International Star Shakira Finds Resolution, Puts Focus on Kids and Exciting Future Projects
International music sensation Shakira has successfully resolved a prolonged tax dispute with Spanish authorities, bringing an end to legal proceedings that had been ongoing for several years. The 46-year-old singer had faced charges of tax evasion, with Spanish prosecutors alleging non-payment of over 14.5 million euros (£13 million) for the years 2012 to 2014.
In a statement provided to the PA news agency, Shakira expressed her commitment to integrity in both her professional and personal endeavors. The renowned artist highlighted her dedication to seeking expert advice from prominent tax authorities, including PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and Ernst & Young Global Limited, throughout the entire process. Shakira, known for hits such as “Hips Don’t Lie,” emphasized her determination to defend her innocence in a trial that her legal team believed would rule in her favor. Despite her resolve, the singer made the decision to resolve the matter, citing the well-being of her children as a primary consideration.
Shakira has reached a settlement with Spanish prosecutors after being accused of failing to pay more than €14.5 million (which converts to about $15.8 million) in taxes between 2012 to 2014. https://t.co/kLdJGjf9Gu
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In her statement, Shakira shared, “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.” Acknowledging the challenges faced by many high-profile individuals in similar legal battles, Shakira expressed admiration for those who continued to fight against injustices. However, she emphasized that, for her, the priority was reclaiming time for her children and refocusing on her flourishing career. Shakira, who shares two sons, Milan and Sasha, with footballer Gerard Pique, concluded the statement by expressing gratitude for the support received and anticipation for the future endeavors that lie ahead