Shakira, Piqué welcome first child

Updated: 23 January 2013 12:42

Shakira has welcomed her first child with her partner, footballer Gerard Piqué.

Shakira has welcomed her first child with her partner, footballer Gerard Piqué.

The singer gave birth to baby boy Milan yesterday (January 22) at 9:36pm in Barcelona, Spain.

Their son weighed approximately 6lbs and 6oz, with mother and son said to be in "excellent health".

A post on Shakira's official website explained the meaning of his name, saying: "The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification."

It added: "Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth."

Yesterday, the singer tweeted: "I'd like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life."