Shakira may not have won the battle against her ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua just yet. In an interview with a radio station in Argentina, he said he is looking at his legal options now that he was shut down in Los Angeles.
De la Rua is going to continue to fight for the millions that he says Shaki owes him over an eleven year period. He believes he is entitled to receive part of the profits generated by the singer, as his contribution as partner led her to sign contracts worth millions and created their fragrance.
“Now I have to decide whether to appeal in Los Angeles or accept what Shakira proposes that the trial be held in Bahamas or Colombia. This process is very long and we are in the first stage: the choice of jurisdiction. The Los Angeles judge has not said who is entitled to the assets of Shakira, but prefers there to be another jurisdiction who takes the case, since we are not residents in the city,”De la Rua said in an interview with Argentina station, W Radio.
The Argentine businessman also talked about his mutual agreement in the past with the Colombian singer:
“When we joined in 2004, Shakira came to me with many economic problems, losing money on tour. We started a company where we distributed the roles and specific powers. She took care of the artistic side and I of business. In 2010 we ended our relationship, but for a few months continued with the professional,” said De la Rua.
The problem between the two arose when the singer hired new lawyers, allegedly advised by her new partner – FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique.
“We didn’t have a written contract, only an oral agreement in which we decided to distribute our profits: Shakira in a much higher percentage for being the artist and I much smaller for being the one who built the economic platform. We have always distributed profits year after year,” he stated.
Despite the legal battle De La Rua has no animosity towards his former girlfriend:
“For my part there remains no grudge against her personally. I see her happy and that makes me happy. She has achieved many things she wanted, like a family. I can only wish all the best to a person with whom I’ve been with for 11 years. For me it is a joy to see her well, for her it should be the same, “he said.
It doesn’t look like this fight is going to end anytime soon.