Shakira is moving back to Miami, moving her family from Barcelona, Spain, to Florida after reaching a custody agreement with her ex, Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique.
The Colombian pop sensation, 45, and Piqué, 35, they announced their separation in June. They share two children, Sasha Piqué Mebarak, 7, and Milan Piqué Mebarak, 9, who will move with her next year to Florida, where a large part of the singer’s family resides. Shakira and her children have lived in Barcelona for eight years.
“We have signed a custody agreement,” the famous parents said Wednesday in a statement to The Times.
“Our only goal is to provide our children with maximum security and protection and the hope that they can continue with their lives in a safe and peaceful environment,” they said. “We appreciate that your privacy is respected.”
TMZ reported that the singer of “Whenever, Wherever” and the legal teams of the FC Barcelona defender would have reached an agreement after a 12-hour meeting. The Times has confirmed that the two signed an agreement that is “in the best interest of the children”.
The couple announced their split over the summer after being together for 12 years and amid widespread rumors that Piqué had cheated on her; however, no superstar has publicly addressed those allegations.
In September, the Grammy winner was ordered to stand trial in Spain, where she faces six counts of tax fraud. A trial date has yet to be set, but the case hinges on where the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer lived between 2012 and 2014.
In 2018, Barcelona prosecutors accused the singer, full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($13.9 million) in taxes on income earned during that two-year period. Prosecutors allege that she spent more than half of that period in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.
pop star has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and rejected a deal with authorities to avoid going to trial, the Associated Press reported in September. His public relations firm has said that he has already paid what he owed and an additional 3 million euros ($2.8 million) in interest.
Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence and a hefty fine if she is found guilty of tax evasion.
Prosecutors are looking an eight-year prison sentence and a hefty fine if convicted of tax evasion.
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After a custody agreement with Gerard Piqué, Shakira and her children move to the US.