In this undated photo provided by UNICEF, Columbian born singer Shakira poses while pregnant with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué. World-famous singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué are inviting friends and fans today to join their online baby shower, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in support of the world's most vulnerable babies. At the baby shower, inspired gifts cost as little as $5, which can buy a mosquito net to ensure a sleeping child stays safe from malaria, one of the leading causes of child death worldwide. For $10 guests can buy polio vaccines to protect 17 children from contracting this incurable viral infection, while US$37 purchases a baby-weighing scale to monitor growth in the first critical years of life. -- ST PHOTO: AP
MADRID (AFP) - Colombian pop star Shakira and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on Wednesday announced the birth of their son Milan.
"We are pleased to announce the birth of Milan Pique Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Pique, on January 22 at 9:36 pm (4.36am Singapore time), in Barcelona, Spain," the pair said on Twitter.
They said Milan "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".
The baby weighed in at almost 3kg and both Shakira and Milan "are in excellent health", the singer and the football star said in their statement.