Shakira’s Double Heartbreak: How She Learned of Piqué’s Cheating While Her Dad Was Fighting for His Life

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Shakira has been through a lot in the past year. Not only did she end her decade-long relationship with Gerard Piqué, but she also had to cope with her father’s serious health issues. The Colombian singer revealed in a candid interview with People en Español how she discovered Piqué’s “betrayal” while her dad was in the ICU.

Shakira and Piqué met in 2010 during the World Cup and fell in love. They welcomed two sons, Milan and Sasha, and seemed to have a happy family. However, things took a turn for the worse in 2022, when rumors of Piqué’s infidelity surfaced. The soccer star was reportedly dating Clara Chia Marti, a Spanish model and influencer.

Shakira confirmed their split in June 2022, saying that she was “consumed with sadness” and that she had put up with “so much crap” from Piqué. But what made it even harder for her was that she was also dealing with her father’s critical condition.

Shakira’s father, William Mebarak Chadid, is 91 years old and has been battling several health problems. He contracted COVID-19, suffered two accidents, one pneumonia and five surgeries in less than six months. He was in the ICU when Shakira found out through the press that Piqué had “betrayed” her.

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“He went to Barcelona to console me after I was consumed with sadness because of my separation,” Shakira told People en Español of her father. “Everything happened at once. My home was falling apart. I was finding out through the press that I had been betrayed while my dad was in the ICU.”

Shakira said she felt like she couldn’t survive and that she wished her “best friend” — her father — could be there for her when she needed him the most. She also praised his resilience and his love for her mother, Nidia Ripoll Torrado, whom he has been married to for over 50 years.

“They have both been a reflection of that dream that didn’t come true for me. But I hope they are role models for my kids,” Shakira said of her parents.

Shakira has since moved to Miami, where she is working on new music and focusing on her children. She has also sparked romance rumors with Tom Cruise and Lewis Hamilton, but has not confirmed any relationship.

Piqué, on the other hand, has been flaunting his new girlfriend on social media and has said he is “happy” and “not apologizing” for his actions.

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