MADRID – Colombian pop music star Shakira and her partner, Spanish footballer

Gerard Piqué, are splitting up, the two said in a statement released on Saturday.

“We regret our decision to separate,” the two said in a statement released by Shakira.

“For the sake of our children, which is our priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you for your understanding. ”

Shakira, 45, met a Barcelona defender while announcing her 2010 World Cup song

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” The couple has two children, Sasha and Milan.

Colombian Pop Star Shakira Confirms

Split With Soccer Star Piqué