Singer Shakira summoned by Spanish court over tax fraud

File photo of Shakira. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2019, 08.48 AM (IST)

‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer Shakira has been asked to appear in a Spanish court on June 12 over accusations of tax fraud.

The Colombian singer has apparently not paid 14.5 million euros ($16.5 million) in tax, the court in the Catalonia region said on Tuesday.

Shakira was summoned according to a court statement dated January 22. The said charges were filed in December claiming she failed to pay tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014, during which time they say she lived in the region.

Shakira's representatives said in a statement after the accusation was filed that the singer did not live in Spain until 2015 and had met all of her tax obligations.

Shakira is married to footballer Gerard Pique, who plays for Barcelona. They have two children together. 

Pique and Shakira, a couple since the start of the decade, have two children.