Gerard Pique breaks his silence after split from Shakira
‘That is my job as a father’: Gerard Pique breaks his silence after split from Shakira – as he says his focus is on protecting their children
Gerard Pique has broken his silence on his split from Shakira, saying he kept quiet previously to protect their children.
The footballer, 36, spoke about his ex-girlfriend and their two sons, Milan, ten, and Sasha, eight, to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Gerard explained why he had not previously addressed the breakup after he and Shakira announced their split in June, saying it was for the protection of their kids.
He said: ‘Everyone has their responsibility to try to do what is best for their children.
‘It is about protecting them. That is the job of all parents with children. That is what I am focused on and that is my job as a father.’
Elsewhere in the chat he said he is ‘very happy’ following the dramatic changes in his life, including his split with Shakira and retirement from football.
Staying mum: Gerard Pique has broken his silence on his split from Shakira, saying he kept quiet to protect their children
Father first: The footballer, 36, spoke about his ex-girlfriend and their two sons, Milan, ten, and Sasha, eight, to Spanish newspaper El Pais
The former Barcelona defender also insisted he’s not concerned about his public image.
Gerard and his new girlfriend Clara Chia, 23, have been on the receiving end of his ex’s barbs in diss songs the Colombian beauty has released since their break-up last year.
Shakira laid into the new couple in a hit song with Argentinian DJ Bizarrap released earlier this year, comparing her to a Rolex and Clara Chia to a Casio in a series of withering put-downs.
She performed the track on the Jimmy Fallon late-night show just over a week ago before talking about her break-up with Pique, raising eyebrows by revealing her two children with the retired footballer were in the studio audience.
The former Spain international shut down a question about Shakira for the second time in less than a week, in a new interview over the weekend, repeating an answer he gave on a Spanish radio station last Tuesday by saying that he wasn’t going to talk about it because ‘he didn’t feel like it.’
Insisting he was doing ‘what he wanted’, he added: ‘The day I die, I will look behind me and I hope to have done everything I wanted.
‘I want to be true to myself. I’m not going to spend money on cleaning up my image.
‘The people I worry about and love are the ones that know me. I don’t care about the rest. I channel my energy into being with my people and giving them what I have. I am very happy.
‘There have been changes in my life and I have known how to maintain my happiness.’
Pique was recently asked on a Spanish radio show if he has heard his ex Shakira’s famous song about their bitter breakup, Marca.com reports.
The footballer was making an appearance on RAC1 when he was asked about the track No.1 TQG from Shakira which includes barbed lyrics about her ex and his new girlfriend.
New romance: Gerard said he is ‘very happy’ following the dramatic changes in his life which have included his split with Shakira, retirement from football and new romance with Clara Chia (pictured)
Split: The former couple ended their 11-year relationship in 2022 (pictured together in 2014)
Ex files: Gerard was asked on a Spanish radio show if he has heard his ex Shakira’s famous song about their bitter breakup
Diss track: Gerard admitted he has ‘obviously’ heard the track (Shakira pictured performing the song on Jimmy Fallon)
‘Yes, obviously,’ the ex-Barcelona player replied, before adding: ‘I don’t want to talk about it’.
Referring to the two children he shares with Shakira, he continued: ‘We have a responsibility, those of us who are parents must protect our children. Each one makes their decisions. I don’t feel like talking anymore. I just want my children to be well.’
‘I have always had a close relationship with my children. Nothing makes me happier than making my son happy.’
‘Each one makes the decisions that he believes are the best. I do things in a certain way, I try to do it in the best way. I am fine, happy.’
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