Shakira and her longtime boyfriend Gerard Pique have reached a new custody agreement for their children, according to TMZ. Shakira will move to Miami with her sons.
The couple issued a joint statement to TMZ: “We signed a custody agreement. Our only goal is to provide our children with the utmost safety and security and hope that they can continue their lives in a safe and peaceful environment.”
After a 12-hour discussion, the Colombian pop sensation’s legal team appears to have reached an agreement with Gerard’s representatives. Shakira will move from Barcelona to Miami the following year.
A source close to the singer told TMZ that the two “signed an agreement which is what is best for the children — which is their main focus and after 8 years in Barcelona she and the children are now moving into their longstanding Returning home to Miami where all the maternal family is.”
Shakira and Gerard announced their 11-year separation in June this year. “We regret to confirm that we are separating,” they said in a joint statement to E! News on June 4th, adding, “For the well-being of our children, who are our top priority, we ask that you respect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”
Last month, Shakira expressed her pain by posting a cryptic video of a human heart being run over, claiming she “knew this was going to happen.”
“I never said anything, but it hurts. I knew this was going to happen,” the social media post’s caption read. Though Shakira didn’t specify what or who hurt her, the post came shortly after her split from husband Gerard Pique.
Shakira later spoke about the difficulty of going through a public breakup, primarily the task of protecting her children from the negativity. “I’m trying to do it and protect her because that’s my most important mission in life,” she told Elle in September, per E! News.
Still processing the breakup herself, the singer said she often feels “this is all a bad dream” that she’ll eventually wake up from, but in her heart she knows “it’s real.”