Shakira

Shakira may be in the “darkest hour” of her life right now. But she will make her way into the light.

Before releasing her first new music album in five years, the singer told Elle Magazine about the Spanish government tax fraud case, in which she might be jailed for up to eight years if proven guilty. 

Shakira turned down the settlement offer – the specs weren’t disclosed, leading to the tax evasion lawsuit being brought to court.

Previously, she was alleged to have failed to pay $15 million in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, a time of which the superstar says she did not live there. 

According to court documents seen by Reuters, Shakira lived there during that time due to the record of her buying a home in Barcelona in 2012. (Her official address was listed as the Bahamas.) 

Aside from imprisonment, the filing calls for a $24 million fine if convicted.

The star repulsed the Spanish government’s allegations as “false accusations,” sharing with Elle that she plans to stand against the case as a “matter of principle.” 

Shakira claims she has not lived in the country for the required 183 days for tax purposes,  due to her being “busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world.” 

“I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit,” she stated. 

“So, as of today, I owe zero to them. And finally, I was advised by one of the four biggest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one.” 

Shakira Will Fight 

Shakira argues everything is equal for the course when we talk about the Spanish tax authorities and the strategy they are utilizing against her, other prominent personalities, and the “regular taxpayer.”

“However, even without evidence to support these fictional claims, as they usually do, they’ve resorted to a salacious press campaign to try to sway people and apply pressure in the media along with the threat of reputational damage in order to coerce settlement agreements,” she elaborated. 

“It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities do this often not only with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso, and more), it also happens unjustly to the regular taxpayer.

“It’s just their style. But I’m confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.” 

No date has been announced yet for Shakira’s trial.

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