Shakira breaks silence on her separation from Gerard Pique

International pop icon Shakira broke her silence about her split with Spanish football player Gerard Pique. Having announced the separation in June this year, Shakira described the phase as the “darkest hour” of her life.

On Wednesday, for the first time, she “addressed this situation in an interview,” stating that she “remained quiet” as she was just trying “to process it all.”

“I’ve remained quiet and just tried to process it all. 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,” Shakira said in an interview with Elle magazine.

The singer, who is going to drop her first album in five years, has two kids with Gerard – Milan, aged nine, and Sasha, aged 7.

Sharing how the ordeal is tough on her kids too, Shakira added, “It’s been tough not only for me, but also for my kids. Incredibly difficult. I have paparazzi camping outside, in front of my house, 24/7. And there’s not a place where I can hide from them with my kids, except for my own house. You know, we can’t take a walk in the park like a regular family or go have an ice cream or do any activity without paparazzi following us. So it’s hard.”

During the interview, Shakira said she had tried to “conceal the situation” in front of her 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?” she said.

Shakira and Gerard were together for a long time and are yet to decide on the custody of the kids.