Shakira, Gerard Pique agree to joint custody 5 months after split, singer to move to Miami with sons
BARCELONA, SPAIN: Singer Shakira and footballer Gerard Pique have seemingly come to an agreement regarding the custody of their children. It has been reported by Fox News that Shakira will move to Miami, Florida, with her sons Milan and Sasha.
However, it was also said that Pique will be allowed to have the boys for Thanksgiving, winter or Christmas time or during March and April, during Easter. The agreement also stated that Pique gets to have the children with him for 10 days a month and for a chunk of their summer vacation as per their 70/30 plan. However, the agreement does give Pique more leeway, should he choose to agree to live in the US.
"We have signed a custody agreement," the former couple said in a joint statement, that added, "Our sole objective is to provide our children with the utmost security and protection and hope that they can continue with their lives in a safe and calm environment. We appreciate that their privacy will be respected."
"A very important sacrifice has been made: Gerard has finally agreed to allow his children to live in the US for their well-being, a primary reason and one that was always in the first place," said Piqué's lawyer, Ramón Tamborero. "A judicial decision would only have brought pain. In reality, no one has won here except the children."
The lawyer added, "It has been very, very difficult to get here. As you know, we have been negotiating, fighting, battling for five months to draw up a 20-page agreement that both parties could sign." The $5M mansion, located in Esplugues de Llobregat, that Pique and Shakira jointly own was also reportedly put up for sale.
Pique and Shakira’s split comes at a very tough time for the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer, who is now under the lens for apparent tax fraud allegations, for which she may face as many as eight years in prison. She was reported to have rejected the offer to settle and instead opted to go to court over these allegations. She has been accused of withholding $14.6M in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Shakira’s argument was that she was a resident of the Bahamas at that time.