Dating? NBA star Jimmy Butler spotted getting ‘cozy’ with Shakira at plush London restaurant

After she attended one of Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler’s NBA Finals games last month, the singer-songwriter Shakira joined him for a three-hour meal on Wednesday night in London.

According to the Daily Mail, there are now rᴜmors that the celebs are dating after meeting at Novikov Restaurant & Bar. Although Rylee Nowak’s mother, Kaitlin Nowak, is Butler’s ex-wife, he hasn’t yet made an official announcement of their breakup. Shakira, who has supposedly been unmarried for the past year, has also been connected to Tom Cruise and Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

In June 2022, Shakira made the announcement that she was divorcing longtime partner and Barcelona star Gerard Pique. Despite having two children together, they have sparred in the media since their split, with the singer laying veiled jabs at Pique on her most recent album and the football player responding through a number of podcasts.

Shakira sampled the SZA song “Kιll Bill” in a TikTok video she shared in February, notably the line, “, not the best idea. How did I get here? His new girlfriend is the next. Even if I might  my ex, I still care about him. I’d rather be locked up than alone. In the video, Shakira mouthed the lyrics while sweeping a floor.

Last September, Shakira remarked that “one of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice [to care for our children].” “I did it, too. I put my job on hold and traveled to Spain to be by his side as he played football and won a championship. And it was a loving sacrifice. Because of that, I am able to be present for my children, and as a result, we have an incredible, lasting bond. You realize that’s it. All I have to say is that.

Butler, who had a kid with Nowak in 2019, has spoken about the difficulties of trying to start a family while being a well-known figure. The inability to occasionally go be a parent is one of the hardest things about being a celebrity, he claimed. “I hate that everyone wants to talk basketball or take pictures, so I can’t take my daughter to the zoo.” Butler is well-known for being very dedicated to his NBA career, and he occasionally gets into arguments with teammates who he feels are less focused on winning games than he is. After famously spitting on the starters in a practice scrimmage by competing against them with third-string players, he forced his way out of the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to reports, the forward easily prevailed.

Butler told the Ringer, “Oh, I was in charge, but I only shot the ball once. Boom, boom, boom, dimes. blocks, steals. I only fired the ball once.

Butler has found a place to call home in Miami. He twice accompanied the Heat to the NBA Finals, when they were defeated by the Denver Nuggets in five games most recently.