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.
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.