Gerard Pique & Shakira
One of the big stories during the recent international break centred on Barcelona star Gerard Pique and his pop star partner Shakira.
Rumours broke in both the Spanish and Colombian media that Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has split from pop star Shakira.
The couple have since moved quickly to refute the gossip.
Gerard Pique and Shakira, of course, have two children together: Milan, 4, and Sasha, 2.
Pique & Barcelona
At the same time, Pique positioned himself as a target of hate after he spoke out in favour of the Catalan referendum in Spain.
He was booed and jeered on international duty, while the hate continued in La Liga on Saturday night.
Atletico Madrid taunted Pique, who responded by putting his fingers in his ears.
— Movistar Minuto #0 (@MovistarMinuto0) October 14, 2017
Shakira to Mediaset
Over the weekend, Shakira has given an interview to Italian TV station Mediaset.
While not touching on the split rumours and the Catalan referendum specifically, the Colombian star opened up about Pique leaving the Camp Nou and her relationship with the Spanish international.
Shakira made the following statements:
Pique is totally loyal towards Barcelona. Most players these days are mercenaries, they come and go, but Gerard is the most loyal.
Pique’s heart beats only for Barcelona. He is grown up with Barca ideology and he has completely internalised it.
Has Pique changed me in these 6 years? Yes, definitely. I never wanted to be with a footballer, but it was fate.
Video of the interview is below.
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