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'Piquing her interest': Shakira reported to have secretly dated Rafael Nadal before Gerard Pique

As per the Spanish Paparazzi, she was linked to musician Alejandro Sanz while the tennis legend was with Maria Perello at that time
Shakira was said to have secretly dated tennis star Rafael Nadal before meeting Gerard Pique (Gareth Cattermole, Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Shakira was said to have secretly dated tennis star Rafael Nadal before meeting Gerard Pique (Gareth Cattermole, Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Star couple Shakira and Gerard Pique have been grabbing headlines ever since they announced their breakup. In recent days, all eyes have been on the Barcelona defender for his relationship with Clara Chia. However, now the pop icon is getting attention for her alleged relationship with tennis star Rafael Nadal back in 2010.

Spanish journalist Jordi Martin, who revealed the photos of Pique and Chia, claimed that Shakira secretly dated Nadal before getting together with Pique. The shocking reveal came on the show America Noticias. While Nadal's name did not pop up, Martin dropped ample hints.


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At that time, the 'Hips don't lie singer' and Nadal were linked to different people. She was reportedly dating musician Alejandro Sanz and Nadal was in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend Maria Perello, whom he married later. "I can say that Shakira made a video clip with Alejandro Sanz, but she did not get involved with him. She got involved with someone equally or more famous," Martin said. The show's presenter begged him to reveal the name of the celebrity but Martin just played around. He further indicated that the tennis player was the star of the popular Shakira video 'Gitana', which was a primary source for the story. 

"I say that there was something in a video clip with a top athlete in Spain, among the three best athletes in the history of the country. That's where I leave it, I can't name names," Martin said. When the anchor asked, "The person in question had won the most Grand Slam titles in history?”, Martin loudly replied, "Yes."

Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the Musketeers trophy after winning his 14th Roland Garros Grand Chelem tournament on Alexander the 3rd bridge on June 06, 2022 in Paris, France.
Shakira was said to have dated Tennis star Rafael Nadal before she met Gerard Pique (Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Shakira does not seem to be doing well these days. After her break up, she was accused of duping the Spanish government in a tax fraud case. Between 2012 and 2014, she failed to pay a sum of $15M and if convicted, she may face up to eight years in prison.


Shakira and Pique started dating back in 2010 and ended their relationship in June. As per a source, their relationship was already in shambles three monthsbefore the official statement. Shakira tried to save the relationship, but Pique wanted to make the breakup official a lot earlier and continue life as a bachelor. Soon after their breakup, Pique revealed his new lady love Chia.