Shakira caught jetting out of Barcelona with 'friend' Gerard Pique

For months they have been insisting they are nothing more than friends. But the evidence is adding up against Shakira and her rumoured boyfriend Gerard Pique's denials. The pair have been spotted together at El Prat Barcelona airport preparing to catch a private jet out of the Spanish city.
And earlier this week, they were pictured holding hands as they left a restaurant in Barcelona.
Despite their recent denials, the Hips Don't Lie singer appeared happy to be photographed as they left in his car, smiling brightly for the snapper. With over a month gone by since she announced the end of her 11-year relationship with Antonio de la Rua, perhaps Shakira, 34, is ready to tell the world she has moved on.
A fortnight ago 24-year-old Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona, uploaded a photograph from his birthday on February 2 of himself and the Colombian singer celebrating with friends.
At the airport yesterday, Shakira was smiling as she strutted into the terminal in sky-high boots and a chic jeans and black jacket. Handsome Gerard was casual in a bomber jacket and jeans. The singer first met Pique last spring while shooting the video to her song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - the official track of the 2010 World Cup.
Barcelona-based newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya claimed they had a string of secret encounters following their initial meeting. Shakira has previously dismissed reports of a romance. At a recent press conference in Barcelona she described the claims as a 'waka-rumour' and added: 'You shouldn't take any notice of waka-rumours.' Pique was also quick to deny any involvement, dismissing rumours following Shakira's split with de la Rua.
'We're just friends,' he told reporters at Barcelona Airport last month. There's nothing more to it. I don't know anything about the break-up. We're just friends and that's that.' But the tide seems to have turned and if the recent pictures are anything to go by, the pair may be on the brink of going public. Last week Shakira couldn't stop grinning as she was quizzed about her recent move to Barcelona by reporters outside the Dali museum.
When asked if she was enjoying her new life in the city, she replied: 'Yes, of course, I am very happy.' The singer recently moved into a rented luxury house on the outskirts of the city.'I wish I owned a house here because I love Barcelona,' she said last year. The property, which is on the site of an old convent, is also where Shakira stayed last year while she was filming the video for her single Loca.