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Shakira Breaks Up with Longtime Boyfriend

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Shakira is going solo.

The Colombian pop superstar, 33, and her agent-boyfriend of 11 years, Antonio de la Réa, separated in August but remain friends and business partners, the pair announced Monday on Shakira.com.

“We made a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship,” they write. “We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives.”

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Shakira was rumored to be linked to Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué in recent months, though she denied that.

In Monday’s note, she and de la Réa, the son of a former president of Argentina, said their “friendship and understanding of one another is unwavering and indestructible.” They also called their 11 years together “the most wonderful years of our lives.”