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The couple confirmed their baby boy’s birth via a public statementposted on the singer’s 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. (Statement)

Hours prior, the 35 year-old singer asked fans to send her prayers.

“I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak,” Shakira had tweeted this morning, in both English and Spanish, before her and Piqué’s son arrived at 9:36 p.m. (E! Online)

The couple initially got spotted together on numerous outings a couple years ago and revealed their pregnancy status last fall.

Shakira and her soccer playing beau, who have been spotted together since March 2011, first announced their pregnancy via Facebook last September. The “Tortura” singer hasn’t been in any rush to have her baby, however. Just as month, she posted a shot of her showing off her large baby belly with Pique by her side. (Us Magazine)

Last year, Shakira officially joined forces with rap mogul Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation.

The superstar Colombian singer has signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for management, has learned. The news definitely marks a coup for Roc Nation. With worldwide appeal, Shakira has sold more than 60 million albums and won 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards. With the signing to Roc Nation for management, Shakira joins the likes of Rihanna, Wale, Santigold and Melanie Fiona, who are all signed under Roc Nation’s management umbrella. Managed producers under Roc Nation include Jahlil Beats, No I.D. and S1. Signed Roc Nation artists of course include the company’s founder, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rita Ora and Willow Smith, the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. (XXL Mag)