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Shakira, Gerard Piqué welcome baby boy Milan Piqué Mebarak

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Shakira has given birth to her first child.

The popstar and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué welcomed baby boy Milan into the world today (January 22) at 9:36pm in Barcelona, Spain.

Shakira and boyfriend Gerard Piqué, UNICEF, January 2013

© Jaume Laiguana


[Shakira and Piqué in promotional shot for UNICEF]

He weighed approximately 6lbs 6oz, with mother and son both said to be in "excellent health".

A post on Shakira's official website confirmed the birth, explaining: "The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification."

It added: "Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth."

Shakira showing off her baby bump with boyfriend Gerard Piqué

© Instagram / Shakira


[Shakira and Piqué pose together in Twitter photo]

The birth - reportedly via caesarean - had first been announced by the popstar's Fund PiesDescalzos (Barefoot Foundation) on Twitter, which posted: "The team of the Barefoot Foundation are happy for the birth of Milan! Shaki We love you," before the tweet was swiftly deleted.

According to El Pais, Piqué was the only man present for the birth, as the Colombian singer had asked that the medical team be composed solely of women.

Shakira and Gerard Pique share ultrasound photo on Twitter.

© Twitter / Gerard Pique


[Ultrasound picture of baby previously shared by Shakira]

Earlier today, the 35-year-old tweeted: "I'd like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life."

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