Shakira opens up about dealing with tax evasion allegations

Singer Shakira has denied tax evasion despite the allegations.

Prosecutors in Spain have allegedly that the 45-year-old failed to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes to the Spanish state between 2012 and 2014.

The entertainer faces eight years in prison and spoke to him ell why she chooses to fight the allegations.

“Because I have to fight for what I believe in; because these are false accusations. First, I didn’t spend 183 days a year at all back then. I’ve been busy fulfilling my professional obligations around the world,” she said. “Second, I paid everything they said I owed even before they filed a lawsuit,” she said.

Shakira also claims “as of today” that she owes them “zero”.


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“And finally, I was advised by one of the four largest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopersso I felt confident from day one that I was doing things right and transparently,” she added.

She continued, “But even without evidence to support these fictitious claims, as they usually do, they resorted to a racy press campaign to try to influence people and exerted media pressure, along with the threat of Defamation to force settlement agreements. As is well known, the Spanish tax authorities often do this not only with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo Neymar [Xabi] Alonso and many more), it also wrongly happens to the regular taxpayer. It’s just her style.”

Shakira also said she is confident she has enough evidence to support her case and that justice will prevail in her favour. She plans to have her day in court because “it’s a matter of principle.”

Amid the allegations and the divorce, Shakira said she is grateful for the love and support she has received from family and friends.

“Anytime life tries you, I think you always find a helping hand to hold on to while you cry. I think even when you feel like you’re falling into an abyss and that abyss has no end, there’s always some kind of safety net at the bottom,” she said.

She continued, “And that safety net is formed by family and friends. And if you’ve got things right, you’ll find that helping hand. And friendship, they say, is the purest form of love, and perhaps the most enduring. It was so amazing to find the support of so many colleagues, not just friends but colleagues, people who kept checking me on.”

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