Colombian singer Shakira reacts after she was presented the award for best female pop vocal for "Sale El Sol" at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada November 10, 2011. (Photo : Reuters)
After Shakira's former boyfriend Antonio de la Rua filed a lawsuit against her, Shakira is now claiming that she does not owe him anything.
De La Rua filed a $100 million lawsuit against the "The Voice" coach in November claiming that he served as her manager during their relationship. He added that he helped her score lucrative music deals. He also alleged that the two had an arranged agreement and that the documents read "De la Rúa spent more than six years building the Shakira brand into one of the most valuable pop-star brands in the entertainment industry. The profits earned by the partnership in 2011 and 2012, and millions of dollars that it will earn in the future, were generated by the deals he conceptualized, originated, negotiated and executed."
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De La Rua also added that the business partnership started in 2004 but when the romantic nature of the relationship ended in 2010, the singer wrote on her website, "We continue to be partners in our business and professional lives." However De La Rua claims, that Shakira later instructed an attorney to "terminate de la Rua, as if he were a mere employee."
However Shakira claims that the legal documentation filed by her says she was already an international success when she met de la Rua in 2000 and explains that even though he helped her with some decisions, he was never her manager. She added that the only thing she and de la Rua ever signed was a 2006 agreement in her native Colombia, in which they decided to keep their own assets separate if they split.
Shakira recently had her first son Milan with soccer player Gerard Pique and is currently coach on "The Voice".
De la Rua is the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. He dated Shakira for more than a decade before ending their relationship in Jan. 2011.