Prior to her theraputic song releases, Shakira opened up about her shocking split in a magazine interview.
“As a soccer player, he wanted to play football and to win titles and I had to support him,” stated the “Hips Don’t Lie” vocalist. “One of the two of us had to make a sacrifice, right? Either he would stop his contract with Barcelona and move to the U.S. with me, where my career is, or I would have to do that instead.”
“So one of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice. And I did it. I put my career in second gear and I came to Spain, to support him so he could play football and win titles. And it was a sacrifice of love,” she continued of the potential breaking point in their relationship. “Thanks to that, my kids were able to have a present mom, and I have this amazing bond with them that is unbreakable and that sustains us. You know, that is it. That’s all I can say.”