Shakira reached an agreement with Spanish authorities, resolving a tax evasion case that could have led to a three-year prison sentence. The singer was fined £6.4 million in addition to a £15 million tax bill, averting a trial as the judge accepted the last-minute deal between the government and Shakira’s legal team.
This settlement covers income between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors alleged she owed 14.5 million euros to the Spanish state, citing her prolonged stay in Spain during that time, despite maintaining official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015.
Shakira’s defense argued that until 2014, she led a nomadic life due to international tours and moved permanently to Barcelona in early 2015, just before the birth of her second child. Despite her readiness to defend her innocence, Shakira chose to settle, expressing a desire to focus on her children and career, including an upcoming world tour and album. She acknowledged the emotional toll of the past years and aimed to reclaim her time for her family and professional pursuits.