Shakira gives birth to a baby boy!
Columbian superstar Shakira and her boyfriend Gerard Piqué have welcomed a baby boy into the world, announcing the news on the singer’s official website today!
“We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain,” the announcement reads.
“The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification. Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.”
According to the announcement, little Milan was born weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and both mother and child “are in excellent health.”
Shakira also took the time to share the exciting news with her over 19 million Twitter followers, in both English and Spanish.
“I'd like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak,” she tweeted this morning.
The singer and her soccer-star boyfriend have also set up their own online charity baby shower through UNICEF, to help benefit underprivileged babies. Fans of the couple are encouraged to visit a virtual room on the site where they can learn about infant survival and purchase an “inspirational gift” to help babies around the world.
“Every couple that's expecting a baby shares our same dreams and hopes for their children,” Shakira, who is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, said when launching the program.
“However, many don't have the same opportunities we do to give them a happy childhood free of preventable and easily cured illnesses. Together we can change that.”
Congratulations Shakira and Gerard!
Written by Lucy Slight