Celebrity·Posted on Mar 23, 2023Shakira's Ex, Gerard Piqué, Is Speaking Out For The First Time About Their Split And His Comments Were Definitely Something"I'm not going to spend money cleaning up my image."by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Gerard Piqué is speaking out for the first time since his split from Shakira last year and he had some...interesting things to say. Robert Marquardt / Getty Images By now, most people know that the couple's breakup was quite dramatic, with Shakira releasing a scathing diss track calling Gerard out amid infidelity rumors. Laurent Koffel / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images While Shakira has been pretty vocal about the whole thing, Gerard has been notably silent — except for a post debuting his new girlfriend, Clara Chia Marti. View this photo on Instagram @3gerardpique / Via instagram.com But now, Gerard is finally opening up about the split in a translated interview with El Pais. Quality Sport Images / Getty Images As for why he chose not to comment sooner, Gerard said that "everyone has their responsibility to try to do what is best for their children." Europa Press Entertainment / Europa Press via Getty Images "It is about protecting them," he explained. "That is the job of all parents with children. That is what I am focused on and that is my job as a father." View this photo on Instagram @3gerardpique / Via instagram.com In the wake of the breakup, Gerard shared that he is "very happy" and plans to "keep doing what I want." Soccrates Images / Getty Images "The day I die, I will look back and hope I have always done what I wanted," he said. "I want to be faithful to myself." Chris Schwegler / NBAE via Getty Images He seemingly did not comment on his faithfulness to Shakira. Gerard added that despite the negative press, he's "not going to spend money cleaning up [his] image." Quality Sport Images / Getty Images "The people that I love and care about are the ones who know me. The rest isn't important to me," he continued. "I spend my energy on being with my loved ones and giving them what I have." View this photo on Instagram @3gerardpique / Via instagram.com "I'm very happy. There have been changes in my life and I have known how to preserve happiness," he concluded. Soccrates Images / Getty Images You can read Gerard's entire interview here.