakira and Gerard are seen in 2017

Images of Gerard, 35, passionately kissing his new love interest, 23, were shared by the Spanish media outlet Socialite – which were taken at the Summerfest Cerdanya festival in Catalonia over the weekend

Shakira, 45, and Gerard first met in 2010, and were together for more than a decade. They welcomed two kids together over the years – two sons named Milan, now nine, and Sasha, now seven. They are pictured above with their children in 2019

Their romance came to sudden halt in June when rumors emerged that Gerard had cheated on Shakira. Days later, the pair (seen in 2014) confirmed that they had split and asked for people to ‘respect their privacy’ for the ‘well-being of their children’

According to Spanish newspaper El Periodico, the former couple were trying to remain friends for the sake of their two sons, despite their relationship being strained – but now that the athlete has been seen smooching someone new, Shakira is reportedly not happy with her ex. 

As Gerard moves on with a new woman, FEMAIL has taken a look back at the rise and fall of his relationship with Shakira. From how they met and when they started dating to why they decided not to become husband and wife and what ultimately went wrong, here’s a complete recap of Shakira and Gerard’s 12-year love story. They are seen in 2016

Socialite claimed that she is ‘very angry at seeing the father of her children with his girlfriend in public,’ especially since they reportedly had a pact in which they would not appear in public with their new partners during the first year since the breakup. 

Clara is thought to work for Gerard at his company Kosmos, in the public relations office, with a source telling The Sun of his budding romance: ‘Gerard and Clara have been seeing each other for months. She is a student who also works for him in his office, organizing events.

‘They have been keeping quiet about their relationship but those around them all know what is happening. People have been helping him keep the romance hush-hush and have wiped Clara’s social media accounts so people can’t find photos of her. That alone makes his mates think he is actually quite serious about being with her.’

As Gerard moves on with a new woman, FEMAIL has taken a look back at the rise and fall of his relationship with Shakira, as well as the numerous ups and downs they faced throughout their 12-year romance.

From how they met and when they started dating to why they decided not to become husband and wife and what ultimately went wrong, here’s a complete recap of Shakira and Gerard’s love story. 

Where it all started: How the couple fell in love after he starred in her Waka Waka music video

The couple first met 12 years ago – in 2010 – after he starred in the music video for her song Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), with Shakira later explaining that she thought he was ‘cute’ after watching it back. He is seen in the video


The sports star, who plays for La Liga club Barcelona, then became dedicated to winning his soccer matches so that his team could make it to the World Cup in South Africa, where she was set to perform. They are both seen at the 2010 World Cup

The couple first met 12 years ago – in 2010 – after he starred in the music video for her song Waka Waka (This Time For Africa).

While they didn’t talk much on set, the singer later recalled finding him ‘cute’ after she watched the video back.

‘I wasn’t a soccer fan, so I didn’t know who he was. But when I saw the [Waka Waka] video, I was like, “Hmm. That one’s kind of cute,” she said on 60 Minutes. ‘And then someone decided to introduce us.’ 

The two started messaging and soon hit it off, but Shakira was so busy that Gerard remembered struggling to find time in her busy schedule for them to hang out. 

The sports star, who plays for La Liga club Barcelona, then became dedicated to winning his soccer matches so that his team could make it to the World Cup in South Africa, where she was set to perform.

Soon after that, they started dating – however, it wasn’t until 2011 that the two shared their romance with the world. At the time, Shakira posted a loved-up selfie with Gerard, which she captioned, ‘I present my sun to you’


The pair was then spotted kissing at the La Liga match between Barcelona and CA Osasuna in April 2011 (left), and he even joined her on stage at her concert in Barcelona, Spain, that May, alongside some other Barca soccer players (right)

He told TV3, ‘It got to the point where I told her we would have to get to the World Cup final to see her again — she was singing at the final.’

Gerard explained that before he headed to the country, he asked her about the weather there, and was surprised by her response. 

He continued, ‘It is the typical stupid question, and the normal answer is to tell me to bring a jacket. But she started telling me what the weather was like in every single moment [from her trip].’ 

