Pep paid detective to trail Shakira lover

Online newspaper El Confidencial reports that Barça's ex manager Pep Guardiola hired private detectives to spy on key defender Gerard Piqué at the beginning of his romance with superstar Shakira.

Pep paid detective to trail Shakira lover
Love birds: Gerard Piqué and Shakira in a photo they tweeted when the songstress was pregnant.
Guardiola was allegedly so concerned that Piqué's performance on the pitch would be affected by his high-profile romance with the Colombian singer that he hired detective agency Método 3 to keep an eye on the defender's whereabouts and behaviour outside the Barça camp.
The Barcelona manager, who won an unprecedented 14 titles in four years while in charge of the club, also made sure other players with a reputation for misbehaving were closely monitored by the detective agency.
According to El Confidencial, Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto’o were some of the other players under investigation by Método 3, all three of whom had a reputation for partying a bit too often during their time at the Catalan giants.
"He was obsessed with the idea that his players should have quiet private lives and not go out drinking, because afterwards they would not perform on the pitch," states the report, quoting an unnamed former Barcelona employee.
Guardiola’s relationship with Piqué has been called into question in the past.
Local TV channel Telemadrid has that Guardiola asked President Sandro Rosell to get rid of Piqué if he wanted him to renew his contract as Barça manager.
Whether this is true or not, the newly appointed Bayern Munich coach once used a press conference to publicly vent his discontent about the centre-back's ongoing appearance in the tabloids, his off-key remarks and his commitment to TV ads.
“Of course I’m only leaving him on the bench for sporting reasons. I don't need to tell him what he should and should not do.  He’s a grown up now.”
The 26-year-old defender, who has officially been dating Shakira since 2011, announced last January the birth of his first child with the superstar, Milan Pique Mebarak.

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Shakira reveals losing voice was ‘darkest moment’ of her life

The Barcelona-based Colombian superstar Shakira says temporarily losing her voice two years ago was "the darkest moment" of her life, and which affected her "deeply".

Shakira reveals losing voice was 'darkest moment' of her life
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In November 2017 the three-time Grammy winner was forced to postpone her hip-shaking “El Dorado World Tour” for seven months after suffering a hemorrhage on her right vocal cord.

“It affected me deeply, there is a before and after,” the 42-year-old said during an interview with AFP late on Monday in Barcelona, where she lives with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique and their two young sons.

“You take many things for granted when you have them… In the case of my voice, it is something that is so inherent in my nature, it is my identity,” she added in the interview at a Barcelona hotel.

“I always thought that one day I would lose many things, one day you lose your youth, you lose your beauty, you even lose friends, there are people who come and go… but I never thought my voice was something that could disappear.

'A miracle'

“When that doubt arose, when I did not know if I could sing again, it was the darkest moment of my life,” she added.

In what she describes as “a miracle”, Shakira recovered her voice naturally, without needing to undergo surgery as recommended by doctors and was finally able to carry out her tour in 2018.

A documentary about the tour, which encompassed over two decades of hits and was based on two shows she gave in Los Angeles, will open in around 60 countries from November 13th.

“It is one of the most important tours of my life for what it means, for the different obstacles that I had to overcome,” Shakira said.    

With her mix of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock influence, Shakira is one of the biggest stars from Latin America, scoring major global hits with songs such as “Hips don't Lie” and “Whenever, Whenever”.

She was picked to perform alongside pop star Jennifer Lopez at the halftime show of the Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on February 2, 2020 -which happens to be Shakira's birthday.

“We have a lot of ideas, it is hard to do them all in the short amount of time which we have. But we will try to take advantage of it as much as possible, especially the opportunity to represent Latinos,” Shakira said.

The National Football League's Super Bowl championship final is the biggest annual event on US television. The halftime show typically features some of the world's best-known performers. Last year's show drew 98.2 million viewers.

By AFP's Daniel Bosque

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