EXCLUSIVE: Shakira puts on a brave face as she's spotted leaving Miami airport with her sons after it was revealed she could face EIGHT YEARS in prison for tax fraud

  • Shakira was spotted leaving Miami with her sons Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine, on Tuesday 
  • The Colombian superstar, 45, made her way through the airport hand-in-hand with her boys, whom she shares with ex-partner Gerard Piqué, 35 
  • It comes after the star has been warned by Spanish prosecutors that she could be jailed for eight years if she is found guilty of an alleged $15 million tax fraud
  • She is accused of dodging taxes between 2012 and 2014 while living in Barcelona 

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

The singer is accused of pretending on tax documents to live abroad from 2012 to 2014, when she was actually a resident of Spain, authorities from the country claim. Shakira called Barcelona home while together with soccer star Gerard Piqué, 35, who plays for the city. The pair, who share two young sons, are now split following accusations that Piqué was unfaithful. 

Shakira is said to be planning to leave the country trying to jail her, and eyeing a permanent move to Miami ⁠— where she was seen stepping off a plane with her boys Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine. It appears the trio were arriving from Los Angeles, California, where they attended an LA Dodger's game, according to Shakira's Instagram

The Colombian superstar, 45, has already repaid the $15.5 million she is accused of evading on Spanish taxes, as well as over $3 million in interest. 

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 PricewaterhouseCoopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm.'

Shakira put on a brave face around her sons as they made their way through the airport.

Shakira is said to be planning to leave the country trying to jail her, and eyeing a permanent move to Miami ⁠— where she was seen stepping off a plane with her boys Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine

Shakira is said to be planning to leave the country trying to jail her, and eyeing a permanent move to Miami ⁠— where she was seen stepping off a plane with her boys Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine

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. 

The songbird was fresh-faced for the arrival in Florida — her rumored potential new home base — letting her natural beauty shine through, wearing just a touch of black eyeliner and pink lipstick. 

Amid the tax scandal and ongoing divorce, Shakira's social media presence has been dedicated to images related to her work. Instagram posts on her public account have been primarily of her new reality competition show on NBC, 'Dancing With Myself,' where she is a judge alongside singer Nick Jonas and YouTube personality Liza Koshy.

The singer strayed from that business-minded public profile on Tuesday to post a rare photo with her sons enjoying a day at Dodger's stadium in Los Angeles.

'Thanks to the Dodgers for making my kids feel at home,' Shakira wrote to accompany a photo on her Instagram account where she posed with three of the team's players and her children.

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

It appears the trio were arriving from Los Angeles, California, where they attended an LA Dodger's game, according to a recent post on Shakira's Instagram  

The singer and her ex husband Gerard Pique announced they had split in May after 11 years together amid unconfirmed reports the footballer had cheated. The former couple are said to be negotiating the future home of their two children, as Shakira wants to move to Miami with them

The singer and her ex husband Gerard Pique announced they had split in May after 11 years together amid unconfirmed reports the footballer had cheated. The former couple are said to be negotiating the future home of their two children, as Shakira wants to move to Miami with them

The doting mom walked hand-in hand with her boys on Tuesday, who both sported matching outfits, consisting of red T-shirts and black shorts. They finalized their looks with athletic sneakers. At one point Sasha was seen giving his mom a gentle kiss on her hand. 

The singer last posted a picture on Instagram with her sons in early May in honor of Mother's Day. The sweet snap featured the two boys kissing their mother on her cheeks on what appears to be a family beach day. 

'With one kiss they can cure it all and make it worth your while to keep fighting for them,' she wrote under the post. The caption could be in reference to custody negotiations with Piqué, or to her potential jail sentence that would see her separated from her children for nearly half their childhoods. 

Shakira has been warned she could be jailed for up to eight years if she is found guilty of the alleged $15.5 million tax fraud. If sentenced to the full extent, the mother would be released when her children, now seven and nine, are well into their teen years.  

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 fine of $24.5 million for the 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 over $3million.

The charges were contained in an indictment submitted by prosecutors to the investigating court near Barcelona.

Legal issues: It comes after the star has been warned by Spanish prosecutors that she could be jailed for eight years if she is found guilty of an alleged $15 million tax fraud
Staying close: The protective mom kept her boys close to her as they walked

Shakira is said to have tried to rekindle the relationship with her boys' father twice, but was rebuffed by Pique, before the pair confirmed their separation

Fine: Spanish prosecutors are also demanding a fine of $24.5 million for the singer, who is charged with six counts of defrauding the state between 2012 and 2014

Fine: Spanish prosecutors are also demanding a fine of $24.5 million for the singer, who is charged with six counts of defrauding the state between 2012 and 2014

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

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.

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. 

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 

Fresh faced: The songbird was fresh-faced for the outing, letting her natural beauty shine through, wearing just a touch of black eyeliner and pink lipstick

Fresh faced: The songbird was fresh-faced for the outing, letting her natural beauty shine through, wearing just a touch of black eyeliner and pink lipstick 

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

The couple split earlier this year amid allegations in local media that Pique had been unfaithful. 

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. 

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

A move to Miami? 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

A move to Miami? 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

'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.

Law abiding citizen: A spokesman for Shakira said of the tax fraud allegations: 'Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer'

Law abiding citizen: A spokesman for Shakira said of the tax fraud allegations: 'Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer'

Confident: 'Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process,' they added

Confident: 'Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process,' they added

Investigation: Tax inspectors spent more than a year checking up on the star, 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
The conclusion: They concluded she had spent 242 days in Spain in 2012, 212 days in 2013 and 243 days in the country in 2014

Investigation: Tax inspectors spent more than a year checking up on the star, 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

No settlement: It comes after she rejected an out-of-court settlement that would have involved her admitting wrongdoing

No settlement: It comes after she rejected an out-of-court settlement that would have involved her admitting wrongdoing

No wrongdoing: Shakira has denied any wrongdoing

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

No date: 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

No date: 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

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.

Father of her kids: The alleged fraud took place around the time Shakira moved to Barcelona to live with Gerard, who plays football in the city; Pictured in 2014

Father of her kids: The alleged fraud took place around the time Shakira moved to Barcelona to live with Gerard, who plays football in the city; Pictured in 2014

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

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