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Some guys just can't handle it when a woman succeeds without them. Singer Shakira has been hit with a $250 million lawsuit from ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua, who claims she owes him for "inspiring" some of her biggest hits. We can only imagine how hard Shakira is rolling her eyes right now!
In his filing, De la Rua, the son of a former president of Argentina, claims that he talked her into recording "Hips Don't Lie" (which she "hated") and played her the song that inspired her 2010 World Cup anthem "Waka Waka." He also says he negotiated some major business deals for her.
But here's the thing: The guy was her paid employee at the time. Shakira, who is requesting that De la Rua's case be thrown out, says she hired him as one of her advisors because he was unemployed, and they were in love. He continued to manage her career for around a year after they broke up. So it was his job to orchestrate those deals, and he has already received compensation. Furthermore, Shakira was already a big star when they began dating, and it's understood that "inspiration" is something people provide one another for free. In conclusion, get over it, dude!
Sadly, it's not so unusual for female celebrities to face this kind of lawsuit from bitter ex-boyfriends. Some other recent examples:
- Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband Ojani Noa attempted to sue her in 2011, claiming that her song "One Love" was about him.
- Lady Gaga's former boyfriend-slash-business partner Rob Fusari sued her for $30.5 million in 2010, on the grounds that he came up with the name "Lady Gaga" and gave her the idea to write dance music.
- Adele's ex-boyfriend tried to get a cut of the royalties from her debut album 19, saying that she owed him because the songs were about their relationship. "For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it," the singer said in 2011. "Finally I said, 'Well you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.'"
Notice a pattern here? All of these women are world-famous musicians who moved on from their breakups to achieve even greater success. Also, all of these lawsuits are ridiculous.
It's too bad that the men these women loved can't look back with pride on their relationships; all they can see is what they lost, and they can only see it in terms of dollar signs. It must be pretty tempting for the celebrities to sling mud right back at those ex-boyfriends, so props to Shakira and Adele for rising above it.