Shakira and Piqué: a love that overcame barriers and bears the marks of destiny

Shakira and Gerard Pique

This February 2 is not another date for Shakira nor for the footballer Gerard Piqué. Due to those twists of fate, of life or who knows what, the two have the same birthday, as if it were a mark of fate, the one that had questions and coincidences like these prepared for them, for example. In the case of the Colombian singer, he is blowing out 45 candles, while he reached 35.

The singer was born in 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Art and everything related to the path she chose she began to travel from a very young age. At four she had already created the crystal rose, his first poem. Her father put his own stories on a typewriter and she grew up watching it. At the age of seven, the girl asked for a machine for Christmas just like her father’s to start with the texts that came from her imagination.

At that time he began to sing. She was the exclusive artist for her birthday: at each celebration she set up a stage that she climbed on to give a recital in front of family and friends. In 1988 she had her television debut on the reality show Looking for the child artista contest he won for three consecutive years.

A year before that television premiere, a boy named Gerard appeared to the world in Barcelona, the same day that little Shakira sang in front of her family when she turned 10.

The first public kiss of Shakira and Gerard Piqué
The first public kiss of Shakira and Gerard Piqué

They were separated by the more than 8,000 kilometers between Colombia and Spain. And the very different careers that they decided to undertake, although both were achieved by world fame. In addition, they were growing in totally uneven stages. In 1997, when he was just 10 years old, Gerard began to take his first steps in the lower divisions of the boat, a club in which he still plays. By then, Shakira was already quite a figure.

While the then anonymous teenager dreamed of debuting in the first team, in the other corner of the world she, already in her twenties, edited Where are the thieves?, his second studio album, his catapult to fame. He sold more than 10 million records worldwide and songs like “You”, “Blind, deaf-speechless”, “Inevitable” Y “Eyes like that” They quickly climbed -and positioned themselves very high- in the different musical rankings.

In 2004 the Spaniard made his debut for Barcelona. He achieved his great desire to get to the place he set out for. That was the beginning of a great career that he is still developing. On the other hand, for that year the artist conquered Europe and then released a DVD with the details of the tour. Prizes and records were already common currency. As for her private life, her heart was occupied Antonito of the Ruathe son of the former Argentine president Antonio de la Rua.

Gerard Piqué and Shakira, pregnant with their first child
Gerard Piqué and Shakira, pregnant with their first child

At this stage the Spanish footballer grew hand in hand with a Barcelona sparkly. In 2009, the technician Vincent del Boque he summoned him to be part of the Spanish National Team. That step was more than important so that what seemed impossible began to take shape. The wink of this romantic story. The meeting between Piqué and Shakira took place a year later, and the matchmaker was not a person but the ball.

In 2010 he played the World Cup in South Africawith the defender as a starter in the champion team, led by Andres Iniesta. The singer had been summoned to compose the official theme of the competition. The song was titled “Waka Waka” and several footballers participated in the video clip, including Piqué. Those who were on the set say that the crush was immediate.

On June 11 they crossed paths at the opening ceremony. He knew that this might be his last chance that he had to get close to her. Some time later, with the relationship established, Piqué would give details about those days: It all started when we were in South Africa and I wrote to him. She was there because she sang at the opening ceremony. I remember that I asked how the weather was”.

Shakira and Gerard Pique
Shakira and Gerard Pique

The romance did not start there, beyond the fact that they exchanged phone numbers and began to talk. At least that’s what they say, because at that time the Colombian was still in a relationship with De la Rúa. There was even another meeting at a recital in Madrid to which they arrived separately. He saw her and invited her to have a mojito. That would have been the start of everything.

Due to the difference in age, due to the successful but demanding careers of the two, with her leading her life between Colombia and the United States and him, firm in Barcelona, it was said that they would last a long time. It was even said that Shakira wanted to take advantage of the defender’s fame to position her career in Europe. That it was going to be something for a few months, and that after she had achieved her task, she would go and discard it.

And not. They kept going, adding chapters of love. A few months later they began living together in Spain and in 2012 it was Shakira who shouted from the rooftops that she was pregnant with Milan. The baby was born on January 22 of the following year and she lived that date with great emotion. Especially since they did not usually show images of her daily life, preferring to live certain experiences indoors.

The legendary defender of FC Barcelona, Gerard Piqué, spoke about the pressures that his children, along with the Colombian Shakira, must experience due to the recognition of their parents.  Photo: Networks
Shakira and Gerard Piqué with their children (Photo: Instagram)

On January 29, 2015 came Sasha, the couple’s second child. As a result of this, family photos multiplied. What was not usual began to be in social networks. Beyond the occasional crisis they faced, they managed to overcome: they make up one of the most established couples among all celebrities.

Many believe that the icing on the cake would be marriage, giving their union a legal framework, but it is not something they plan. It was the singer who approached an explanation about it. “To tell you the truth, marriage scares me… I don’t want him to see me as the wife. I’d rather she see me as her girlfriend.”. “Her lover of his, his girlfriend. It’s like a little forbidden fruit, you know? I want to keep him on his toes,” she said in an interview with 60 minutes.

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