Shakira talked about the end of her love affair with Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, asking for respect for the privacy of their children, 9-year-old Milan and 7-year-old Sasha. In a lengthy interview with Elle magazine, she says, "I have paparazzi camping outside my house, 24/7, and there's nowhere I can hide from them with my kids, at my own home leaves.
I tried to hide the situation from my children. I try to protect them, because this is the number one mission in my life. But then they hear things at school from their friends or they come across nasty and unpleasant news online and this strikes them.
Honestly, the representation in the local press here in Spain was so difficult to watch. And invasive for my children. It's just a total circus and everyone is speculating on all these aspects of our life and most importantly of our children, and a lot is not even true.
Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel for each other as former partners, he is the father of my children. We have a job to do for these two amazing guys and I am confident that we will find out what is best for their future, their dreams in life and what is a fair solution for everyone involved.
And I would appreciate if we were given the space to do it in private. Since the birth of my children we have settled in Barcelona to give them stability and to allow Pique to continue his career. This is the darkest hour I have ever experienced, my children do not deserve to feel observed or watched every second, photographed at the exit of the school or followed by the paparazzi.
They deserve a normal life. It was incredibly difficult. It's hard to talk about especially because I'm still going through it, because they're in the public eye, and because our separation isn't like regular separation.
One of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice. And I did. I put my career in second gear and came to Spain so that I could play football and win titles. And it was a sacrifice of love. We women have this resilience that is innate in all of us."