Shakira Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Child is the first for singer and her soccer-star boyfriend

January 23, 2013 8:15 AM ET
Shakira in Cannes, France.
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This time it's for real: pop singer Shakira and her soccer-star boyfriend Gerard Piqué welcomed their first child yesterday, a few weeks after Piqué announced the birth on Twitter as a prank. The baby, a boy named Milan Piqué Mebarak, weighed six pounds, six ounces, Shakira's publicist said. 

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Milan's name means "dear, loving and gracious" in Slavic, "eager and laborious" in ancient Roman and "unification" in Sanskrit, according to a statement, which also noted that like his father, Milan became a member of the fan-owned FC Barcelona soccer club at birth.

Shakira and Piqué last week launched an online baby shower through Unicef, asking fans to donate life-saving supplies to children living in some of the world's poorest communities. The singer is also said to be working on a new album and will join Usher as one of two substitute coaches replacing Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera on the upcoming season of The Voice.

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