September 22, (THEWILL) – Colombian pop singer and dancer, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, aka Shakira, has denied the $14.31 million tax evasion leveled against her.
She was accused of failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014 in Spain, a period in which she said she was leading a nomadic life because of her work.
The talented music act faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.
She vowed to fight Spanish authorities, claiming it was a false accusation, as she stated she had lodged 14.5 million euros (US$14.31 million) in taxes.
The singer reacted to the accusation in a recent interview.
“I have to fight for what I believe because these are false accusations, I owe zero to them”, Shakira said.
She added that the authorities only came after her with their eyes on the prize when they found out she was dating FC Barcelona soccer player, Gerard Pique, who is Spanish.
“While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent more than 240 days outside Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident.
“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”, she stated.
She further added that she had already paid what the Spanish tax office said she owed before they filed a lawsuit and was confident that she had behaved correctly and transparently from the beginning, suggesting the Spanish authorities resorted to an improper press campaign to damage her reputation.