Shakira is going through the hardest time of her life. The artist has been involved in a scandal for a long time, after trying to defraud the Spanish state. The star received her sentence today, when she appeared before the Spanish prosecutors, where she learned that she is good to pay. The artist accepted a fine of millions of euros so as not to end up behind bars.
Shakira escaped from prison
Shakira is in big trouble with the law after she stopped paying her taxes to the state. This ended up in the hands of the judges, after defrauding the state with over 14 million euros. Although he tried to apologize, he could not prove himself right and today he received his sentence.
Because she did not pay taxes to the state between 2012-2014, Shakira was judged. Prosecutors in Barcelona argued that the famous singer spent more than half of that two-year period in Spain and therefore should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.
Thus, the punishment for Shakira consisted of eight years and two months in prison and the payment of a fine of 23.5 million euros. Later, the judges decided that Shakira should be sentenced to three years in prison with suspension and to pay a fine of 7.3 million euros.
In order to escape prison, the star agreed to those established by the law enforcement officers and thus will end up paying this colossal amount.
“Do you recognize the facts and comply with the new sanctions that have been requested?” asked judge Jose Manuel del Amo Sanchez, to which Shakira answered affirmatively, a sign that she accepts the facts.
The artist, sensational appearance at the trial
At the same time, according to the information published by El Pais, Shakira is obliged to repay the amount with which she caused damage to the Spanish state, and in addition, to pay an additional fine of 430,000 euros.
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Shakira said that she wants to be an example for everyone, especially her children. The artist says that she took on the whole situation to protect the little ones from such incidents and to give them the peace they need.
“I have to choose my battles carefully. The most important thing now is to do everything for my children to have a peaceful life. The most important thing for me is to see them grow up and spend time with them. I didn’t want to make them suffer and see me go through a trial,” Shakira said.â
Shakira had a flawless appearance in front of the judges. She opted for an elegant look, consisting of a pink suit and a top in the same shade. She chose to wear a pale pink bag and matching sunglasses to hide the stress and pressure she was feeling.
Even though she was affected by what happened, the star smiled the whole time. She was surrounded by cameras, by the crowd of televisions present at the exit from the court, but she did not seem disturbed by their presence.
She always smiled at those who supported her and even greeted her fans who came to see her on one of the hardest days of her life.
Shakira had a successful 2023
At the age of 46, Shakira experienced a remarkable year professionally in 2023, although she did not excel personally. The Colombian singer also shone at the 24th edition of the Latin Grammys, held in Seville.
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He participated in events with numerous exceptional artists and managed to go home with three important awards: Song of the year, Urban Fusion/Performance and Pop Song. In total, the international artist received seven nominations.
At the big event, the star couldn’t help but mention her ex-partner, as well as the tax problems she’s facing, but also the critical situation of her father, who is dealing with several health complications.
The artist thanked everyone who supported her, the public who listens to her songs and helps her evolve. He mentioned that she is loved all over the world, but the people who really adore her are the people of Spain, Colombia, the United States and Latin America.
In addition, she confessed that she dedicates the awards she received to her two children, to whom she promised that she will always be happy and strong and will do her best to remain a strong and happy woman.
“What joy! I want to dedicate this award to my children, Milan and Sasha, because I promised them that I would be happy. I promised them that they will have a mother who will laugh with all her heart because she deserves it,” said the star.