Shakira welcomes baby boy Milan

Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM ET

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In this undated photo provided by UNICEF, Shakira poses while pregnant with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué.

Singer Shakira gave birth to her first child, a boy, on Tuesday in Barcelona, the Colombian pop star said on her website.

The "Hips Don't Lie" singer and her boyfriend, the Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique, named the 6-pound,  6-ounce boy Milan. 

"Milan means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious, and in Sanskrit, unification," the star said in a statement posted on her website. 

"Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth," the couple joked in a statement. Pique is a defender for Spanish La Liga runner-up FC Barcelona. 

Shakira, 35, announced her pregnancy in September after bowing out of a performance in Las Vegas. 

The couple last week asked fans to donate gifts such as mosquito nets and vaccines to help needy children in an online baby shower. Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. 

Shakira has signed on to be a judge on the upcoming season of the hit singing contest "The Voice," which is broadcast by U.S. network NBC. She and R&B singer Usher will replace judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. 

The singer fist met Pique, 25, in 2010, but only confirmed that they had been in a relationship in March 2011. 

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