Although sources close to Shakira and her ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua are insisting that there was no drama involved in the longtime couple's decision to part ways in August, we find the timing of the split a little fishy, especially since it happened around the time that rumors were swirling about a possible affair between the Colombian singer and Spanish football star Gerard Pique.
But then again, it’s not the first time that the pint-sized pop star had been linked to another man during her decade-long relationship with de la Rua, and most of the rumors have been without merit.
Here’s a brief guide to Shaki’s supposed “other men.”
1. Shakira's Men: Alejandro Sanz
Rumors of a possible love connection between Alejandro Sanz and Shakira were sparked with the enormous success of their duet, "La Tortura." Who can blame anyone for thinking there might be something more than just a friendly musical partnership going on, especially after seeing an oil-slicked Shaki writhing around in the music video. Their collaboration continued when the Spanish singer tapped the colombiana for his single, "Te lo Agradezco, Pero No," a slower, bluesier tune which also features the duo singing and dancing together in rather suggestive manner. There were even rumors of a possible sex tape featuring Sanz, Shaki and her now ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua floating around! But both parties denied the love connection, with Sanz making jokes about Shakira's "perfectionism" and control issues.
2. Shakira's Men: Rafael Nadal
Tongues were wagging when the Shakira was spotted sharing dinner at the W hotel in Barcelona with Spanish tennis hottie Rafael Nadal while shooting a music video. When the super steamy video for Shakira's single, "Gitana," dropped, the tabloids went nuts once again. Rumors were stoked further by on-set snitches who said, "They had a lot of chemistry while they were filming, and after as well." The video, which features Shaki singing to a shirtless Nadal and hugging and caressing him, did raise some eyebrows, but without reason. Rafa has been with his high school sweetheart Maria Francisca Perello for five years and the two seem to still be going strong. Geesh people, can't a woman make a sexy music video these days without being subjected to the Spanish inquisition?
3. Shakira's Men: Gerard Pique
This is the rumor that just won't die. In August of 2010, Shakira was snapped exiting the same Barcelona hotel as popular Spanish football star Gerard Pique, who apparently was not registered for a room. Local tabloids reported that the duo had spent two nights together, though at the time, both were engaged to be married to other people. When confronted about the rumors, Shakira told press, "It’s funny how the newspapers want to see you married, and then see you divorced. Well, I won’t make any of them." The imaginary couple met at the 2010 World Cup, when Pique arrived to help film Shakira's anthem for the global event, "Waka, Waka." There might actually be some truth to this rumor, as the two were spotted again in November 2010 in the Spanish resort town of Blanes. Who knows? Maybe they were just both on vacation!