Aw! Shakira may be a proud mommy to newborn Milan, but the Colombian singer is determined to show the world that she intends to keep up her philanthropic activities. The 35-year-old singer released the first official portrait of soccer player Gerard Piqué with their new arrival via a UNICEF website the pair set up to collect donations in celebration of baby Milan.
— Shakira (@shakira) February 4, 2013
Shakira, who has been a UNICEF global ambassador since 2003, created “Shakira & Gerard Piqué’s World Baby Shower to Help UNICEF Save Children’s Lives,” as a way to raise charitable donations for needy children worldwide. The philanthropic project allows donors to choose from a number of “Inspired Gifts,” which include a baby scale ($37), polio vaccine ($10) or even a $5 malaria net, all of which will be donated to poverty-stricken children in honor of Milan’s birth.
The singer — who also has her own non-profit, the Barefoot Foundation — has been laying low since her son’s arrival two weeks ago, while Piqué has already headed back to soccer training. The 25-year-old FC Barcelona star dedicated his first goal to the new baby and even tweeted out an oh-so-adorable photo of Milan wearing a pair of custom sneakers. The new dad hasn’t been shy about expressing pride over his first son, admitting to reporters outside the Barcelona hospital where Milan was born that he cried with happiness during his birth.
As for the significance of Milan’s name, it means “dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification,” the couple of two years explained in a statement via Shakira’s website.
And while Shakira seems to be focusing on her charity work and on being a new mother, it won’t be long before the crossover star will be on stage. She’ll be joining Usher, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo on the upcoming season of NBC’s “The Voice” in March.