Shakira puts on a brave face as she steps out with her sons in Miami following tax fraud charges

Shakira was spotted leaving Miami with her sons on Tuesday, following news that she might face up to eight years in prison for tax fraud.

The Colombian superstar, 45, put on a brave face around her boys Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine, as they made their way through the airport. She shares the kids with Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, 35, whom she recently split from following cheating accusations. 

It comes after the star has been warned by Spanish prosecutors that she could be jailed if she is found guilty of an alleged $15.5 million tax fraud. 

Staying strong: Shakira was spotted leaving Miami with her sons on Tuesday, following news that she might face up to eight years in prison for tax fraud

The Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker looked effortlessly chic in a peach summer dress, which she paired with white espadrille platforms.

She accessorized the look with a matching peach purse, which she wore looped over her wrist.

The beauty wore her voluminous brunette tresses parted in the middle and cascading down her shoulders. 

Brave face: The Colombian superstar, 45, put on a brave face around her boys Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine, as they made their way through the airport

Doting mom: The doting mom walked hand-in hand with her boys, who both sported matching outfits, consisting of red T-shirts and black shorts

Brave face: The Colombian superstar, 45, put on a brave face around her boys Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine, as they made their way through the airport

Chic: The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker looked effortlessly chic in a peach summer dress, which she paired with white espadrille platforms

Chic: The Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker looked effortlessly chic in a peach summer dress, which she paired with white espadrille platforms

The doting mom walked hand-in hand with her boys, who both sported matching outfits, consisting of red T-shirts and black shorts.

They also finalized their looks with athletic sneakers. At one point Sasha was seen giving his mom a gentle kiss on her hand 

Shakira has been warned she could be jailed for up to eight years if she is found guilty of an alleged $15.5 million tax fraud.

Mom of two: She shares the kids with Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, 35, whom she recently split from following cheating accusations

Mom of two: She shares the kids with Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, 35, whom she recently split from following cheating accusations

Stylish: She accessorized the look with a matching peach purse, which she wore looped over her wrist

Stylish: She accessorized the look with a matching peach purse, which she wore looped over her wrist

Effortless: The beauty wore her voluminous brunette tresses parted in the middle and cascading down her shoulders

Effortless: The beauty wore her voluminous brunette tresses parted in the middle and cascading down her shoulders

Doing okay: She was seen flashing a smile, despite the serious allegations she's facing

Doing okay: She was seen flashing a smile, despite the serious allegations she's facing

Doing okay: She was seen flashing a smile, despite the serious allegations she’s facing

Spanish prosecutors are also demanding a £19million fine for the 45-year-old singer, who is charged with six counts of defrauding the state between 2012 and 2014. 

It comes after the Colombian-born mother-of-two rejected an out-of-court settlement that would have involved her admitting wrongdoing.

She has already repaid the money she allegedly owes the treasury, along with interest believed to total £3million.

The charges were contained in an indictment submitted by prosecutors to the investigating court near Barcelona, and made public for the first time today. 

Legal issues: It comes after the star has been warned by Spanish prosecutors that she could be jailed if she is found guilty of an alleged $15.5 million tax fraud

Staying close: The protective mom kept her boys close to her as they walked

Legal issues: It comes after the star has been warned by Spanish prosecutors that she could be jailed if she is found guilty of an alleged $15.5 million tax fraud

Serious: Shakira - full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll - is accused of pretending to live abroad and using a complex offshore corporate structure to avoid tax

Serious: Shakira – full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll – is accused of pretending to live abroad and using a complex offshore corporate structure to avoid tax

The ex: She is accused of using the illegal arrangement from 2012 and 2014, when she was in a relationship with footballer Gerard Pique who lives and plays in Barcelona

The ex: She is accused of using the illegal arrangement from 2012 and 2014, when she was in a relationship with footballer Gerard Pique who lives and plays in Barcelona

Sweet! Sasha was seen giving his mom a gentle kiss on her hand

Sweet! Sasha was seen giving his mom a gentle kiss on her hand

Sweet! Sasha was seen giving his mom a gentle kiss on her hand 

Shakira – full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll – is accused of pretending to live abroad and using a complex offshore corporate structure to avoid tax.

She is accused of using the illegal arrangement from 2012 and 2014, when she was in a relationship with footballer Gerard Pique who lives and plays in Barcelona.

The couple – who have two children together – split earlier this year amid allegations in local media that Pique had been unfaithful.

Arriving: She was seen arriving to the airport in a black SUV

Arriving: She was seen arriving to the airport in a black SUV

Little gentleman: After Shakira got out of the car, Milan was seen closing the door behind her

Little gentleman: After Shakira got out of the car, Milan was seen closing the door behind her

Little gentleman: After Shakira got out of the car, Milan was seen closing the door behind her 

Stay with mom: She quickly grabbed her boys by the hand as they made their way inside

Stay with mom: She quickly grabbed her boys by the hand as they made their way inside

Shakira is said to have tried to rekindle the relationship twice but was rebuffed by Pique, before the pair confirmed their separation.

Despite the split, the couple seem to have remained on civil terms and have been seen attending their children’s sports games together. 

A spokesman for Shakira said: ‘Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm. 

Unfaithful: The singer and Pique split earlier this year amid allegations in local media that Pique had been unfaithful

Tried to make it work: Shakira is said to have tried to rekindle the relationship twice but was rebuffed by Pique, before the pair confirmed their separation

Unfaithful: The singer and Pique split earlier this year amid allegations in local media that Pique had been unfaithful

Cordial: Despite the split, the couple seem to have remained on civil terms and have been seen attending their children's sports games together

Cordial: Despite the split, the couple seem to have remained on civil terms and have been seen attending their children’s sports games together

‘Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case. 

‘Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process.’

Shakira, previously a tax resident in the Bahamas, only registered as a full tax resident in Spain in 2015.

Official residents in Spain pay Spanish taxes on their worldwide income.

People who spent more than 183 days in a given calendar year in Spain are considered Spanish residents for tax purposes.

Tax inspectors spent more than a year checking up on Shakira, even visiting her favourite hairdressers in Barcelona and checking her social media to try to show she spent most of the three years in dispute in Spain.

They concluded she had spent 242 days in Spain in 2012, 212 days in 2013 and 243 days in the country in 2014.

The report prosecutors submitted along with their criminal complaint alleged the time she spent out of Spain were ‘sporadic absences’ linked to work commitments.

Shakira has denied any wrongdoing. 

A spokesman for the signer said: ‘Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm. 

‘Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case.

‘Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process.’ 

A date for the trial has not yet been set with some analysts predicting an eleventh-hour deal could still be struck before Shakira is asked to take the stand.

The singer and Pique announced they had split in May after 11 years together amid unconfirmed reports the footballer had cheated.

The former couple are said to have spent the last few weeks negotiating the future of their two children because Shakira wants to move to Miami with them.

The alleged fraud took place around the time Shakira moved to Barcelona to live with partner Gerard Pique, who plays football in the city

The alleged fraud took place around the time Shakira moved to Barcelona to live with partner Gerard Pique, who plays football in the city

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