The Colombian singer Shakira and her boyfriend, professional soccer player Gerard Pique, welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday, according to Shakira’s personal website.
“We are happy to announce the birth of Milan, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain,” the statement read. “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification. “
His name is therefore full of great significance.
Milan weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, it sounds like his parents are already planning for his future and hoping the little one will follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth,” the note continued.
Shakira had hinted to her more than 19 million Twitter followers that her baby was on the way earlier on Tuesday, writing, “I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak”
Just last week, Shakira (35) and her 25-year-old baby daddy announced they were throwing a “virtual baby shower” to support UNICEF and while they said they would “soon be welcoming” their first child, they didn’t specify when. The couple – who confirmed their relationship for the first time almost two years ago – reportedly had scheduled the birth so that Pique could make sure he was there to welcome the newborn.