Shakira says Spanish tax board waging a ‘salacious’ marketing campaign

Shakira says Spanish tax collectors “started to salivate” after they noticed she was relationship soccer star Gerard Piqué, a local of Barcelona. And she or he says these authorities are utterly within the incorrect relating to $16 million she allegedly didn’t pay in taxes from 2012 to 2014.

The Colombian singer was charged with tax evasion in Spain in 2018. Authorities mentioned in July that they might ask a court docket to condemn Shakira to eight years and two months in jail if she’s convicted.

However she’s not budging.

She informed Elle in an interview revealed Wednesday that she needed to battle the costs as a result of the accusations are false. She says she didn’t qualify as a resident of Spain throughout the years she is accused of tax evasion.

“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,” Shakira mentioned.

“Second, I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. 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 mentioned tax authorities have been mounting a “salacious press campaign” to use strain — as in, the specter of reputational injury — in hopes of eliciting a settlement deal. She accused them of monitoring her whereabouts by way of social media as soon as she began relationship footballer Piqué in 2011.

“While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent more than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident,” she mentioned.

“The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started to salivate. It’s clear they wanted to go after that money no matter what. … They knew I wasn’t in Spain the required time, that Spain wasn’t my place of work or my source of income, but they still came after me, with their eyes on the prize.”

Shakira mentioned she was assured that justice would prevail in her favor when the case goes to trial. “I have enough proof.”

And if that’s not sufficient to handle, the singer has additionally been coping with the breakup of her high-profile marriage — with the attendant tabloid consideration on her and her youngsters — in addition to her well being points.

“I have paparazzi camping outside, in front of my house, 24/7,” she mentioned. “And there’s not a place where I can hide from them with my kids, except for my own house. You know, we can’t take a walk in the park like a regular family or go have an ice cream or do any activity without paparazzi following us. So it’s hard.”

The connection she had with Piqué has been cheapened by the media, she mentioned, which is so disappointing.

This, Shakira mentioned, “is probably the darkest hour of my life.”