Colombian singer and crossover sensation Shakira is pregnant with her first child. The 35-year-old star is expecting a child with her beau FC Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique.
“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 posted on her website Wednesday.
The pregnancy led the singer to cancel her participation at the iHeartRadio Music Festival scheduled for this weekend, September 21-22, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I was really looking forward to the amazing #iHeartRadio Music Festival, but will see you guys soon! Shak
— Shakira (@shakira) September 19, 2012
Shakira, who is 10 years older than Pique, met the soccer player while filming the music video “Waka Waka—the theme song for the South Africa World Cup. The couple confirmed they were dating in March 2011.
News that Shakira is pregnant comes after months of baby rumors first emerged in June when Shakira’s father William Mebarak, told Colombian publication La Prensa, “… I hope that good news will happen soon, because it would be good news for everyone. I never said anything other than that, nor have I confirmed.”
Shakira and Pique’s nearly two-year relationship has moved quickly. The couple purchased a home in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona earlier this year.
Shakira expressed that she wanted to be pregnant back in 2009. “I really would like to have a big belly,” Shakira said, reports the Associated Press.
Shakira was in a relationship with her agent Antonio de La Rua, son of former Argentinian President Fernando de la Rua, for 11 years. They announced their split in January 2011.
Shakira pregnant with first child and working on new album
Shakira’s baby bump is not getting in the way of the launch of her new album due out later this year. The two-time Grammy award winning artist signed on with Jay Z’s Roc Nation in early 2012 to produce her latest album.
This summer Shakira has been writing songs for her yet-to-be titled new album. In August, Shakira posted a photo on her Facebook page taken in the South of France.
“In the south of France, writing more songs for the new album, and looking very proper!!”
The following month Shakira was with her band rehearsing in Milan, Italy.
The announcement of Shakira’s pregnancy follows the star’s announcement that she will replace singer Christina Aguilera on NBC’s “The Voice” in the spring. Aguilera is due to release her new album “Lotus” in November and needed to take a break from “The Voice,” a year-round show, to promote her album. Aguilera will return to the show the following fall.
Likewise, Shakira’s new album is due out later this year and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone she said she was going on tour in 2013.
So how will the diva pull it all off? Stay tuned!