Shakira has always been an independent and free spirit—so much so that though her now ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua proposed almost a decade ago, she never felt the rush to get married. We bet she's counting her lucky stars now that the couple has decided to split!
But while they were together, Shaki and Antonio shared some undeniably cute and romantic moments. Join us for a trip down memory lane...
1. Shakira & Antonio 1
A sunny Shakira is acclimating to her new global fame as she attends the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles with her slightly overwhelmed lover on February 21, 2001. Just one month later, de la Rua would propose.
2. Shakira & Antonio 2
Los Angeles Lovin’
Shakira and boyfriend Antonio de la Rua begin to attract the attention of American paparazzi. Shaki is all smiles as the couple helps Mick Jagger celebrate the release of his new solo album Goddess in the Doorway on November 15, 2001.
3. Shakira & Antonio 3
A casually attired Shaki holds on tight to de la Rua at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach on October 24, 2002.
4. Shakira & Antonio 4
Dance, Dance Revolution
Shakira & de la Rua partied the night away during happier times; the couple stopped by NYC hot spots Bungalow 8 and Butter on the evening of August 26, 2007.
5. Shakira & Antonio 5
During the 2008 holiday season, the couple toured their favorite European sites and were spotted visiting Hadrian's Villa and the Barberini Palace in Italy’s capital city of Rome.
6. Shakira & Antonio 6
In the summer of 2008, a distracted Shakira (engrossed in a cell phone conversation) was spotted taking a leisurely stroll with her boyfriend in the romantic City of Lights.
7. Shakira & Antonio 7
Shakira debuts a new twisted 'do—but not a new man—at the Rolling Stones cover and release party for her new album at the Bowery Hotel on November 9, 2009.
8. Shakira & Antonio 8
Sea of Love
De la Rua and his pop princess were spotted enjoying some fun in the sun at Punta del Este in Uruguay—a Latin American hotspot Shakira helped to put on the map when she bought her farm “La Colorada” in Jose Ignacio a small town just 25 miles away.
9. Shakira & Antonio 9
Showing the first signs of trouble in paradise; Shakira and Antonio share a melancholy hug in Barcelona, Spain on June 8, 2010—just two short months before the duo broke up.
10. Shakira & Antonio 10
Friends for Life
Attempting to escape media scrutiny, Shakira and Antonio took a private stroll in Barcelona in November 2010. The couple looks preoccupied but it’s nice to see that they were able to stay close friends after they split.