'I'm pregnant!' Colombian singer Shakira confirms she's expecting her first child with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique
23:07 GMT, 19 September 2012
Colombian singer Shakira is pregnant with her first child.
The Hips don't Lie singer, 35, has confirmed she and Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique, who is 10 years her junior, are expecting a baby together.
She has also revealed that she has decided to cut down on her work schedule over the coming weeks.
Expecting: Colombian singer Shakira announced that she is expecting her first child with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, on Wednesday
Writing on her website, Shakira told her
fans: '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.'
The singer was expected to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino this weekend in Las Vegas, but had now cancelled her appearance.
Hiding the baby bump Shakira was most recently spotted in Italy on September 7, and she wore a baggy T-shirt to go furniture shopping
'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!' she went on to say in the statement.
'I'd like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding.
'Big kiss! And will see you very soon! Shakira.'
Shakira has been dating Gerard for around two
years although she only confirmed their relationship last year by
posting a picture of the pair on twitter and Facebook with a caption
reading, 'I present to you my sunshine' in Spanish.
Glowing: With barely any make-up on her complexion, Shakira appeared to be benefiting from that pregnancy glow
The singer has just signed up to become one of the coaches on the U.S version of The Voice and will replace Christina Aguilera in season four next year.
Christina is taking an entire season off coaching duties so she can concentrate on her music.
It was announced on Tuesday that the 31-year-old pop star and fellow coach Cee Lo Green will be replaced by Shakira and R&B star Usher.
Aguilera and Green are said to be returning for season five of the reality singing contest.
Cute couple: Shakira has been dating Gerard for around two
years although she only confirmed their relationship last year
The move comes as Aguilera is set to release her new album in November and then go on tour, while Green is developing a scripted comedy series for NBC based on his life.
'Being a coach on The Voice is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family,' Christina said 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 4 off, allowing me to support my
music that my fans have been waiting for.'
New role: Yesterday it was announced that Shakira and Usher would be replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green on the next season of The Voice
Fellow coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain in their swivel seats, but will have two new partners in crime in the form of Shakira and Usher.
'We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice. The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake,' NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt also said in a statement.
'Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and Cee Lo.
'The participants on our show benefit from our coaches’ expertise and their continued success in the music business allows for significant new contributions to the contestants when they return.'
Shake-up: Shakira and Usher will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton who will be staying in their swivel chairs