Soon after that, they started dating – however, for the first year of their romance, they kept it a secret from the world; and it wasn’t until 2011 that the two shared their love with the public.

Then, they made their red carpet debut in January 2012, when they attended the FIFA Ballon D’Or Awards in Zurich, Switzerland, side by side (pictured)

She later opened up about how meeting Gerard helped restore her faith, explaining to Elle, ‘I had lost my faith for a while. And suddenly I meet Gerard and the sun comes out.’ The couple is seen in April 2013

At the time, Shakira posted a loved-up selfie with Gerard, which she captioned, ‘I present my sun to you.’ 

The pair was then spotted kissing at the La Liga match between Barcelona and CA Osasuna in April 2011, and he even joined her on stage at her concert in Barcelona, Spain, that May, alongside other Barca soccer players.

Then, they made their red carpet debut in January 2012, when they attended the FIFA Ballon D’Or Awards in Zurich, Switzerland, side by side.

She later opened up about how meeting Gerard helped restore her faith, explaining to Elle, ‘I think, if you can prove the existence of God, it can only be proven through love. 

‘I even had lost my faith for a while. I was becoming as agnostic. And it was really hard, because I was always very religious, and for a few years, maybe because – it sounds so corny – I was not feeling the love like it was supposed to be, I started to think that there was no God. And suddenly I meet Gerard and the sun comes out.’

Expanding their brood: Why the couple, who welcomed two sons together, decided not to get married

In November of that year, the singer announced that they were expecting their first child together, while sharing a snap of her and her beau cuddling. She wrote: ‘I could have another nine months like this’

She also gushed on her website, ‘As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At the time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives.’ She is seen in 2013

Their first child, a baby boy named Milan Piqué Mebarak, was born on January 22, 2013. Shakira is seen while nine months pregnant, on January 14, 2013


On her blog, the singer explained that his name meant ‘dear, loving, and gracious’ in Slavic, while in Ancient Roman, on the other hand, it translates to ‘eager and laborious.’ The couple is seen with Milan in 2015

In November of that year, the singer announced that they were expecting their first child together, while sharing a snap of her and her beau cuddling. She wrote: ‘I could have another nine months like this.’

By 2014, the couple was already thinking about having more children together, however, the pop star explained that due to her busy career, she wasn’t sure it was the right time for them. They are seen together in 2014

She also gushed on her website, ‘As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At the time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives.’ 

Their first child, a baby boy named Milan Piqué Mebarak, was born on January 22, 2013. On her blog, Shakira explained that his name meant ‘dear, loving, and gracious’ in Slavic, while in Ancient Roman, on the other hand, it translates to ‘eager and laborious;’ in Sanskrit, the moniker stands for ‘unification.’

By 2014, the couple was already thinking about having more children together, however, the pop star explained that due to her busy career, she wasn’t sure it was the right time for them. 

‘If it weren’t because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already [with a second child]. I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard – my own [soccer] team,’ she gushed to Latina magazine.

‘When you have a baby, when you feel his love, you feel so at peace with the world. You just want to share the good news and share how happy you feel.’

She added of Gerard, ‘He is with me because he wants to be with Shakira the person, not the celebrity. There’s real love, there’s no ulterior motives. And I’m with him because he’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met. 

‘If it weren’t because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already [with a second child]. I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard – my own [soccer] team,’ she gushed to Latina magazine. The pair is seen in 2014

She added of Gerard, ‘He is with me because he wants to be with Shakira the person, not the celebrity. He’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met. I have never been with someone so passionate in my life.’ The couple is seen in 2015

‘We want the same things, we like the same things, we hate the same things. I have never been with someone so passionate in my life.’

Around the same time, she explained to Glamour that marrying her beau was not a priority for her, since they already have a ‘union’ and ‘love for each other.’

‘We already have what’s essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other, and a baby,’ she stated. ‘I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them. But if I’m ever going to get married, he’s the one.’ 

In April 2014, the couple received some backlash after Shakira told Billboard that Gerard was ‘territorial’ when it came to her working with other men. 

Gerard soon started to get some hate for it online, but she took to Facebook to defend her beau, explaining that she was ‘being humorous’ and that ‘jealousy has never been an issue’ in their relationship.

