Shakira, footballer Gerard Pique expecting first child


Colombian pop star Shakira confirmed Wednesday that she is pregnant with top Spanish football player Gerard Pique’s baby, saying “promotional activities” were on hold to focus on her pregnancy.
“As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby!” Shakira said in a statement on her website.
“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.”
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer 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!”
This will be the first child for Shakira, 35, and Pique, 25, who confirmed their relationship in March 2011.
Pique, a center-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.
His Twitter page featured a graphic of a pacifier, with a link to Shakira’s message.
NBC television announced Tuesday that Shakira would temporarily replace pop singer Christina Aguilera as a judge on season four of reality talent show “The Voice,” along with R&B singer Usher, who will sit in for Cee Lo Green.