Shakira, 45, BREAKS SILENCE on ‘incredibly difficult’ shock split from Gerard Pique, 35

Shakira, 45, BREAKS SILENCE on ‘incredibly difficult’ shock split from Gerard Pique, 35… but dodges question about his new girlfriend, 23: ‘The darkest hour of my life’

Shakira has talked for the first time about her shocking split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together but opted to not talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman.

The 45-year-old Colombian singer was candid about how difficult life has been as her relationship with the 35-year-old football star has fallen apart in the cover story for Elle magazine‘s October issue.

She – who shares two sons: nine-year-old Milan and seven-year-old Sasha with Pique – made her first public comments on the split as she said: ‘Oh, this is really hard to talk about personally, especially as this is the first time I’ve ever addressed this situation in an interview. 

Former flame: Shakira has talked for the first time about her shocking split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together but opted to not talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman, as they are seen together in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2012

Former flame: Shakira has talked for the first time about her shocking split from Gerard Pique after 12 years and two children together but opted to not talk about his new relationship with a much younger woman, as they are seen together in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2012

Stunning: The 45-year-old Colombian singer was candid about how difficult life has been as her relationship with the 35-year-old football star has fallen apart in the cover story for Elle magazine 's October issue

Stunning: The 45-year-old Colombian singer was candid about how difficult life has been as her relationship with the 35-year-old football star has fallen apart in the cover story for Elle magazine ‘s October issue

‘I’ve remained quiet and just tried to process it all. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our separation is not like a regular separation. And so it’s been tough not only for me, but also for my kids. Incredibly difficult.’

She went on to say that the constant spotlight on her personal life has been difficult for her family especially since they have a hard time without being bombarded.

Shakira explained: ‘ So it’s hard. And I’ve tried to conceal the situation in front of my kids. I try to do it and to protect them, because that’s my number one mission in life.

‘But then they hear things in school from their friends or they come across some disagreeable, unpleasant news online, and it just affects them, you know?’

The now former couple announced their split after a dozen years together back in June though it seemed like Shakira did not want the relationship to end at the time and as he already is in a new relationship with 23-year-old PR student Clara Chia Marti many had wondered how it all ended.

Shakira was asked how she came to understand that their long-term relationship was over but kept tight-lipped over her ex’s new romance as she said: ‘I think that those details are somehow too private to share, at least at this very moment—everything is so raw and new. I can only say that I put everything I had into this relationship and my family.’

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