Shakira says the tax fraud allegations against her are “false”.

The 45-year-old pop star faces up to eight years in prison after allegedly racking up six separate counts of tax fraud totaling £12.2m, but she has decided to fight the charges and insisted that she had not spent more than 183 days in the country, which would have made the Spanish government consider her an official citizen.

She said: “I have to fight for what I believe in because these are false accusations. First of all, at that time I did not spend 183 days a year at all. I have been busy with my professional commitments around the world. , I paid everything they claimed I owed before they even sued. So, as of today, I don’t owe them. And finally, I was advised by one of the world’s four largest tax firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing everything correctly and transparently from day one.”

The Objections hitmaker, who also faces a £19.2million fine, called the Spanish government’s claims “bogus” and said the authorities often do this to celebrities as well as “ordinary taxpayers”. “

She told ELLE: “However, even without evidence to support these fabricated claims, as they usually do, they resorted to a sleazy campaign in the press to try to sway people and put pressure on the media, along with threats to damage the reputation of the It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities bodies often do this to more than just celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso and more), but it is also unfair to ordinary taxpayers. It’s just their style. But I am confident that I have enough evidence to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.”

Grammy Award-winning star, born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in Colombia, accused of impersonation

living abroad to avoid paying taxes, despite moving to Barcelona in 2011 to be with her ex, Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, 35, with whom she has sons Milan, nine, and Sasha, seven.

Tax inspectors are said to have spent more than a year scrutinizing the “Whenever, Wherever” singer and even visited her regular hairdressers in Barcelona before scouring her social media to try to show she spent the better part of three years in controversy in


They concluded that she spent 242 days in Spain in 2012, 212 days in 2013 and 243 days in the country in 2014.

A report submitted by prosecutors claimed the time she spent outside Spain was a “sporadic absence” related to work.

When the case first came to light in July 2022, a representative for Shakira said: “Shakira has always cooperated and complied with the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and taxpayer, and faithfully following advice

PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and internationally recognized tax firm. Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses every second dispute with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and lead another baseless case. Shakira is sure that by the end of the trial, her innocence will be proven.”

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