Shakira is being sued for £65 million by her ex-boyfriend, who claims he masterminded her career.
Argentinian businessman Antonio de la Rua met the Columbian singer in 2000 after he had lead the political campaign that made his father, Fernando de la Rua, president of Argentina. They were together until 2010.
In legal documents filed in Los Angeles, de la Rua claims that a business relationship ran parallel to their romance and that he talked Shakira into recording her hit ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, which went Number One in 24 countries in 2006, Billboard reports.
According to the court documents filed by de la Rua, the international success of Shakira – whose real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoli – was “not simply luck” but ” the result of a hard-fought battle to conquer the music world that Mebarak and de la Rua fought together as business partners”. He also claims that he was behind a $300 million deal with entertainment company Live Nation, as well as a $9 million sponsorship deal with Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica and a perfume deal that guaranteed her £2 million every year for a decade.
Between 2008 and 2011, de la Rua clams that he was paid between 15 and 20 per cent of the singer’s profits, which were processed through a network of companies with links to a range of foreign bank accounts. He alleges that the Shakira had pledged that their business relationship would continue after their break-up, but that in 2011 she instructed a lawyer to tell him that that relationship had been “terminated” and he is now seeking £65 million in damages.
Shakira has also previously sued him, alleging that he paid himself unauthorised bonuses from the companies that handled her business affairs.