Shakira Pregnant with First Child, Announces on Website

Shakira confirmed Wednesday that she is pregnant with Spanish football player Gerard Pique’s baby.

Rumors claiming that the singer would soon become a mother have been gone viral in Latin American media for weeks. Photo: Shakira

The Grammy award-winning diva posted on her website Wednesday that she and world-known boyfriend Gerard Pique “are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby.”

“As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days,” Shakira, 35, wrote on her website.

However, the Colombian pop star, who famously rollerbladed around a beach in a bikini top for her music video “Loca,” did not revealed when the baby is due to be born.

Shakira said she would not participate in the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas.

“But I’m sure this weekend in Las Vegas will be spectacular and I will be closely following everything that happens there!” she added.

“I’d like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding. Big kiss! And will see you very soon!”

Pique, a centre-back for FC Barcelona, will be out for two to three weeks after hurting his left foot in his side’s 3-2 win at home to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, the club announced earlier.

This will be the first child for the singer, 35, and top football player, 25, who confirmed their relationship in March 2011.

The two has been reported to be dating since summer 2010, though at the time, Shakira denied that she was dating him – until January, she was dating Antonio de la Rua. The pair split in January after 11 years.

The news of Shakira’s pregnancy comes as her former boyfriend and agent is suing her over contracts that were pending after their 2010 breakup.

Sources claim that De la Rua, son of a former president, sued Shakira seeking US$250 million (S$305.96 million) and real estate they shared during their relationship.

It seems the next year is gearing up to be a busy year for the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer. On Tuesday, NBC announced that Shakira, along with Usher, would replace Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo as judges on its popular singing competition, “The Voice,” in Season 4, reports The Huff Post.

Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green take a break from the show as the ‘Hurt’ singer is going on the road to support her new album, while Green is developing new music and a sitcom based on his life for NBC.

“As I have expressed since Day One of the show … I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love,” Aguilera said in a statement.

However, the singer expressed eagerness about returning to “The Voice” in the future. So did Green, who said he’ll be back for season five. In the meantime, he invited Usher and Shakira to make themselves at home.

“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said while announcing the news, The Hollywood News Reporter writes.

“The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake.”

He continued: “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and CeeLo.”

“The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.”

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