CNN is reporting that Milan Pique Mebarak was born at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday night in Barcelona, Spain. The news came via an announcement on Shakira’s website.
And while many may think the newborn was named after the famous city, the announcement clarified its real roots:
“The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.
The 35-year-old Shakira is dating 25-year-old soccer star Gerard Pique, who plays for Spain’s FC Barcelona, a sport that Shakira says already runs in the family:
“Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.”
The couple called for donations to UNICEF as part of a “world baby shower” for them to raise money for gifts such as polio vaccines, therapeutic food and rehydration salts “for the benefit of babies everywhere.”
Both mother and child are in excellent health. Congrats to the happy couple!