star Shakira gave birth to her first son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, in Barcelona, Spain, with the baby's father, FC Barcelona football star Gerard Piqué, at her side, her site reports.
Baby Milan was born Monday at 9:36 p.m. Barcelona time, and the world was very excited to hear the news, which Shakira, whose last name is Mebarak, shared via her official website, and subsequently tweeted out via her official Twitter account.
Shortly before the baby was born, she tweeted the following message out to her 19 million followers, which got the buzz going about the pending birth:
"I'd like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak"
The statement Shakira issued via her website went into more detail about her special day:
"The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification," the statement explains. "Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth."
The statement goes on to explain that the newborn weighed in at about 6 pound, 6 ounces, and "that both mother and child are in excellent health," according to the hospital where Milan was delivered.
No photos of the bundle of joy have been released yet, but Shakira did tweet out a highly revealing photo of her very pregnant self and her fit husband on Jan. 16. For fans itching for some kind of photographic evidence of the birth, HollywoodLife.com has a photo that the site says is of Shakira arriving at the hospital in Barcelona.
For her "baby shower," Shakira asked her Twitter followers to contribute to a special Unicef campaign they set up to help fund products that help young children and babies:
"Please help more babies to grow up disease free by donating to Shakira and Gerard's Unicef Baby Shower, at http://smarturl.it/babyshower ShakHQ," she tweeted.
Simply click this link to make your own donation to their "baby shower" Unicef campaign, the money from which will provide food, rehydration salts, scales, vaccines and mosquito nets to needy children around the world.