Pop Star Shakira confirms split with soccer Star Pique after 12 years

Shakira, 45, met the Barcelona defender Pique while she was promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)."

Pique is one of European soccer's top defenders. 

Shakira is one of the world's premier musical artists for her songs and live performances

Colombian pop star Shakira and her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique, are splitting up, the pair said in a statement released Saturday

"We regret to confirm that we are separating," the two said in a statement released by Shakira's public relations firm

"For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you for your understanding."

The couple have two children, Sasha and Milan

In recent days, rumors of the demise of the couple's 11-year relationship had gripped Spanish media

Who is the woman Gerard Pique is accused of cheating on Shakira with?

Reports even claimed that the FC Barcelona legend Gerard Pique is involved with an unnamed young blonde girl, aged 20

That girl is reportedly a student and an event hostess in Barcelona

In their statement, the couple neither confirmed nor denied the existence of the 22-year-old girl

In May, Shakira travelled to Ibiza twice, with their children, Milan and Sasha, and a friend, but without Pique