Shakira plans to move to Miami with her two children next year by Gerard Pique as part of an agreement reached between the warring couple and their lawyers during a 12-hour marathon meeting.
The Colombian pop star, 45, will move from the family base in Barcelona to Florida early in the new year with sons Milan, nine, and Sasha, seven, according to the Catalan press.
Gerard, who burst into tears at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium on Saturday during an emotional farewell speech after he retired from football, is said to have given in to Shakira’s desire to avoid an ugly divorce battle in court.
Family move: Shakira moves to Miami next year with her two children by Gerard Pique as part of an agreement broken between the warring ex-couple and their lawyers
The summit ended with the deal removing the main stumbling block in the couple’s ongoing efforts to reach an out-of-court settlement.
The marathon talks started Monday afternoon at the former parental home of Shakira and Gerard in Esplugues de Llobregat on the outskirts of Barcelona.
According to local press, it did not end until the early hours of Tuesday morning, with the negotiations described as ‘intense’ by the respected Catalan daily El Periodico.
Rival La Vanguardia, who also reported on the deal ‘after 12 hours of negotiations’ added: ‘Milan and Sasha are going to Miami with Shakira.
The children will spend Christmas in Barcelona, but once 2023 begins, the footballer will say goodbye and make a painful sacrifice so that the young people do not experience an even more traumatic separation between their parents.
Deal struck: Gerard is said to have given in to Shakira’s wishes to avoid an ugly divorce battle in court (pictured together in 2014)
“He’ll be able to cross the Atlantic to see them whenever he wants. The costs are borne by both.’
Meanwhile, Gerard showered his new girlfriend Clara Chia, 23, with affection after his emotional farewell tribute from Barcelona on Saturday.
With more than a year left on his contract with the Catalan club, Gerard, 35, shocked the football world last week when he announced his career in the sport would be turned upside down.
After an emotional speech following Barcelona’s win against Almeria at the Camp Nou, the retired star was comforted by his girlfriend, 23, as they kissed and hugged as they stood in the stands on the pitch.
Spanish sports television network Gol Play filmed the momentous moment, writing alongside the images it posted to Twitter Gol Direct: “@gerardpique’s first kiss after the tribute. The central defender shared this special day with his loved ones.’
Gerard — who announced his split from Shakira in June amid false rumors — hasn’t been shy about packing up on the PDA with his model girlfriend in recent weeks.
The former Man United defender shocked the football world on Thursday by announcing on Twitter that Saturday’s game against Almeria would be his last in a Barcelona shirt and his last game as a professional footballer.
He has played 397 games for the Catalan giants, scoring 29 times and capitating 102 times for Spain at the highest level.
It’s all over: Gerard was held aloft by his teammates and the Barcelona staff after his last home game following his shocking retirement
He said in an emotional message, accompanying footage of him gazing over the Catalan capital from a balcony and retrospective photos and videos of him as a young child in a Barcelona shirt: “It’s been 25 years since I joined Barca. I left and I came back. Football has given me everything. You, culés, have given me everything.
“And now that all of that child’s dreams have come true, I want to tell you that now is the time to end this journey.”
He confirmed that he would retire from professional football halfway through the season, adding: “I will become a regular fan, I will support the team, I will pass on my love for Barca to my children, as my family did with me.”
Gerard delivered a tearful speech on the pitch at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, saying: ‘I was born here and I will die here’ after playing most of Barcelona’s 2-0 win, before being replaced late under a exuberant applause from the home fans.
Breakup: Shakira and Gerard split in June after reports of infidelity (pictured with their children Milan, nine, and Sasha, seven)
The football star’s relationship with Barcelona-born beauty Clara started shortly after he and Shakira announced in June that they had split after 11 years and two children together.
His personal life has been in the spotlight of the media ever since and has been cited as one of the reasons for his shocking decision to retire from football.
Gerard and Shakira lookalike Clara are said to have met at his firm Kosmos where Clara works.
Spanish news website Niusdiario reported last week that the couple now live together in Gerard’s luxury penthouse apartment in the city center in Barcelona and plan to start a family.
Meanwhile, Shakira seems to deal with her ex through her music after the Spanish football player is said to have been unfaithful.
She seemed to take a jab at Gerard for the first time in her single Te Felicito (I Congratulate you).
A key line in the song is translated as: ‘To make you whole / I broke myself to pieces / I was warned but I didn’t listen / Don’t tell me you’re sorry / I know you well and I know you’re lying. ‘
In an interview with Elle Magazine, the hitmaker was asked about the rule and its apparent connection to her marital problems.
New single: Shakira, 45, literally lost her heart in her latest music video, Monotonía, released four months after her split from longtime beau Gerard