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January 20, 2011

Here are the highlights from the Vogue España article accompanying the perfect Xabi & Nagore pictures.  And yes, they’re just as perfect in life as they appear in the pictures.  So, if you’re sitting down and preferably have a bottle of whiskey, bourbon, etc. within reach, keep on reading.

Nagore on Xabi: I can’t complain, I have a lot of luck.  Xabi is not into going out and partying.  He spends all the free time he has with us.  As soon as the game or the training session ends, he comes directly home.

Xabi on Iker’s appearance in Vogue: when that picture came out, we took some barbs at him, such as “you need a bit of self tanner” or “you need a bit more muscle there” so I was prepared for this shoot.

Xabi on leading a normal life: I think I’m able to do that.  I don’t let my work determine how I live my life.  My normal day can include going out to eat with Cristiano or Iker or something as normal as taking a walk with my wife on Serrano [the street in Madrid where the most designer shops are located, in the neighborhood where they live] or feeding breakfast to my kids.

Xabi on living in Madrid proper, rather than the suburbs: we tried to [live in Pozuelo de Alarcón], but we both prefer living in the center of Madrid and Madrid is a wonderful city to live in.  So, we moved.

Nagore’s take: now, we’re just two more people in the neighborhood.

Nagore on spare time: with kids, you never know when you’ll be able to do things.  [She has recently finished a course on photography and has taken up classical ballet again, which she stopped doing as an adolescent.]  It’s great, but also requires a lot of sacrifice.  I remember that when I was young, I even attended a school in Germany but I didn’t like the atmosphere so I left.  Now that my children are growing up, I can go back to my old ways.  [She is also taking long distance learning courses from the Universidad de Deusto in entrepreneurship and business.]  Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll set up something.

Xabi on twitter: it was Arbeloa who opened the account for me.

Nagore on fashion: I love fashion.  Some years ago, I worked with a tailor in his shop in San Sebastián, Auzmendi.  That was craftsmanship.  But then people started demanding designer labels, such as Marni or Balenciagoa.  And they had to incorporate them.

Xabi on fashion: how you dress says a lot about yourself.  I’m very classical when it comes to clothes, but not old-fashioned.  I like to look at the details and study what I put on.  I love watches and shoes, but I’m not a fashion victim.

Nagore on how they met [when the subject was brought up, Xabi kept saying no, no, no, that he didn’t want to talk about it, but who can blame Nagore for wanting to reveal this?]: it was more than eight years ago, we were in the same group of friends, and one night, he asked for my mobile.  I thought he had forgotten his, but he wanted something else:  he called his own phone with mine so that he would have my number, and I would have his.  The next day, he called me, we went out to eat in a great restaurant in San Sebastián and after that we went to a jazz club to meet up with Mikel and his girlfriend.  He asked us, “but what are you doing here?  And together?”

Nagore on moving to Liverpool: it was the best decision I ever made.  The relationship took one more step forward.  I was working on the production team of the film Aupa Etxebeste! and I packed my suitcases and left.  Those years were wonderful.

Xabi and Nagore on meeting Clive Owen:

Nagore:  after a Liverpool game, I met Clive Owen, a huge fan of Liverpool.  He’s so handsome…

Xabi:  you ignored me completely and went straight for him…

Nagore:  Whatever!  He was speaking with you and I saw that it was the perfect opportunity.  [She turns and whispers to the reporter]: I took a photo with him.  I’ll show you later.

Details from the photoshoot:

– it took place right before Christmas.  Xabi arrived late, for which he apologized, because Mou kept them for a bit longer, and then he went to pick up Jon from school.

– Nagore thought the dresses for the photoshoot were “marvelous and sexy” and commented that she would like to have all the shoes from it.

– Xabi introduces himself with a “hi, I’m Xabi, a pleasure.”

– as he watches Nagore shoot her photos, he says, “she’s gorgeous, like always.”

Sorry to overuse the word perfect, but really, is there any other way to describe these two?  And the other thing is, you can’t even hate her because she is obviously his perfect complement.

44 Comments leave one →
  1. Pammie permalink
    January 20, 2011 00:23

    How could one hate a woman like Nagore, she’s great. Thanks for the translation! ❤

  2. Jenny permalink
    January 20, 2011 00:23


    I thought we’d be in a perfection deficit now that Rafael and his Sylvie have left us – but OMG!


