Gerard Piqué has learned to block critics who criticized him for allegedly cheating on Shakira.
Over the weekend, he sat down for an interview with former football star Gerard Romero and they talked about how Piqué has been handling the criticism since splitting from the Colombian singer in June 2022.
In his native Spanish, he admitted, “The situation was bad at first, and it got to the point that if I had let things get me down, I would have thrown myself off a cliff,” adding that his calm demeanor had saved him. sanity.
Piqué also talked about how “95 percent” of people’s problems occur when they “tend to care about things that aren’t that important.” According to him, the only things worth worrying about are “serious health issues, family and relationships.”
However, his relationship proved to be a matter of contention when he and Shakira, 46, said he broke up after being together for 11 years.
Following the news of her alleged affair with model Clara Chia Marti, fans quickly criticized Piqué on social media.
“For example, my ex-girlfriend is Latin American… you can’t even imagine. [the comments] I reached out to social media from his fans. Millions of barbarians!” he told Romero during the interview.
“But I don’t care about any of that. Frankly, it’s not because I don’t know them at all. These people don’t have a life and why should I care? I’ll never meet them, they’re robots, you know?
Piqué, 36, added that his recklessness is “healthy because if you care about people’s opinions, you’re dead.”
“They want you to worry and when you worry they will win. “You have to show them that you don’t care because it makes them even more angry.”
After her interview, many, including Shakira herself, called Piqué xenophobic after her criticism of him, implying that Latin Americans are “barbaric”.
One person tweeted in response to the interview, “Why did you have to mention that your ex is Latino? Do you think Latinos insult or harass more than people from other countries? Why did you say that? Also, Shakira has fans from all over the world. She really has her own grave. you’re digging.”
Meanwhile, others called him “xenophobic” and displayed their Latin pride.
Soon after the singer tweeted along with dozens of Latin American flag emojis, he said he was “proud to be Latin American.”
Piqué, who shares 10-year-old Milan and 8-year-old Sasha with Shakira, previously claimed that he wasn’t sorry for leaving the “She Wolf” singer “devastated” by their breakup.
“I keep doing what I want,” the retired athlete told El Pais last month.
“The day I die, I’ll look back and hope to have always done what I wanted,” he said. “I want to stay true to myself.
Meanwhile, Shakira first spoke about the breakup in September 2022, saying that she was trying to keep amicable relations with Piqué for her children.
“No matter how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about each other as former partners, he is the father of my children,” he told Elle at the time.
“We have work to do for these two incredible children and I believe we will find out what is best for their future, their own dreams in life, and what is a fair resolution for everyone involved,” he added.
However, the singer changed his tune a few months later by releasing multiple diss tracks about his ex and his 24-year-old girlfriend.
In one song, Sharkia said she was starting to get “triple M” – “much hotter, much tougher”. [and] much lighter ”- now that he’s single. He also suggested that Gerard had “a place in hell” for his new girlfriend.
As a final farewell, the singer fled Barcelona with her two sons to start a new life in Miami without Piqué.