Gerard PiquÃ© is “very happy” â and not apologizing â after his and Shakira’s breakup last year.
“I keep doing what I want,” the former professional soccer player told El Pais on Sunday.
“The day I die, I will look back and hope I have always done what I wanted,” he explained over the weekend. “I want to be faithful to myself.
“I’m not going to spend money cleaning up my image,” the 36-year-old continued. “There have been changes in my life and I have known how to preserve happiness.”
PiquÃ© added that he is currently “focused on … protecting” sons Milan, 10, and Sasha, 8.
“Everyone has their responsibility to try to do what is best for their children,” the athlete said.
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PiquÃ© waited nine months to break his silence, with news breaking in June 2022 that he and Shakira, 46, called it quits after his alleged infidelity left the singer “devastated.”
PiquÃ© didn’t go Instagram-official with his girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti, until January of the following year.
As for Shakira, the songwriter first spoke about the breakup in a September 2022 Elle interview, calling it “incredibly difficult” on their children.
“Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about each other as ex-partners, he is the father of my children,” she noted at the time.
Shakira explained, “We have a job to do for these two incredible boys, and I have faith that we will figure out what is best for their future, their own dreams in life, and what is a fair solution for everyone involved.”
The Grammy winner has since shaded PiquÃ© and his 24-year-old girlfriend in multiple songs, including “TQG” and “BZRP Music Session #53.”
In the former, Shakira sings about becoming “triple M” â “much hotter, much tougher [and] much lighter” â without PiquÃ© in her life.
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