Jimmy Butler breaks silence about Shakira dating rumors: ‘Just because we are friends’

Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat’s 34-year-old NBA star, has spoken about the speculations surrounding his relationship with singer Shakira, 46. In July, the couple was seen hanging out together, sparking suspicion of a potential romance.

In a new interaction with Rolling Stone, Jimmy said, “She’s an incredible human being and an incredible talent, but you never know what people are doing so people just make stuff up.”

“Just because we are friends, she lives in Miami, and her sons are big basketball fans — that doesn’t mean anybody’s dating,” he said, alluding to Shakira’s sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7, whom she shares with ex Gerard Pique. “Just because people hang out doesn’t mean anybody’s dating. But it gives everybody something to talk about, so y’all take it and y’all run with it. She’s very, very cool and that’s all I got!” After Rolling Stone playfully responded, “Hips don’t lie,” Jimmy chuckled and said, “Yeah, you like that?”

Prior to her connection with Jimmy, Shakira grabbed headlines with Jimmy because of her divorce from Gerard Pique in June 2022. The former couple, who had been together for 11 years,  confirmed their breakup in a statement, emphasizing their focus on their children’s well-being and requesting privacy during this difficult time.

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