  3. IsaBella permalink
    January 20, 2011 00:27

    how many children do they have already? two? wow I have some catching up to do 😉

  4. January 20, 2011 00:27

    omggg. they are too perfect. ~preparing~ for their photoshoot after seeing the flaws of iker’s, lolol! and we gotta thank arbeloa one day seriously.

    “Xabi: you ignored me completely and went straight for him…”
    JEALOUS!XABI. oh oh oh. *___*

    they give me the impression of a couple who wear evening wear like the photoshoot clothes every day, like in their daily life. they look so comfortable in those clothes and with each other, nothing feels out of place.

  5. January 20, 2011 00:41

    mmmm oh my gooddd I love it!
    They’re so…perfect lol…that I cant even be jealous!

    mm I love their love story and how it involves Mikel Arteta!
    She’s right, those dresses are killer!!!

  6. January 20, 2011 00:50

    So far, those are the cutest pictures of 2011. I am still in awe. The interview is even more gorgeous, if that’s possible. I always liked Nagore her, she seemed so classy and composed, the interview is the first time I read what she says and I like her even more, she’s so nice!!!!

    The meaning “lovely couple” just was moved to another level.

    I will be back to being speechless and breathless now. and definitely whisky is a good idea.

    • January 20, 2011 00:53

      oh, and I forgot: He’s totally fangirling around her. The first person I see that Xabi does not seem to be the boss of! You rule Nagore!!I love it!

  7. Kat permalink
    January 20, 2011 00:55

    Totally agree! You can’t overuse the word “perfect” with these two, because that’s what they are, and there’s no other word.

    And I said it my comment in the other post, you can’t really hate Nagore, no? Add to the fact that you can’t imagine anyone else with Xabi, she’s classy and low-key and doesn’t care for the attention that comes with being the wife of a footballer. There’s nothing can fault her for and nitpick about. Again, perfect. *siiiiigh*

  8. Priya permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:04

    Honestly they ARE the definition of a match made in heaven.

  9. AT. permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:24

    Perfect couple! This made me love Nagore even more.
    He’s really the epitome of class.
    Thanks for the highlights, Una, it was great to read!

  10. CynthiaL permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:27

    I absolutely love them! They are the picture of perfection!

  11. Ashlee permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:34

    Yep. I’m officially speechless. I have no idea who is luckier, this wonderful woman with a wonderful man or this wonderful man with this wonderful woman.

    I’m thinking Xabi is the lucky one here.

    I hope they never change 🙂

  12. Jennifer permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:47

    Perfect is an understatement.

    I’m still in awe.

    • Jennifer permalink
      January 20, 2011 01:49

      Also, I didn’t heed your advice on alcohol. It was a very unwise choice.

  13. Marshmallow permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:48

    They are perfect *_______*

  14. Gilly B permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:51

    Best footballer-related fashion shoot I’ve ever seen, hands down. Lovely pictures and they capture the tenderness of these two so well.

  15. Kat A. permalink
    January 20, 2011 01:57

    So true!!! That really is why you can’t complain – she is his perfect complement :dreamy sigh: lol. I also love how he was late to a Vogue photoshoot because he made sure to pick his son up from school. They’re so down to earth and glamorous – I love it. I’m really becoming such a huge fan of his! And I see that he grabs a bite with Cristiano – that eliminates those rumors from before about them not getting along! Perhaps Xabi will teach Cristiano how to dress properly =P Anyway, Xabi is so great and I love him.
    Now I realize, I’ve said what I love a lot in this comment, but I have to say it one last time!

    I LOVE: “as he watches Nagore shoot her photos, he says, “she’s gorgeous, like always.”
    If there was anything left of my heart from this interview, it just melted.

  16. January 20, 2011 02:39

    This actually proves that there is justice in this world, because it would be a crime if either of them were wasted on less than perfection.

  17. Milleca permalink
    January 20, 2011 03:21

    I am just falling in love with them more and more and more.

  18. January 20, 2011 03:27

    I love what Xabi did there to get her number. HAHAHA! And the Clive Owen bit made my day [also because I’m a fan of Liverpool myself]! Nagore and Xabi are so cute! 😀

  19. Cindy permalink
    January 20, 2011 04:00

    My normal day can include going out to eat with Cristiano or Iker ”

    Hahahahah …This is a normal day. How can I have a normal day like this.

