The popstar and her lawyer boyfriend have called it quits

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Shakira has announced her split from long-term partner Antonio de la Rua via her website.

‘During our almost 11 years together, we have loved each

other deeply, taken care of each other and stood by one another,’ says the fiery Colombian singer in a joint statement online.

‘They

have been the most wonderful years of our lives, and thanks to that

love and the respect we share for one another we have been an

exceptional couple and partners. Our friendship is unwavering and

indestructible.’

The bum-waggling superstar and 37-year-old Antonio secretly broke up in August 2010, but chose to withhold the news until this week.

Shakira, 33, intends to continue to maintain a working relationship with lawyer Antonio.

‘Throughout this time we have continued to work together hand in hand,

have remained close and have kept the details absolutely private until

now,’ she says.

‘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.’