Sources told Page Six that Colombian superstar Shakira, 45, wants to hightail it out of Barcelona and live full-time in Miami — leaving behind the personal troubles that are haunting her.
Not only is she in the midst of a contentious breakup and custody battle with the father of her children, Barcelona FC soccer player Gerard Piqué, 35, but the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer is also facing up to eight years in jail after Spanish authorities accused her of tax fraud.
Barcelona is proving to be a place of bad memories.
In Miami Beach, she has close family and friends to rally around her and provide much needed support. Plus, a very private and palatial, waterfront mansion. Family friend and Douglas Elliman realtor Ana Lourdes Martinez calls the town Shakira’s “refuge.”
“Miami is her home,” Martinez, who works with Shakira’s brother Antonio on the singer’s local real estate holdings, told The Post. “Her parents live here, her brother lives here, her niece and nephew, too. She doesn’t have any family in Spain. It’s a different environment from Barcelona.”
Friends like fellow musician Alejandro Sanz — her “La Tortura” duet partner — are reportedly trying to convince Shakira to take her talents to South Beach, and additional sources close to the singer confirm her desire to relocate to the Sunshine State.
Leaving Barcelona, where she first bought a home in 2012, would help get away from the swirling gossip about Piqué and his alleged infidelities.
Leading to their split, Piqué — Shakira’s partner of 11 years and father to their sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7 — was reportedly privately messaging other women, including Brazilian model Suzy Cortez, aka Miss BoomBum, and secretly dating Clara Chia Marti, a 23-year-old public relations student, for months.
Shakira and Piqué announced their split in June. The power couple met in 2010 during the World Cup in South Africa. She was there to perform “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” while he played for his home country of Spain, the winning team that year. The two share the same birthday (February 2), but Shakira is 10 years older. Two months after meeting Piqué, Shakira split from Antonio de la Rúa, the son of former Argentinean president Fernando de la Rúa and her boyfriend of 10 years, although she reportedly didn’t start dating the soccer star until the next year.
Now, as the custody battle escalates between Shakira and Piqué, the children are back in Barcelona staying at their father’s bachelor pad. A temporary truce has granted him custody for half of the month, after Shakira took them on a whirlwind trip to Miami, Los
Angeles and Mexico.
The estranged couple may end up battling it out over their considerable real estate holdings. In addition to a Miami Beach manse, they own an eight-bedroom villa in the Cap St. Georges resort of Cyprus, purchased in 2019, and a seven-bedroom house in Barcelona’s exclusive Pedralbes neighborhood. Despite her cushy lodgings, Shakira never endeared herself to that city or Piqué’s inner circle. His friends reportedly call her “La Patrona” (“The Boss”) behind her back.
Also among Shakira’s portfolio is Bonds Cay, a private island in the Bahamas that she bought for $15 million with Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters. The business partners planned to transform the paradise into an artist’s retreat with luxury hotels, condos, galleries and studio space, but never developed the land. Currently, the 550-acre island is still uninhabited.
But tax issues could be a dent in the singer’s reported $300 million net worth.
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