The behind-the-scenes drama of Shakira’s personal life and finances are coming to light via a lawsuit filed by Antonio de la Rua.
The Argentinian businessman, who met the Colombian singer in 2000 while serving as campaign manager for his father’s bid to become president of Argentina and began dating her soon after, alleges that their severed business partnership entitles him to 0 million.
However, a responding affidavit filed on behalf of Antonio de la Rua asks for the matter to be struck out on the basis that the Argentinian, unlike the 36-year-old singer, is no longer a resident of the Bahamas “having abandoned his residency in the jurisdiction following the ending of his relationship with the second plaintiff.” The document also says that he was evicted from their former Old Fort Bay home in western New Providence last year and that Antonio de la Rua now resides in Uruguay.
Mr Wilson told The Tribune yesterday that this application to strike out the suit “for want of jurisdiction” is still open before the Supreme Court and that he “has a significant counter-claim to the lawsuit.” “We are currently consulting with our client as to whether or not we will be joining the proceedings here or taking it elsewhere,” he said.
"Since August 2010, we made a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship.While a counter-claim has not been filed as yet, Mr Wilson claims “Ms Shakira does not have a meritory claim against my client” and that the counter claim “will be great” if a decision is made to proceed in the Bahamas.“This is a litigation that Ms Shakira cannot win.” The Tribune attempted to reach Simone Fitzcharles of Lennox Paton Attorneys who represents Shakira.“The partnership was assured a steady stream of multimillion-dollar profits for more than a decade with little or no risk of loss,” de la Rua asserts in the suit.But less than a year later, in October 2011, de la Rua claims his services were “terminated” by Shakira.
"Antonio continues to oversee and conduct my business and career interests as he has always done," she says of de la Rúa, the son of a former president of Argentina.