Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain for her alleged failure to pay $16.4m in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
According to the Guardian, Spanish prosecutors claimed the Colombian superstar avoided paying millions in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while residing in Catalonia. In docs obtained by the publication, Shakira updated docs to reflect her move from the Bahamas to Barcelona in 2015, after she’d already been living in Spain with her partner, Gerard Pique, for years prior.
As a result, prosecutors say she missed out on taxes for those years, since she was, in fact, a resident and her travel abroad was for short periods for work. They’re demanding she pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.
In the meantime, a judge will decide if the matter will go to trial.