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It's a boy! Baby joy for Shakira and soccer beau

COLOMBIAN pop diva Shakira and Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique are celebrating the birth of their son.

Milan Pique Mebarak was born at 9.36pm last night in Barcelona. A statement posted on the pop star's site in English, Spanish and Catalan said that "just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth".

The statement also said Milan weighed approximately 6lb 6oz, and that "both mother and child are in excellent health". He is the couple's first child.

Shakira asked fans earlier on Twitter "to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life".