“The Darkest Hour of My Life”: Shakira On Her “Incredibly Difficult” Breakup From Gerard Piqué, “Fictional” Tax Evasion Claims

Shakira has been through a lot of personal turmoil over the past year, but the pop star is finally ready to speak out about her split from her longtime partner. Gerard Piqueand the allegations of tax evasion leveled against them by the Spanish government.

The singer explained this in a new interview ell that the last few months have been “the darkest hour of my life,” though she refused to explain the reason for her and Piqué’s split. “It’s really hard to talk about this personally, especially as this is the first time I’ve addressed this situation in an interview,” she said. “I stayed still and tried to process everything. Um, and yeah, it’s hard to talk about, mostly because I’m still going through it and because I’m in the public eye and because our breakup isn’t like a normal breakup.” Shakira and Piqué first announced in June of this year announced they were ending their relationship after 12 years together. The couple released a joint statement at the time, which read: “We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the sake of our children, who are our top priority, we ask that you respect their privacy.”

Shakira further pointed out that her children’s feelings make this situation particularly delicate. “It was hard not only for me but also for my children,” she confided. “Incredibly difficult. I have paparazzi camping outside my house 24/7. And there is no place I can hide from them with my children except in my own house. You know, we can’t walk in the park like a normal family or go out for ice cream or do anything without paparazzi following us. So it’s hard. And I tried to hide the situation from my children. I try to do it and protect her because that is my most important mission in life. But then they hear things at school from their friends or they come across some uncomfortable, uncomfortable news online, and it just affects them, you know? The musician and her ex are parents to two sons, aged 9 Milan and 7 year old Sascha.

In addition to the split, the Grammy winner is also dealing with her father being in intensive care and being accused of tax evasion by the Spanish government. But Shakira called these “false allegations” against her completely “fictitious.” She explained: “First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days a year [in Spain] back then at all. I was busy fulfilling my professional obligations around the world. Second, I paid everything they said I owed even before they filed a lawsuit. So, as of today, I don’t owe them anything. Finally, I was advised by one of the top four tax firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers, so I felt confident from day one to do things right and transparently.” Cheated millions of dollars in taxes. And in July, a Spanish prosecutor announced that the government is seeking an eight-year prison sentence and a €23 million fine if found guilty. No trial date has been set yet, but Shakira said so ell that she is “confident” that she has “enough evidence” to win her case. She concluded: “Justice will prevail in my favor.”

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