Shakira’s Family Is ‘So Happy and Blessed’ With Baby News, Says Brother (EXCLUSIVE)

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The family of pop star Shakira is ecstatic following her surprise baby announcement.

“We’re so happy and blessed with the news of the baby,” the sexy songstress’ half brother Edward Mebarak told Celebuzz exclusively. “We texted each other, and I’ve congratulated her.”

What does the family think of Shakira’s baby daddy?

“He compliments her very well,”  Mebarak says of Gerard Piqué, 25. Shakira — who was just announced as a new mentor for next season’s The Voice — began dating the FC Barcelona soccer star in April 2011.

As Celebuzz previously reported, the 35-year-old  announced that she’s expecting her first child on her personal site Wednesday, writing: “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 had been scheduled to perform this weekend in Las Vegas at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, where she was set to share the stage with fellow Latin entertainers Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.

So with a special delivery on its way, will Shakira also be walking down the aisle soon?

“I don’t know their immediate or long term plans. It’s a very personal decision,” Mebarak said.

He also said that it’s a little too soon to reveal whether the singer will be welcoming a boy or a girl — but says his sister won’t keep the secret for long.

“She’ll definitely be the person to announce the news.”