World-famous for songs like “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever,” Shakira gained three Grammys and carried out on the Tremendous Bowl in 2020. For almost 4 years, nonetheless, she’s confronted multimillion-dollar tax evasion prices in Spain — which she rejects as totally baseless.
The Colombian pop star informed Elle on Wednesday that prosecutors had been incorrect to say that she spent 183 days in Spain every year 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 prices 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, Decide Marco Juberías discovered “sufficient evidence of criminality” to suggest 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 stated she rejected a plea deal and opted for a trial as a result of “I was confident that I was doing things correctly.”
“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 comparable to her troublesome breakup with soccer participant Gerard Piqué. She stated 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 buddies boosting her temper till the time comes. From rapper Will.i.am sending her prayers to Coldplay’s Chris Martin usually checking in, Shakira seems to haven’t any scarcity of help.
Learn the complete interview on Elle.