Shakira spoke out: I sacrificed myself for love, and now I’m living my darkest hour

Shakira gave her first interview after all the problems that have surrounded her in recent months, which are certainly not few.

The singer, who rose to fame in 2010 after writing the song for the World Cup, must deal with her recent split from soccer player Gerard Pique, determine custody of their two sons and resolve the accusation brought against her by the Spanish prosecutor’s office for alleged tax evasion.

Although all this has to be overcome in the future, the artist does not want to lose focus on her work and is already preparing her first album after a 5-year hiatus and after several very successful singles.

The Colombian singer called the moment she is in “her darkest hour”.

Shakira and Gerard Pique were together for 11 years, they have two sons – 9-year-old Milan and 7-year-old Sasha.

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“I think music is my life raft,” she tells ELLE, where she opens up about life and is on the cover of the October issue. “There were days when I had to pick up the pieces of myself from the floor. And the only way I could do that was through music. Getting a hold of being a mom and my kids depend on me.”. She shared that it’s hard for her to talk about the breakup with Pique yet because she’s fresh and still going through it.


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“It’s been hard not only for me, but for my kids. Unbelievably hard. I have paparazzi camping outside my house 24/7. And there’s no place I can hide from them with my kids, except of my own house. You know, we can’t walk in the park like a normal family or go get ice cream or do anything without the paparazzi following us. I’ve tried to keep them from the rumors, but they hear things things from your classmates at school.

I wanted to hide the situation from them as much as possible. She is very sad for two children who are trying to survive the separation of their parents. And sometimes it just seems to me that this is all a bad dream and at some point I will wake up. But no, it’s real. And what’s also real is the disappointment I feel when I see something as sacred and special as I thought my relationship with the father of my children was turned into something vulgarized and devalued by the media. And all this while my father was in intensive care and I was struggling with various problems.


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As I have already said, this is probably the darkest hour of my life. But then I think of all those women in the world who are going through hard times, situations as bad as mine, or as hard as mine, or worse. For women like me, who believe in family values, who have dreamed of having a family for life, to see that dream shattered into pieces is one of the most painful things a person can go through. But I think we women are resilient. This resilience is innate in us.


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One of us, Gerard, had to sacrifice something. Either he terminated his contract with “Barcelona” and moved with me to the USA, where my career developed, or I had to live in Spain. So one of them had to make that effort and make that sacrifice. I did too. I put my career on the back burner and moved to Spain to support him so he could play football and win titles. And it was a sacrifice for loveShakira said.

She defended herself against accusations of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities.

“I have to fight for what I believe in because these are false accusations. First, at that time I did not spend 183 days in the year at all. I was busy with my professional commitments around the world. Second, I paid everything they claimed, that I owe even before they file a lawsuit So as of today I owe them zero“.

“Finally, I was advised by one of the four largest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one,” adds the singer.



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