Published January 21, 2013
Shakira wants her baby boy to be born on her own terms.
On Tuesday, the singer's soccer star boyfriend, Gerard Piqué confirmed that their baby boy will be born in Barcelona later in the day.
On Monday, Spanish newspaper La Razón, reported that the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer was going to have her delivery induced so she can resume a long list of professional engagements on her plate.
On Sunday Shakira was admitted to the Teknon Clinic in Barcelona, the city she calls home since she and Piqué made their romance official back in 2010.
According to the publication, Shakira made an emergency visit to the medical center after feeling increasing discomfort and abdominal pressure. Piqué was with her, as well as two of his brothers.
Piqué also reportedly wanted to push up the birth date because he too has various games and soccer-related engagements to attend.
The couple, who share birthdays on Feb 2., took to Twitter last week to show off their latest maternity portraits and to ask fans for their thoughts in the planning of their upcoming baby shower.
Piqué and Shakira, global ambassador for UNICEF since 2003 and very involved with philanthropic projects through her non-profit “Pies Descalzos,” have asked for donations instead of gifts for their son.
“We’d like to celebrate the imminent birth of our first child with all of you,” Shakira wrote on Twitter and Facebook.
Fans can go online and see “Shakira’s and Gerard Piqué’s World Baby Shower,” donate money and track the progress of the donations.
“Thanks to all of you, they will receive inspired gifts, therapeutic food packets, vaccines and rehydration salts,” said Shakira, referring to the children UNICEF helps.
“We’d like to thank you in advance and we are very, very happy to know that we can count on your support” she added.