Gerard Pique Breaks Up with Girlfriend, Adds Fuel to Shakira Romance Rumors

He's been romantically linked to Shakira since August, reportedly kissed her a few months ago, and now Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique has broken up with his girlfriend Nuria Tomás less than one week after Shakira announced her split from her fiancé, Antonio de la Rúa. Coincidence? 

According to the Spanish newspaper, La Razon, Pique and his girlfriend of two years started having problems in their relationship when rumors surfaced that Pique was having an affair with Shakira. 

Back in August, the Barcelona-based newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya spotted Pique (who currently plays for FC Barcelona) exiting the same hotel that Shakira had been shacked up in for a couple of days (apparently, Pique was not registered for a room). At the time, Shakira blamed the press for the rumors that she and Pique had a romantic relationship. "It’s funny how the newspapers want to see you married, and then see you divorced. Well, I won’t make any of them," she said. But in November, Shakira and Pique were spotted together again at the Spanish resort town of Blanes

Shakira and Pique met on the set of her music video for the 2010 World Cup anthem, "Waka, Waka." Last week, the athlete vehemently denied the romantic speculation, telling reporters in the Barcelona airport: "We're just friends. There's nothing more to it. I don't know anything about the break-up. You all have just told me about it. We're just friends and that's that."

That may be. But there's no denying that the timing of these breakups is suspicious.