‘I need to move past the stress’: Shakira reaches deal to end tax fraud case in Spain

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Pop star Shakira has reached a deal with tax authorities in Spain, avoiding a 14.5m euro trial on the morning it was due to begin.

The Colombian pop star attended court on Monday and agreed to pay a fine of 7m euros (£6.1m). She waved and blew a kiss to bystanders as she walked in ahead of the short hearing.

In a statement sent to Sky News, Shakira said she had “always strived to do what’s right and set a positive example for others”.

Colombian singer Shakira and her lawyer Pau Molins arrive at court for her trial facing allegations of tax fraud in Barcelona, Spain November 20, 2023. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The agreement means a trial which had been due to include dozens of witnesses has now been called off, and prosecutors have dropped their demand for the star to be jailed.

The Hips Don’t Lie singer said her lawyers had been “confident” the court would rule in her favour.

However, she said she took the decision to resolve the matter before a trial “with the best interest of my kids at heart, who do not want to see their mom sacrifice her personal wellbeing in this fight”.

Shakira, 46, had faced six counts of failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5m euros (about £12.7m) in taxes between 2012 and 2014.

The case centred around where she was living at the time, and she had denied any wrongdoing.

In her statement, Shakira said she had sought “the advice of the world’s preeminent tax authorities PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and Ernst & Young Global Limited”, her advisors throughout the process.

“Unfortunately, and despite these efforts, tax authorities in Spain pursued a case against me as they have against many professional athletes and other high-profile individuals, draining those people’s energy, time, and tranquility for years at a time,” she said.

“I need to move past the stress and emotional toll of the last several years and focus on the things I love – my kids and all the opportunities to come in my career, including my upcoming world tour and my new album, both of which I am extremely excited about.

“I admire tremendously those who have fought these injustices to the end, but for me, today, winning is getting my time back for my kids and my career.”

The settlement comes after the star was named one of the big winners at the Latin Grammys at the weekend, taking home three awards.

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