The Voice Coach, Shakira Welcomes a Baby Boy

Shakira and her soccer star boyfriend, Gerard Pique, welcome a baby boy! So THAT’S out of the way before her coaching stint with The Voice, Season 4 begins! Ha, just kidding. Congrats to the new parents: Here’s the announcement from her official website:

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.

The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.

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

The hospital confirmed that the couple’s first child weighed approximately 6lbs. 6 ounces, and that both mother and child are in excellent health.

The Voice audition episodes, which have already been filmed, premiere on NBC in March. Shakira and Usher will take the place of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green who are taking a break in order to tend to their careers. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton remain on the panel.

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  • Mateja Praznik

    Slavic name, huh? It would be great if Slavic names became the next fad in baby names.

  • girlygirltoo

    congrats to them

  • forwarddad

    Never knew her last name.

  • Katie’s Uvula

    Does anyone know why the baby is taking on Shakira’s last name and using the father’s middle name as a middle name? Usually its reverse (dad’s last name, mom’s maiden name becomes middle name) when following Spanish name rules.

  • BonnieDee

    Congrats to Shakira!  Since this Idol Minaj fiasco has ended my Idol watching for the time being, I am looking forward to seeing Shakira on The Voice with Blake, Adam, and Usher in March.  If Idol doesn’t want my age group anymore, maybe The Voice does.

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  • tibitibis

    Ummm, well Shakira is from Colombia and there the baby’s ”last names” in order are first their fathers last name and then their mothers last name
    Gerard Piqué and Shakira Mebarak (Piqué-Mebarak are the baby’s last names)
    Anyway Congratulations to this two amazing and talented parents, will see if Milan become a great singer/performer or an star of the soccer :)

  • Leandro

    Congrats, Shakira!

    On a side note, I think she will be a very interesting judge. Usually on interviews she’s very articulate, sensible and funny.

  • Marimar Rios

    Piqué isn’t the baby’s middle name but rather his first last name. According to Spanish and Latin American naming customs a person take his/her first last name from their father and a second last name from their mother. I’m Puertorrican and when I moved to the states people used to think that my first last name was my middle name. I started using a hyphen between both names so people wouldn’t mix up my last names.

  • Landon Cox

    I thought she wasn’t due until March or so? Congrats, Pique is foineeee

  • Miz

    In Spanish speaking countries, it is customary to have the mother’s name as last name. It is normal to have two last names in the form of father’s first and mother’s last.

  • Miz

    Congrats to Shakira. I’m betting that is one beautiful baby. I’m looking forward to seeing her on The Voice.

  • Amy Beth

    I thought when the two last name convention was followed, the two names were separated by “y” (the Spanish word for “and”).

    Interesting to see that Shakira is her actual first name (I thought it was made up) and that she has such a non-Hispanic sounding last name. I wonder what her family history is.

  • Eilonwy

    I thought when the two last name convention was followed, the two names were separated by “y” (the Spanish word for “and”).

    That was the tradition of Spanish aristocracy, but these days it’s used only when the first surname could be mistaken for a given name (so it’s something like “Martin,” which could be a last name or a first name), and the “y” is not part of the official registered name at all. These conventions were in flux for a long time.

    In any case, babies are a nice arrival. Good for the happy parents.

  • Katie’s Uvula

    Okay thanks everyone. Yeah without the hyphen it looks like a middle and last name

  • twodollars

     Shakira’s first and last name are Arabic. Her father’s family is originally from Lebanon.

    I am sure that is one pretty baby.

  • Marimar Rios

    Shakira means “full of grace” in arabic. She is truly multicultural. Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. Her dad is a first generation Lebanese born in New York and raised in Colombia. From her mother she has Spanish and Italian descent.

    An interesting fact about Shakira is that reportedly she has an IQ of 140 and is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian and French.