Ex-boyfriends can often cause headaches along with heartache, but Shakira is facing breakup drama of multi-million dollar proportions with the news that ex-love Antonio de la Rúa has sued her, citing that he helped make her star without receiving appropriate compensation.
Billboard is reporting that de la Rúa has filed a lawsuit in hopes to recover at least $100 million dollars for “breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty,” meaning payment for his services as savvy business manager.
“The combination of de la Rúa’s business and marketing talents with Defendant’s artistic talents, beauty and sex appeal succeeded in propelling the value of the partnership far beyond anything either had previously achieved or believed possible,” reads the suit, which was filed in the state of New York last month by attorney William Reid of Reid, Collins & Tsai.
Shakira and de la Rúa, the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rúa first met in 2000 and their romance kindled a business partnership that de la Rúa argues helped propel the Colombian singer into a bona fide global star.
“De la Rúa spent more than six years building the Shakira brand into one the most valuable pop-star brands in the entertainment industry,” the suit states. “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.
“She was extremely successful as a recording artist long before Antonio ever became her business manager,” Reid told Billboard. “But the financial success she enjoyed with Antonio was unparalleled.”
No written agreement governed the terms of their business partnership and after Shakira and de la Rúa ended their romantic relationship in 2010, Shakira posted the news of their breakup on her website, writing, “We continue to be partners in our business and professional lives.”
But drama followed the hip-shaking star when she fired de la Rúa less than a year later. Now, with millions of dollars of her fortune on the line, Shakira has stayed quiet and has refrained from addressing the lawsuit.
And with good reason: the 35-year-old is expecting a baby boy with current love Gerard Piqué. The singer – who will take a judge’s chair on “The Voice” next year – is due in January 2013 and is over the moon about her pregnancy, recently tweeting, “I could have another 9 months like this.”