Pregnant Shakira & Boyfriend Expecting Hip-Shakin', Soccer-Playin' Baby (VIDEO)

shakira at white house press eventIt's official: International pop star and philanthropist Shakira announced yesterday that she and her studly boyfriend of two years, Gerard Pique, a soccer player for FC Barcelona, are expecting their first child. So happy for her!

While many Americans only know her for her hit single, "Hips Don't Lie," Shakira's been a beloved icon of the Colombian and Latin American music scene since the 1990s. She's also always been incredibly devoted to humanitarian causes a la Angelina Jolie and George Clooney and started her first charity -- for special schools for poor children in Colombia -- back in 1995. Last year, President Obama appointed her to a position on the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Just a couple of reasons fans have never doubted that the star would be an amazing mom someday. How awesome that that day will now be here so soon!

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Shakira broke the news on her Facebook page, posting:

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. This means I will not be able to be a part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, but I'm sure this weekend in Las Vegas will be spectacular and I will be closely following everything that happens there! I'd like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding.

Although she may be taking a slight time-out from her career now, I definitely wouldn't see her pregnancy as a sign that she plans on slowing down. If anything, this new chapter for her will likely mean new music with poetic lyrics and perhaps additional philanthropic work inspired by her personal journey with pregnancy and motherhood. Oh yeah, plus she'll be replacing Christina Aguilera as a coach on The Voice this spring! 

Looks like there's a lot of beauty on the horizon for the star. Can't wait to see how it all plays out for her and Pique. One thing's for sure: Their kid is bound to be muy talented.

Check out this video for more details on her pregnancy ...

 

How psyched are you for Shaki?! Do you think her career will benefit from motherhood?


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