Gerard Pique has been dating a student who works for him since his split from pop superstar Shakira, according to a source close to the new flame.
The Barcelona defender, 35, has not wasted his time following the breakdown of his 11-year marriage to the Colombian singer, which was announced in June. The pair first met when Pique was on set for the video for Shakira’s official 2010 World Cup single ‘Waka Waka’ before entering a relationship later that year. They share two children, sons Milan and Sasha.
However, Pique has been reportedly dating student Clara Chia Marti, 23, for the last few months, which has raised eyebrows about the timing of his separation from Shakira, 45. Chia Marti, a PR student, works for Pique’s sports and media investment group Kosmos and the pair have allegedly met while working on events together.
In 2018, Kosmos struck a $3 billion deal with the International Tennis Federation to transform nation-based competition the Davis Cup, which Great Britain won in 2015 for first time since 1936, and “generate substantial revenues for global tennis development”.
The couple have reportedly grown closer and have been dating for months but have been trying to keep it “quiet” due to Pique’s recent break-up with the Latin singer.
A source close to Clara told us: “Gerard and Clara have been seeing each other for months. They have been keeping quiet about their relationship but those around them all know what is happening.
“People have been helping him keep the romance hush-hush and have wiped Clara’s social media accounts so people can’t find photos of her. That alone makes his mates think he is actually quite serious about being with her.”
Pique and Shakira split in June after accusations of infidelity by the footballer, who was caught in bed with another woman. It was reported that the couple had been living separately for a few weeks before their announcement after Pique was kicked out of their family home.
Shakira hinted at disharmony between the pair in her recent hit ‘Te Felicito’ with Rauw Alejandro, with the 45-year-old singing: “To complete you I broke into pieces; I was warned, but I didn’t listen; I realised that yours is false; it was the drop that overflowed the glass; Don’t tell me you’re sorry, that sounds sincere, but I know you well and I know you’re lying.”