POP star Shakira has revealed a major reason behind her split with ex-boyfriend Gerard Pique earlier this year.
The Colombian-born singer, 45, separated from the Barcelona and Spain defender – with whom she has two children – after 11 years together.
Pique met Shakira in 2010 on the set of her official World Cup song "Waka Waka".
Spanish media reported that Pique, 35, had been unfaithful to the "Hips Don't Lie" singer and that was the reason for their breakup.
However, breaking her silence for the first time to address the split, Shakira appeared to name another factor for the relationship coming to an end.
Speaking to the magazine Elle, she claimed that she was forced to "sacrifice" her career for the sake of Pique's, as well as so she could be with the couple's children, but that he hadn't been willing to do the same for her.
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Opening up on the "darkest time" of her life, Shakira said some of the details of the split were still "too private to share… everything is so raw and new".
She said that she had lived a "nomadic life" before her children started school, constantly travelling between Colombia, the US, and Spain.
When she and Pique's firstborn son Milan was just two months old, Shakira said she even took him to the US while she was a judge on "The Voice", breastfeeding him on set.
But when Milan started school in late 2014, she said: "My career had to be put in second gear."
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She went on: "I knew that when he started school I had to settle down, plant roots in Barcelona, and be there for him and for Gerard and then later on for Sasha as well.
"As a soccer player, he [Pique] wanted to play football and to win titles and I had to support him."
Referring to the "sacrifice", she added: "Either he [Pique] would stop his contract with Barcelona and move to the US with me, where my career is, or I would have to do that instead."
She also implied that she had been the one making the "effort" in the relationship.
"One of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice," she said. "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."
She described her actions as a "sacrifice of love".
One of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice
In the same interview, Shakira appeared to make a sly dig against "cheating" Pique when referring to a recent music video.
She released her single "Te Felicito" ("I Congratulate You") back in April.
In it, Shakira sings in Spanish: "To make you whole/ I broke myself in pieces/ I was warned, but I didn't take heed/ Don't tell me you're sorry/ I know you well and I know you're lying."
Asked by her interviewer if she was referring to her break-up, she said: "When the glove fits, it fits."
It comes as Shakira faces separate legal woes over a £13m tax fraud case.
Yesterday, a Spanish court said the singer must face trial over six different charges.
She is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury out of millions over a three-year period when she claimed she wasn't resident in Spain.
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If found guilty, she faces up to eight years in prison.
She has denied the charges against her.
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