Shakira speaks out for the first time about Pique and tax affairs: I just wanted to stay in bed

Shakira has given her first interview after all the controversies that have surrounded her in recent months, which are certainly not few.

The singer, who rose to prominence in 2010 after writing the song for the World Cup, has to deal with the recent separation from footballer Gerard Pique, determine the custody of her two sons and find a solution to the accusation made against her by the Spanish prosecutor’s office for alleged tax evasion.

Although all this remains to be resolved, the artist has not wanted to lose focus of her work and is already preparing her first album in five years after several very successful singles. Now, with the waters calmer, the Colombian singer has decided to explain the moment in which she finds herself, a phase she calls “her darkest hour”.

“I think that music is a life raft,” she told ELLE. “There have been days when I had to pick up the pieces of me from the floor.

“And the only way to do that, to actually do that, has been through music. You know, to really, like, put myself back together and to see myself in the mirror and know that I am a mom and my kids depend on me.”

Shakira then opened up about the break up specifically.

“Oh, this is really hard to talk about personally, especially as this is the first time I’ve ever addressed this situation in an interview,” she said.

“I’ve remained quiet and just tried to process it all. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about it, especially because I’m still going through it, and because I’m in the public eye and because our separation is not like a regular separation.

“And so it’s been tough not only for me, but also for my kids. Incredibly difficult. I have paparazzi camping outside, in front of my house, 24/7. And there’s not a place where I can hide from them with my kids, except for my own house.

“You know, we can’t take a walk in the park like a regular family or go have an ice cream or do any activity without paparazzi following us. So it’s hard. And I’ve tried to conceal the situation in front of my kids. I try to do it and to protect them, because that’s my number one mission in life.

“But then they hear things in school from their friends or they come across some disagreeable, unpleasant news online, and it just affects them, you know?”

She then defended herself of accusations of tax fraud from the Spanish authorities.

“I have to fight for what I believe; because these are false accusations. First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days per year at that time at all. I was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world. Second, I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. So as of today, I owe zero to them.

“And finally, I was advised by one of the four biggest tax specialist firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I was confident that I was doing things correctly and transparently from day one.

“It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities do this often not only with celebrities like me (or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Xabi] Alonso, and many more), it also happens unjustly to the regular taxpayer. It’s just their style. But I’m confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favour.”


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