    • JulieFromParis permalink
      January 20, 2011 19:06

      Yeah, same here, can you picture yourself talking about your day? “Nothing extraordinary, just had lunch with Sergio. And Marcelo told me the funniest joke over the phone!!” lol, kinda cool no?? 🙂

  20. Chloe permalink
    January 20, 2011 04:01

    You can’t even be jealous about it. Not at all. They are truly perfect. They are just so down to earth, and yes, I will use the term that is associated far too often with Xabi, classy. They are so adorable, I don’t have enough words to explain it.

  21. Hala! permalink
    January 20, 2011 04:17

    Perfection Personified.

  22. January 20, 2011 04:17

    These two are such a cute, down to earth, NORMAL couple. It’s so refreshing to read something like this about people who are as famous as they are.

  23. Debsen permalink
    January 20, 2011 04:21

    They are sheer perfection. So lovely together and sexy. I love that he went to pick up Jon from school. And that after 8 years he still thinks she’s gorgeous (which she is). I laughed about them joking around about the Clive Owen bit. I mean, her husband is a hottie :). I love that she is smart and has her own interests/career.

    Oh, and, ha ha Iker needing tanner or more muscles.

  24. January 20, 2011 05:24

    nope, definitely don’t hate her =). “I thought he had forgotten his, but he wanted something else: he called his own phone with mine so that he would have my number, and I would have his” hehe that’s so amateur but sweet at the same time.

  25. Cammy permalink
    January 20, 2011 05:32

    OMG, thanks again for translating Una. They are now my favorite couple, that interview just shows how classy they really are. Perfect cannot be overused when referring to Xabi and Nagore.

  26. ToujoursPetite permalink
    January 20, 2011 07:05

    Xabi on twitter: it was Arbeloa who opened the account for me.
    – hahahah, but who else? haha

    – as he watches Nagore shoot her photos, he says, “she’s gorgeous, like always.”

    Another thing regular homosapien males can learn from Xabi: subtle and suave pick-up tactics. Nice.

  27. January 20, 2011 07:56

    Oh, wow.

    I mean, gorgeous as the clothes and shoes are (and they’d have to be, it’s Xabi and Nagore after all), the real killer is the way they look at each other. I like these outtakes even better than the pics that ended up in the magazine- thank you so much for sharing, Una!

  28. fatima permalink
    January 20, 2011 08:03

    I don’t even have words for how precious and adorable and PERFECT these two are. I mean, really.

  29. Ebrahim permalink
    January 20, 2011 08:07

    Xabi!!!! 🙂

  30. January 20, 2011 08:23

    Wow! Yes PERFECT! What else can we say? Such a lovely couple, I should be jealous but I can’t be thet are PERFECT for each other 🙂
    I love how he didn’t want to talk about the story of how they met! Xabi cutting the fruit is such a turn on.
    (Oh and its nice to see that the players make fun of their teammates’ appearances in magazines, that was a wonderful picture of Iker)
    I NEED the shoes Nagore wore for the interview.

  31. January 20, 2011 09:19

    I can’t get over how perfect they both are!

    Does anyone know if this is going to be in the February issue of Vogue Espana, or..? I need to get my hands on a copy of this for sure

  32. Debsen permalink
    January 20, 2011 14:33

    BTW, has anyone ever gotten Nagore’s reaction to when Xabi was kicked in the chest during the WC? Just curious.

    (I’m sure she was upset that her husband/father of their children was kicked like that!)

  33. January 20, 2011 18:07

    from the start to the end of the interview, i had a silly smile on my face, looks so cute together.

  34. Lauren permalink
    January 20, 2011 20:41

    Oh God this is such a classy couple and their relationship is like those in the movies. Just amazing! I hope I’ll marry a guy like Xabi, too! Who could ever say “no”?

  35. bopbopbeebop permalink
    January 21, 2011 14:18

    This man is perfect. So is his wife. She looks like a goddess, for real.

  36. Kat permalink
    January 22, 2011 08:30

    If Xabi introduced himself to me with “H,. I’m Xabi, a pleasure.” I would probably answer, “Yes you are indeed!”


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