Shakira denies £13m million tax fraud allegations

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Shakira has responded to allegations of tax fraud made against her by the Spanish government.

The 45-year-old singer says all the allegations against her are “false” and that she has paid everything she owes to the government.

Last year, a judge ruled that Shakira should face trial in Spain for tax evasion of 14.5 million euros (£13 million).

They concluded there were “sufficient indications” for the Colombian singer to go to trial, after Spanish prosecutors accused her of six crimes. She could face imprisonment if found guilty.

Prosecutors claim the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer stopped paying taxes in Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and used shell companies to hide asset control between 2012 and 2014, with her name only appearing on models in countries considered tax havens .

However, Shakira claimed that between 2012 and 2014, her financial residence was in the Bahamas, so she was exempted from paying Spanish income tax.

She also claimed she was in Spain “intermittently” during that time, but prosecutors argued that she actually lived in Barcelona for more than six months a year.

In a new cover story for deerShakira said she “so far” does not owe “zero” money to the government.

“It is well known that Spanish tax authorities not only often do this to celebrities like me, but also happen unfairly to the average taxpayer,” she said, “It is just their style. But I am confident that I have sufficient evidence to support my case and that justice will be done.” prevail in my favour.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Shakira also broke her silence on her split from Gerard Pique, whom she had dated for over a decade, revealing that the breakup occurred during the “darkest hour” of her life.

“It’s really upsetting for two kids trying to process their parents’ separation. Sometimes I feel like this is all a bad dream and that I’m going to wake up at some point,” she said.

“But no, it’s real. The real thing is also the disappointment to see something as sacred and special as I thought was the relationship I had with the father of my children and I saw that turned into something vulgar and cheap by the media,” added Shakira.

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