Second baby boy for pop star Shakira and footballer Pique

Shakira in a family photo from her Facebook page. The Colombian pop star has given birth to a baby boy, named Sasha, her second child with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, the celebrity couple annnounced on Friday. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK
Shakira in a family photo from her Facebook page. The Colombian pop star has given birth to a baby boy, named Sasha, her second child with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, the celebrity couple annnounced on Friday. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK

BARCELONA (AFP) - Colombian pop star Shakira has given birth to a baby boy, named Sasha, her second child with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, the celebrity couple annnounced on Friday.

"We are happy to announce the birth of Sasha Pique Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Pique, born January 29 at 9:54pm, in Barcelona," they said in a statement.

"The name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means 'defender of mankind' and 'warrior,'" they added.

"The hospital confirmed that both mother and child are in excellent health."

Sasha, whose birth weight has not yet been announced, is a younger brother for the celebrity couple's first child Milan, who turned two a week ago.

The Teknon clinic in Barcelona had been surrounded by reporters for several days in anticipation of the birth, which Spanish media reported was by Caesarean section.

Spanish international defender Pique, 27, met Shakira, 37, while she was filming a video of her song "Waka Waka" for the South Africa World Cup in 2010.

Her other hits include Whenever, Wherever and Hips Don't Lie with rapper Wyclef Jean.