With her trial date set, Shakira faces up to eight years in prison if found guilty of tax fraud.
The 45-year-old Colombian singer is being tried in a Spanish court on six counts of tax evasion committed between 2012 and 2014.
Allegations against her emerged in 2021 when she was accused of employing shell companies to hide her financial interests. It was also suggested that she only signed her name on documents in countries that are not subject to income tax.
The singer of “Hips Don’t Lie” is being accused of dodging taxes to the tune of €14.5m (£13m).
Singer Shakira has denied any wrongdoing and said she has settled all outstanding debts to the government.
She claimed that she did not have to pay Spanish income tax between 2012 and 2014 because the Bahamas was her “fiscal residence.”
The singer claimed she only spent “sporadic” time in Spain during that period, but prosecutors said she spent over half the year in Barcelona.
The singer could go to jail if she is found guilty.
When Shakira first took to the microphone, she was just 13 years old; it wasn’t until her fifth studio album, 2001’s Laundry Service, that she finally broke through internationally. Both “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” was featured as singles from the album.
Since then, she’s been a coach on two seasons of The Voice in the United States, performed at the Super Bowl halftime show alongside Jennifer Lopez, and performed the official World Cup song for 2010 with her rendition of “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”.