by: Shelley Mendoza
Shakira posted on her website Wednesday that she and 25-year-old boyfriend Gerard Pique “are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby.” Pique, who is from Barcelona, is a soccer player for FC Barcelona. The 35-year old singer stated:
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.
And will see you very soon!
In other Shakira news, Shakira will replace Christina Aguilera in the fourth season of the NBC reality hit, The Voice. Christina Aguilera announced the name and release date of her new album, called Lotus and will be readying a tour in support of the release on November 13th. Cee Lo Green will also be stepping aside for the fourth installment and Usher will be taking his spot. “Being a coach on The Voice is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family,” said Christina in a statement. “As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love. Since this year NBC and The Voice have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for.” She did however express eagerness about returning to “The Voice” in the future.