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Shakira confirms she s having a boy
Singer Shakira embraces her boyfriend, Barcelona's player Gerard Pique. Picture: Reuters/Gustau Nacarino/Files.

Colombian singer Shakira has told German television network RTL that she and soccer star Gerard Pique are expecting a baby boy.

"Yes, it's a boy," the 35-year-old said in an exclusive interview with RTL filmed Monday in Barcelona.

Talking about Pique, Shakira said "That guy, really, he's the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. And now this baby."

Pique, 25, is a standout with FC Barcelona and a member of the Spanish national team.

Apart from being an international pop star Shakira is known for her humanitarian work - in her latest project she is sponsoring the building of a school in the Colombian city of Cartagena.

"My personal wish for the project is that we get the school built fast and that we can welcome 1,700 students," she said.

Shakira, who is six months pregnant, also said she intends always to take her boy with her on her travels and educate him to become a responsible person.

"So that when the baby comes out of my belly, one day he'll know he can change things. That he can really help to make this a better world," she said.