Actor Gabrielle Union and basketball star Dwayne Wade have been married for 13 more years. A stable marriage that has lasted more than a decade and is still going strong is a rare thing between the rich and famous, so it would be easy to assume that they were lucky to be in an extraordinary relationship.
But if their marriage is special then it has nothing to do with luck. As the union recently revealed, they had to overcome severe pain to get to where they are today.
falling in love while the world is watching
According to Bride’sWhen Union and Wade met in 2007, it was not the right time for either of them. Wade was in the midst of an ugly divorce, and Union was dating someone. But the relationship seemed almost inevitable, and after some time, they started dating. In 2010, they made their relationship public.
In 2013, the couple broke up for a few months, citing the pressures of their conflicting work schedules. However, they reconciled and at the end of the year they got engaged. The proposal involved Wade’s children who asked the union, “Will you marry us?”
They got married in August 2014 and are still together. But as Union shared in a recently released memoir, their love story isn’t as simple as it might seem.
Gabrielle Union was ‘devastated’
As US Weekly Reports, Memoirs of the Union, you got anything strong, reveals a complicated situation that was extraordinarily painful for her. During their 2013 breakup, Wade had an affair with Aja Metoyer. After Wade and Union reunite, they learn that Metoir was pregnant with their child.
Javier was born just a month before the couple’s wedding, which must have been painful enough. But at that time, they were also trying to conceive a child. And it was not going well.
“To say I was devastated is to choose a word on the low shelf for convenience,” Union said. “I don’t have words, and after countless therapy I’m still not sure I have. Dwayne’s experience of having a baby so easily—while I was unable—to not only break my soul to pieces, but scattered in the fine dust scattered in the wind, ”
The actress suffered eight or nine miscarriages as she struggled to have a family. Eventually, Wade urges her to stop trying to carry the baby herself.
“As much as we want this baby, I want you,” he said. “We’ve lost a lot in our relationship to encourage you to do one more thing for your body and your soul, as well as to recover.”
children of his family today
On November 7, 2018, Union and Wade announced that they are proud parents of a daughter, Kavia James. The couple worked with a surrogate to help them have the child they longed for.
women’s Health Reports that the family has a stuffy and busy home today. Also 2-year-old Kavia, they have Javier, now seven, and children from Wade’s first marriage, Zaire, who is 18, and Zaya, who is 12. In February, Zaya, who was named Zion and determined male at birth, told her parents that she was trans and wanted to be known as Zaya from now on.
Union and Wade have gone through many struggles to find their family today. But now it seems they are happier and more content than they could have imagined during their worst days.
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