Columbian born pop singer Shakira Mebarak and Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué welcomed their baby boy yesterday, at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain! His name is Milan Piqué Mebarak. Shakira proudly announced the new arrival both on Twitter and her official website.
The couple’s first child weighed approximately 6 lbs. 6 ounces, and both mother and child are in excellent health. Announcing his birth, the singer reveals that he is already to follow in the footsteps of his 25-year-old father, footballer Gerard Pique, stating:
“Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.”
The 35-year-old Colombian star tweeted her fans shortly after arriving at the Teknon Clinic, before going in to labour:
She also posted the same message in Spanish and was immediately filled with messages of support from her fans all over the world. She added:
“We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain.”
Milan is a city in Italy, famous for its fashion industry. According to a statement on Shakira’s website:
“The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.”
What do you think of Shakira’s son name? In the U.S., Milan is more commonly used as a girl’s name (ranking in the top 600 of girls’ names but it hasn’t hit the top 1000 boys’ names since 1955). But nowadays, there is a growing popularity of city and place names for boys and girls, for example London, Brooklyn, Camden, and Roman.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué invited friends and fans to join their online baby shower, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in support of the world’s most vulnerable babies.
Shakira announced her pregnancy in September after bowing out of a performance in Las Vegas. The couple has been dating for around two years and previously said he is the best thing to ever happen to her, until she got pregnant. She said:
“This man is the best thing that could have happened in my life. And now the baby!”
Shakira has signed on to be a judge on the upcoming season of the hit singing contest The Voice, broadcasted by NBC. She and R&B singer Usher will replace judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.
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