— Shakira (@shakira) January 21, 2013
The Colombian songstress and the Spanish soccer star met at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was there playing for the Spanish national team, and she was there to sing the official song for the tournament.
The 10-year age difference — she’s 37 and he’s 27 — doesn’t seem to matter to the couple.
As Pique and his teammates take on Chile on June 18, let’s celebrate the couple.
1. They’re Not Having Sex During the World Cup
— The Sun Showbiz (@TheSunShowbiz) May 19, 2014
Shakira and Pique will not be getting it on during the duration of the soccer tournament.
In an interview with Telemundo, Shakira confirmed it, saying:
I guess you are referring to the ‘extracurricular activities.’ In that sense, sure, we need to respect what is called a concentration because, if not, it would be a distraction.
2. They Met Because of This World Cup Music Video
The pair first met while filming the music video for “Waka Waka,” which was the official World Cup song in 2010.
In the video above, we see Pique in the video at the 1:11 mark.
At the time, Pique told her, “I am going to win this World Cup so that we can see each other at the finals.”
Sure enough, he did win, and the rest is history.
Shakira told Elle, “I know he’s the one person who is with me not because of any interest other than the love that unites us.”
3. He Won’t Let Her Work With Hot Men
Shakira has said that Pique doesn’t let her work with good-looking men in music videos.
This is one of the reasons that she made the above sexy video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You” with Rihanna.
She told Billboard, “He’s very territorial, and since he no longer lets me do videos with men, well, I have to do them with women.”
It’s more than implied in our relationship that I can’t do videos like I used to. It’s out of the question — which I like, by the way. I like that he protects his turf and he values me, in a way that the only person he would ever let graze my thigh would be Rihanna.
These comments got blown up by the media, and Shakira was there to defend herself and her man.
It’s funny, when I made those comments, it was really in a lighthearted, humorous way. I was surprised to see that it was taken so seriously in the press. Gerard doesn’t tell me what to do — we discuss everything as a couple, as I imagine most partners do. We have a beautiful relationship and one of mutual trust.
4. They Have a Son
In January of 2013, the couple welcomed baby Milan.
Their little boy’s name has a special meaning, which Shakira pointed out in his birth announcement.
It means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic, and in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious. In Sanskrit, it stands for unification.
Since Shakira’s a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, they collaborated with the organization to host a virtual baby shower, which enabled people to give a gift to babies in need.
Shakira and Pique made this statement:
To celebrate the arrival of our first child, we hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts and donations.
They took the photo below for the shower.
I'm pretty sure that Shakira and her husband are the most attractive couple alive. pic.twitter.com/expKAptk8h
— KΔS (@kasidilarrimore) April 15, 2014
5. They Don’t Seem to Care About Marriage
In an interview with Primer Impacto, she said, “When you feel complete you don’t need to get married, and you don’t think about it.”
She also reiterated this fact to Glam Belleza Latina, saying:
We already have what’s essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other, and a baby. I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them. But if I’m ever going to get married, he’s the one.
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