Shakira Opens Up About Tax Fraud Trial: ‘I’ve Paid Everything They Claimed I Owed’

World-famous for songs like “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever,” Shakira received three Grammys and carried out on the Tremendous Bowl in 2020. For practically 4 years, nonetheless, she’s confronted multimillion-dollar tax evasion expenses in Spain — which she rejects as completely baseless.

The Colombian pop star informed Elle on Wednesday that prosecutors have been improper to say that she spent 183 days in Spain annually from 2012 to 2014 and thus certified as a tax-paying resident. She was indicted after itemizing the Bahamas as her residence and now faces as much as eight years in jail.

“I have to fight for what I believe,” she informed Elle, “because these are false accusations. First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days per year at that time at all. I was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world. Second, I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit.”

Spanish prosecutors initially filed expenses towards Shakira in December 2018, accusing her of failing to pay 14.5 million euros (then $16.3 million) in taxes. Following a virtually three-year probe, Choose Marco Juberías discovered “sufficient evidence of criminality” to advocate that her case go to trial.

Shakira informed Elle that she was suggested throughout her tax filings by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which she rightly described as “one of the four biggest tax specialist firms in the world.” She mentioned she rejected a plea deal and opted for a trial as a result of “I was confident that I was doing things correctly.”

Shakira and soccer participant Gerard Piqué, pictured in 2016, separated earlier this 12 months after greater than a decade collectively as a pair.

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“Even without evidence to support these fictional claims … [Spanish tax authorities have] 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 informed Elle.

Shakira’s feedback come at what she known as “the darkest hour of my life,” amid different troubles similar to her troublesome breakup with soccer participant Gerard Piqué. She mentioned Piqué’s nationality had additionally unwittingly worsened her authorized ordeals.

“While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour,” she informed Elle. “I spent more than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident. The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started to salivate.”

She continued: “It’s clear they wanted to go after that money no matter what. Even for the next few years, I was traveling the world, working nonstop. … But they still came after me.”

Whereas a trial date has but to be set within the tax fraud case, the embattled singer has some high-profile associates boosting her temper till the time comes. From rapper Will.i.am sending her prayers to Coldplay’s Chris Martin recurrently checking in, Shakira seems to don’t have any scarcity of help.

Learn the total interview on Elle.