Shakira and Gerard Piqué welcome baby boy Sasha

Celebrations are in order for Shakira and Gerard Piqué, who welcomed their second child, a boy, at 10 pm local time on Jan 29.

The Colombian pop princess gave birth in Barcelona, where the couple have lived for the past few years. Expectation had been high in Catalonia with reporters camped outside the city’s Teknon Clinic this week.

Born by caesarean section, the couple have named their son Sasha, the player’s proud grandfather has confirmed. Amador Bernabéu told reporters that he had seen a photo of the baby, who supposedly looks like Gerard.

“He’s called Sasha which is Alexander in Russian,” said Amador. “They’ve told me he looks like Gerard. [Their first son] Milan looked like Shakira when he was born but this one looks more like his father.”

The grandad hasn’t had a chance to see his new great-grandson because of a pressing engagement on Thursday. At midday he had an appointment to make Sasha a member of Barcelona FC, where Gerard plays, just as he did for Milan.

Shakira revealed on her website that “the name Sasha is of Greek and Russian descent and means ‘defender of mankind’ and ‘warrior.’” The brief statement also revealed that “both mother and child are in excellent health.”

Gerard, 27, continued his normal training routine and even travelled to Madrid for a match on Wednesday, while his girlfriend stayed close to home, kept company by her parents. Then on Thursday evening, the duo slipped quietly into the clinic using a side door.

The junior member of the Piqué-Mebarak team is a brother for Milan, who was turned two on Jan. 22. To celebrate this special time, the singer held a unique baby shower, asking followers to donate to UNICEF programmes for the world’s neediest children.

Despite dreams of having a girl, Shakira, 37, couldn’t be happier with the new arrival. Speaking during her pregnancy, the devoted mother told a Brazilian TV show that the new baby is "a true gift.”

She added: “I’d like to have a girl one day, but we’ll see, because you never know what’s going to happen. At the moment I’m happy because I love boys too.”

The pop powerhouse has talked about raising her children in a multi-cultural environment and encouraging them to love learning.

She says: “Any child can learn languages before they’re three, we expose Milan to Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German, Russian and Chinese.

“Kids are able to comprehend more than we think, it’s never too early to start teaching and exposing them to books even as newborns.”

Even more remarkably, Shak is combining motherhood with some huge professional achievements. In July the Latin diva became the first person to reach 100 million likes on Facebook.

The songstress also took centre stage singing the World Cup song La La La (Brazil 2014). In January she appeared in a sizzling video with Rihanna for their tune Can’t Remember to Forget You.

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