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Shakira gives birth to boy

Plus: favourite boy bands team for tour; Bharucha calls TV restrictive; Bieber overtakes Gaga on Twitter; The Postal Service reuniting; Sumanth wants villain role; Schwarzenegger says he still loves Shriver.

Shakira and Gerard Pique have welcomed a baby boy. Scott Heavey / Getty Images
Shakira and Gerard Pique have welcomed a baby boy. Scott Heavey / Getty Images

Shakira gives birth to boy

The Colombian singer Shakira and the football star Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona welcomed their son Milan Pique Mebarak on Tuesday in Barcelona. A statement posted on the pop star’s site says that “just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth”. Shakira asked fans earlier on Twitter “to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life”. – AP

Favourite boy bands team for tour

New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men are teaming up for a summer tour, the groups announced on Tuesday. For 98 Degrees, it’s their first tour in 12 years. New Kids on the Block also announced a new single, Remix (I Like The), to be released on Monday and a new album, 10, out on April 2. – AP

Bharucha calls TV ‘restrictive’

Nushrat Bharucha says she finds the medium of television restrictive and doesn’t derive the same satisfaction from serials and soaps compared with film projects. “In a TV set-up, my body feels restricted as I have to emote only from my face. I find it restricting. Now that I have done it once, I can safely say I don’t want to do it again,” said Bharucha, who starred in the TV show Seven. “That medium also doesn’t give me that satisfaction of doing a character creatively.” Bharucha will next be seen in the romcom Akaash Vani, directed by Luv Ranjan. – IANS

Bieber overtakes Gaga on Twitter

Justin Bieber succeeded on Tuesday in overtaking Lady Gaga as the most followed person on Twitter. By Wednesday morning, Bieber had 33,370,073 followers, against 33,352,170 for Gaga, followed by Katy Perry, Rihanna and the US President Barack Obama. Bieber and Lady Gaga have led the Twitter pack since 2010, when she outpaced Britney Spears for the top spot. “So proud of @justinbieber and all the Beliebers!” Lady Gaga tweeted. “I’m only happy to see your fans growing in size, you all deserve it!” – AFP

The Postal Service reuniting

The American electronic duo The Postal Service are reuniting. A new site, PostalServicemusic.net, confirmed the news on Monday with a graphic that reads: “The Postal Service 2013.” In 2003, the Death Cab for Cutie vocalist Ben Gibbard and the producer Jimmy Tamborello released their debut album Give Up under the name The Postal Service; their name inspired by producing songs via mailing tracks back and forth to each other. Billboard magazine confirmed they’re planning a deluxe edition of Give Up and a concert tour. – The National staff

Sumanth wants villain role

The Telugu actor Sumanth, known for films such as Satyam, Mahanadi and Godavari, says he wants to play a bad boy on the big screen this year. “The agenda is to play a powerful, negative lead this year. A strong, negative role is something I’ve always wanted to do for as long as I can remember,” said the 37-year-old star, who’s currently shooting two films: the crime thriller Twist, co-starring Varun Sandesh, and a yet-to-be-titled project by the director Chandra Siddhartha. – IANS

Schwarzenegger: I still love Shriver

Arnold Schwarzenegger told Germany’s top-selling newspaper he’s still in love with his estranged wife, Maria Shriver. Schwarzenegger is quoted in Tuesday’s Bild as saying that despite their separation, he spent Christmas with Shriver and their children. “We’re not fighting any war: I still hope for reconciliation; I still love Maria,” he said. Shriver filed for divorce last year after 25 years of marriage following Schwarzenegger’s admission he fathered a child with the family’s housekeeper. He has also admitted to other affairs. – AP