Shakira is standing firm about her innocence.
The singer denies evading any taxes in Spain. Shakira was accused by the Spanish government of evading millions in taxes. If she’s found guilty, she could face up to eight years behind bars.
Shakira Says She’s Innocent Amid Tax Evasion Case!
It’s alleged that she skipped out on paying $14.7 million in taxes when she lived in Spain between 2012 to 2104. Shakira claims she did not live in Spain during this period of time.
During this time period, Shakira’s main residence was in the Bahamas, but prosecutors say she lived a majority of the time in Spain.
Her former partner, Gerard Piqué, lives in Barcelona, Spain due to his career with FC Barcelona.
In addition to the mounting allegations against her, she’s currently wrapped up in a bitter custody battle with her cheating ex-partner, Gerard Piqué.
In a new interview with Elle for their digital cover story, Shakira admitted she’s endured the “darkest hours” of her life amid the Spanish government’s accusations.
Shakira Insists She’s Paid Everything She Owed
“I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit,” she told Elle magazine. “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 calls the Spanish government’s claims “false accusations,” and she plans to fight the case as a “matter of principle.”
“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 explained.
Shakira added that “Spanish tax authorities do this often” not just to celebrities but also to the “regular taxpayer.”
The Colombian-native also dove into her recent split from her partner of nearly 12 years.
It’s Hard For Shakira To Talk About Breakup From Piqué
Piqué has moved on with an employee of his since their June breakup. On the other hand, Shakira has kept quiet… on purpose.
“It’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our separation is not like a regular separation,” she said. “And so it’s been tough not only for me, but also for my kids.”
Shakira and Piqué welcomed two sons, Milan (9) and Sasha (7) during their nearly 12-year relationship.
The “Waka Waka” singer said the paparazzi have been camping outside of her home since news of their split and Piqué’s alleged affair made headlines.
She’s been working hard to “protect” her children amid all the hustle and bustle surrounding her life.
Reports claim Shakira caught Piqué in bed with another woman and that’s what led to their breakup, but she says their split was due to a matter of their differing careers.
They could either move to the US for her music career or stay in Barcelona so Piqué could continue to play fútbol for FC Barcelona.
Shakira Sacrificed Her Career For Gerard Piqué
“One of the two had to make that effort and that sacrifice. And I did it. I put my career in second gear, and I came to Spain to support him so he could play [soccer] and win titles. And it was a sacrifice of love,” she said.
Shakira felt like she “had to support” Piqué’s dreams over her own.
“Once Milan started school, at the end of 2014, I knew that my constant travel and nomadic existence had to be put on the back burner and my career had to be put in second gear,” she explained. “I knew that when he started school, I had to settle down, plant roots in Barcelona and be there for him and for Gerard and then later on for Sasha as well.”
Shakira declined to share other factors adding to their breakup, telling the outlet that they are too “raw and new.”