A delicate situation. Shakira is caught in the middle of a fierce battle with Spanish authorities over the allegation that she failed to pay nearly $14 million in taxes.
In 2018, prosecutors in the European country accused the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer of withholding 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014. At the time, Shakira’s official residence was listed in the Bahamas, but tax authorities claimed she resided in the Catalonia region at the time, meaning she owed taxes to Spain.
The Grammy winner has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying the Spanish government is trying to make an example of her. “I didn’t spend 183 days a year [in Spain] at this time at all,â the âShe Wolfâ singer said. She in September 2022. âI was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world. Second, I paid everything they claimed I owed, before they even started a lawsuit. So, as of today, I owe them nothing.
Shakira also pointed out the similarities between her case and those of other celebrities who breached Spanish tax authorities. In 2017, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of tax evasion of almost 15 million euros between 2010 and 2014. He was later sentenced to 23 months in prison, but avoided prison after agreeing to pay a fine of almost 19 million euros.
The investigation into Shakira’s finances began after her name appeared in the Paradise Papers, a leaked November 2017 document on offshore investments. The leak revealed that the Latin Grammy winner’s “musical assets, intellectual property rights and trademarks” were owned by a Malta-based company, which has been accused of operating as a tax haven. A lawyer for the musician said The Guardian when the Maltese company “satisfies all legal requirements”.
Shakira lived on and off in Spain for years, buying a house in Barcelona in 2012 with her then-boyfriend Gerard pricks. The Colombia native and soccer star – who share sons Milan and Sasha – broke up in June 2022 after 12 years together.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the duo said in a joint statement at the time. “For the well-being of our children, which is our top priority, we ask that you respect their privacy.”
In September 2022, Shakira admitted that the tax evasion allegations and her split from Pique had caused one of the “most difficult and darkest hours” of her life. “It was difficult not only for me, but also for my children,” she said. She at the time. “Incredibly difficult.”
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