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International pop star Shakira is in a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua who is suing her for $100 million in manager’s fees.
Shakira and de la Rua started dating in 2000, but broke up in 2011.
In an official statement announcing their split, Shakira acknowledged that de la Rua helped develop her career in the eleven years they were together.
According to the Huffington Post, the singer wrote, “Antonio continues to oversee and conduct my business and career interests as he has always done. We move forward as partners, developing projects together, working hand in hand and in close communication. Our friendship and understanding of one another is unwavering and indestructible.”
By this statement, it seems de la Rua has good reason to file a lawsuit against Shakira for $100 million in manager’s fees. According to Courthouse News Service, de la Rua says he took up the responsibility in 2004 at Shakira’s request.
His lawsuit claims that, “The combination of de la Rua's business and marketing talents with defendant's artistic talent, beauty, and sex appeal succeeded in propelling the value of the partnership far beyond anything either had previously achieved or believed possible.”
De la Rua claims that he facilitated career-making deals for her, including a $300 million contract with Live Nation in 2008 as well as a fragrance deal.
However, TMZ now reports that Shakira has filed a counterclaim to de la Rua’s. She denies that he ever was her manager and therefore he is not owed any compensation for managerial duties.
Shakira argued she was an international superstar long before becoming romantically involved with de la Rua. She admits that he “advised” her occasionally, but their business relationship was never legitimized with a signed document.
According to E! News, de la Rua is a trained lawyer and also helped manage his father’s campaign to become president of Argentina.
His lawyer previously stated, “In the end this is going to be a battle of credibility, our story vs. their story. We are confident there is able support for our story and that her statement will be proven wrong.”