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Former professional soccer player Gerard Piqué said he’s “very happy” and makes no apologies for his breakup with singer Shakira last year.
The couple was together for 11 years and share two children though they were never legally married. They announced their split in June 2022 amid rumors of Piqué cheating on Shakira. The athlete is currently dating Clara Chia Marti, the woman he was accused of cheating with.
“I keep doing what I want,” Piqué told El Pais during an interview via a translation. “The day I die, I will look back and hope I have always done what I wanted,” he added. “I want to be faithful to myself. I’m not going to spend money cleaning up my image.”
He went on, “The people that I love and care about are the ones who know me. The rest isn’t important to me. I spend my energy on being with my loved ones and giving them what I have. I’m very happy. There have been changes in my life and I have known how to preserve happiness.”
The father of two said he prioritizes his sons Milan, 10, and Sasha, 8, above everything else.
“It is about protecting them,” the 36-year-old soccer star continued. “That is the job of all parents with children. That is what I am focused on and that is my job as a father.”
Piqué made similar statements during a radio interview with a Spanish radio station on March 15: “People have a responsibility, especially those of us who are parents, to try to protect our children. I don’t want to say anything more, we each make the decisions that we think are best.”
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” he continued. “I think that in the end the only thing that matters is that my children are fine.”
Shakira recently said there’s a “special place in hell” for women who don’t support other women after Piqué posted a photo of himself with Marti on social media.
“I feel complete — because I feel like I can depend on myself and I have two kids who depend on me,” she said of moving past the infidelity scandal, saying she had to be “stronger than a lion” to endure it.
“That strength, in order for it to be real and not a façade … it needs to be the result of a great pain,” Shakira said. “Accepting that pain and tolerating the frustration because there are things in life that don’t turn out the way we want them to.”