Colombian singer Shakira has reportedly paid Spanish tax authorities nearly £18 million after being warned she could be prosecuted for alleged tax fraud.
The performer is said to have handed over the six-figure sum to settle a 2011 tax debt after Spanish authorities asked prosecutors to look into her financial affairs between 2011 and 2014 after claiming she could have evaded paying the proper taxes.
Respected Catalan newspaper El Periodico has revealed that Shakira, 41, paid £17.65 million for the 2011 tax year and could subsequently launch an appeal against the tax office demand.
The star's 2011 tax return was understood to be one of the four at the centre of the dispute between Shakira and Spanish authorities which was outside the prosecution time limit and could only be settled via administrative proceedings.
The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker is reportedly still being probed over her tax returns for the following three years.
This comes after Spain's Tax Agency argued Shakira was living in Spain during that period and therefore should have paid income tax on her worldwide earnings and not just earnings obtained in Spain, as reported by respected Catalan daily La Vanguardia.
The Barcelona-based singer, previously tax resident in the Bahamas, registered as a full tax resident in Spain in 2015.
Sources close to Shakira, who became a full tax resident in Spain in 2015, told La Vanguardia she had always met her tax obligations and was ready to abide by the 'economic consequences' of what they considered could be simple differences in 'evaluation criteria' rather than a deliberate attempt to evade taxes.
At the time the news came to light, the Catalan paper reported Spanish prosecutors could go after Shakira for 'several dozen million euros' if they agreed with the tax authorities' take on the situation and could even demand a possible prison sentence.
The singer's tax experts are expected to insist she was in Spain less than 183 days for the years in question - and so was not required to pay wealth tax on her worldwide assets as well as her earnings in Spain.
Shakira was named in the recent Paradise Papers scandal after it was revealed late last year she transferred £30million in musical rights to an offshore firm in Malta.
Her lawyer Ezequiel Camerini told Spanish news website El Confidencial the singer lived in Barcelona - but quoted him as justifying her links to a tax haven on the basis that 'as an international artist, she had lived in several places in the course of her professional life, acting in total accordance with the laws of all the jurisdictions she resides in.'
Shakira, full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, separated from Antonio de la Rua, son of a former Argentinian president, in August 2010 before starting a relationship with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique in 2011.
They have two children Milan, who turned five on Monday, and Sasha, who will turn four at the end of January.
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Shakira for comment.
Source: Daily Mail