Around the same time, she explained to Glamour that marrying her beau was not a priority for her, since they already have a ‘union’ and ‘love for each other.’ They are seen in 2015

On January 29, 2015, the couple expanded their family once again when they welcomed their second son, Sasha Piqué Mebarak

‘Some press took it very literally,’ she wrote. ‘The reality is, we have a beautiful relationship of mutual trust, and jealousy has never been an issue on either side.’ 

On January 29, 2015, the couple expanded their family once again when they welcomed their second son, Sasha Piqué Mebarak.

‘The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means “defender of mankind” and “warrior,”‘ she explained on Instagram after his birth. 

In 2017, Shakira debuted a song dedicated to Gerard called Me Enamoré, which translates to I Fell in Love. 

‘My life began to change the night I met you,’ the lyrics read. ‘With you I would have 10 children. Let’s start with a couple. I’m just telling you in case you want to practice.’

Where it all went wrong: What ultimately lead to their breakup

In January 2020, the artist (seen in 2016) admitted that despite being with Gerard for 10 years, she still wasn’t ready for marriage. She said, ‘I don’t want him to see me as the wife. I’d rather him see me as his girlfriend’

In January 2020, during an interview with 60 Minutes, the artist admitted that despite being with Gerard for 10 years, she still wasn’t ready for marriage.

Last November, the mom-of-two opened up about the difference between her and Gerard’s parenting styles, explaining that they are ‘complete opposites’ when it comes to their fears about their children. The family is seen in 2016

‘I don’t want him to see me as the wife. I’d rather him see me as his girlfriend,’ she told the outlet.

And last November, the mom-of-two opened up about the difference between her and Gerard’s parenting styles, explaining that they are ‘complete opposites’ when it comes to their fears about their children.

‘I think asking questions is the most ingenious way to discover the truth — if there is any truth to things. There can be many truths, like two sides of a coin. I often try to apply that to the upbringing of my kids,’ she said to Cosmopolitan.

‘That’s when having a partner who’s completely opposite in that sense comes in handy. My mind never stops. I dream about my kids. I worry about them constantly.

‘I torture my poor husband. Well, he’s not really my – I don’t know what to call him! He’s my baby daddy. I torture him about every issue I see with my kids.’

By February 2022, it seemed like there was trouble in paradise, as Shakira admitted on the Planet Weirdo with Holly H podcast that her husband was ‘tired of waiting up’ for her since she was often ‘late,’ which sometimes resulted in them fighting.

‘My poor husband, slash boyfriend, slash baby daddy, whatever you want to call him, he has to wait up for me so long. He’s tired of waiting up,’ she revealed. 

News hit the web that Gerard was allegedly having an affair in June 2022, and while the two stars never spoke out about the allegations, they confirmed that they had gone their separate ways days later. They are seen together in 2019

Spanish outlet El Periodico reported that the couple had been living separately for a few weeks, after Gerard was kicked out of the family home by the pop star due to infidelity. They are seen in February

‘I’ve become a lot more punctual since I met him. [But] the times that we actually fight is because I’m late and he’s waiting up.’

News hit the web that Gerard was allegedly having an affair in June 2022, and while the two stars never spoke out about the allegations, they confirmed that they had gone their separate ways days later.

‘We regret to confirm that we are separating,’ they said in a joint statement. ‘For the wellbeing of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy.’

Spanish outlet El Periodico reported that the couple had been living separately for a few weeks, after Gerard was kicked out of the family home by the pop star due to infidelity. 

According to sources, the sports star has since been living a ‘party lifestyle’ in a bachelor pad, while enjoying nights out with his teammates. 

The split comes after it was announced that Shakira could face up to eight years in prison for tax fraud. The singer has been accused of pretending on tax documents to live abroad from 2012 to 2014, when she was actually a resident of Spain, authorities from the country claim. 

The Colombian superstar has already repaid the $15.5 million she is accused of evading on Spanish taxes, as well as over $3 million in interest. 

Shakira is said to be planning to leave the country trying to jail her, and eyeing a permanent move to Miami. 

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