Shakira describes "split from her ex Gerard Piqué" as "the darkest hour in her life."

The 45-year-old Columbian superstar is breaking her silence in her first interview since announcing her split in a joint statement with Piqué in June.

The exes share sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.

They were never married, were together for 12 years.

Calling the very public split "incredibly difficult," Shakira opens up about navigating it all in her new cover story for Elle magazine.

She says that the relationship with Piqué that once felt "sacred" has been "turned into something vulgarized and cheapened" by the scandalous headlines surrounding the split.

While she chooses not to discuss Piqué's romance with new girlfriend, Clara Chia, or allegations that he cheated on her, Shakira does say that her priority is raising their children as co-parents.

"Regardless of how things ended or how Gerard and I feel about each other as ex-partners, he is the father of my children," she tells the magazine.

"We have a job to do for these two incredible boys, and I have faith that we will figure out what is best for their future.

When asked about what ultimately led her to split from Piqué, Shakira seems to cite the sacrifices she made career-wise for their family.