Shakira and Gerard Pique
The couple,who went public with their relationship on March 2011 have welcomed their first child together.

Shakira and footballer Gerard Piqué have announced the birth of their first child, a boy by the name of Milan.

The 35-year-old Colombian singer and the Barcelona player welcomed their son at a hospital in Barcelona. He weighed 6lbs 6 ounces.

"We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué," the star wrote on her official website.

The Unicef goodwill ambassador said: "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 Hips Don't Lie singer was soon overwhelmed with congratulatory messages from fans and celebrities.

Cesc Fàbregas tweeted: "Congratulations to my friends @3gerardpique and @shakira, welcome Milan Piqué Mebarak! Looking forward to meet him! Hugs to all 3!"

Sergio Aguero ‏said: "Welcome, Milan Pique Mebarak! Congrats to @Shakira and @3gerardpique! What gift would you like for the baby: a mic or some cleats?"

Shakira went public about her relationship with 25-year-old Piqué in March 2011. She previously dated Antonio De la Rua - the son of former Argentine president Fernando de la Rua - for 10 years.