What she said:
“It’s like being married to a soldier, except that he doesn’t die in battle.”
Colombian pop star Shakira is frustrated that she can’t holiday and travel that often with her soccer superstar husband Gerard Pique of Barcelona.
“Gerard is anchored to Barcelona and can’t travel – they get a few days off a month, but otherwise he has to be there for his team every day pretty much, training and playing matches.
This has been a learning curve for me, because I like to travel a lot and I’m like, ‘What do you mean, you can’t go? Let’s go!’”
She added that she considers sports to be a good way to teach her sons, Milan and Sasha, the right values.
“But it’s interesting too, because I have been playing solo for all of my life and it’s very different to live with a person who has to think about his team and be mindful of them as well as of himself.
That’s why I want my kids to learn all about sports even if they don’t end up doing it professionally – the way it shapes the personality of children is just fantastic.”
“Since the kids were born, a tender side of him has come out.
He is the one who changes the diapers and he is there for them as he is here for me – we had a conversation recently where I said that I was missing my career and he said, ‘You do your thing girl, and start making music again – I am going to be there for the kids.’
He is the rock of the family and he might be 10 years younger than me but he is also 10 years wiser.
One of the things that I constantly dream about for them (sons) and pray for, is for them to grow up really close to each other and be loving brothers, because my dream is for a united family.
I also want them to inherit a passion for what they do that Gerard and I have – whatever their path in life is, I want them to love it and to have commitment to their own ideals in life.
That’s not a bad dream, is it?”
Shakira is 39.
Pique, for his part in this tender love story, says:
“I don’t know, we’ll see what happens in the future. I’d like to sample another league when I’m nearing retirement; I don’t know if that might be in the US or South America. It’d be nice for it to be Colombia for ‘Shaki’, but no one can tell what will happen in the future.”
What she really meant:
“Being a soccer player nowadays requires not just skill but discipline as well. It’s a regimented lifestyle and Gerard simply can’t give in to my travel whims.”
What she definitely didn’t:
“When an irresistible force such as me, meets an immoveable object such as you, you can bet as sure as you live, Something’s gotta give, babe, something’s gotta give.”