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When you dream about finding your lifelong partner, you may picture that fairytale, love-at-first-sight situation comparable to Rose Dewitt and Jack Dawson in the Titanic. But in reality, your soulmate can be the unlikely candidate that you almost pass up.

For Gabrielle Union, 46, and Dwyane Wade, 37, their love story mimics the latter. Upon their first encounter back in 2006, Union wasn’t entirely convinced that Wade was worth her time due to his rocky relationship, stereotypical career, and “younger” age.

“When I met Dwyane, his résumé looked like crap: athlete, going through a divorce, nine years younger than me,” the America’s Got Talent judge told Glamour in an interview. “None of that screamed, ‘Let’s have a lasting relationship.’ Then, after I had a heart-crushing breakup with yet another immature jerk , I thought, it can’t be any worse if I date a fetus.”

Luckily, she gave that “fetus” a chance, and 13 years later, their relationship has blossomed into one of the most beautiful ones around, earning them the title of “relationship goals” in our opinion. Plus, they brought baby Kaavia James into the world, and that alone is enough to crown them king and queen of life.

As the adorable couple celebrates their five-year wedding anniversary this August, here’s exactly how Union and Wade’s relationship has grown throughout the years, plus some other facts about their history that you may not have known.

1. Union and Wade met at a Super Bowl event in 2006.

If you’re wondering what the chances are that these two would be named co-hosts for a Super Bowl party at in 2006 … same. And those chances are slim. But low and behold, Wade and Union hosted the event together, marking their first encounter.

Was it love at first sight? No. In fact, Wade was still married to his high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches—but not for much longer. Wade filed for divorce from Funches in June 2007 after five years together. At the time that they parted, they had just welcomed their son Zion into the world. They also had an older son, 17-year-old Zaire Wade.

Union was still working through her own relationship problems. In 2006, the AGT judge had just officially divorced her ex-husband, former NFL star Chris Howard, after a five-year marriage.

2. They had their first public outing in 2010.

Whether the couple was still working through their previous relationships, or Union was trying to decide if Wade was worthy of her love, the two didn’t make their first public debut together until July 2010 at the Summer Groove Charity event.

Walking hand-in-hand with beaming smiles, the hot new couple instantly became the talk of the night, although it wasn’t the first time they made headlines for being an item. Two months prior, Wade’s ex Funches opened up about their split on The Dr. Phil Show, and even sued Union for “emotional distress” in May 2010.

It didn’t break Union and Wade up, though. The court dismissed the case, and Wade and Funches’s divorce was officially finalized in June 2010. Wade also filed for legal custody over Zaire and Zion in 2010, and one year later, a Chicago court awarded him sole custody of the boys.

3. They took things slow due to their previous relationships.

With Wade’s divorce highlighted all over the internet, it’s no wonder the two wanted to keep their blossoming relationship to themselves. They also wanted to take things slow. In February 2012, the stars finally opened up about their love for each other in a joint interview with Essence, and even posed on the stunning cover of the issue.

“We’re not rushing it,” Wade told the outlet. “Both of us have been married before, and we understand that if we choose to marry again, we want it to be right. We both took failing marriage hard. The next time it’s gotta be forever.”

So the couple went on to take things slow, but they started to make appearances in public as an item. In June 2012, Union supported her man at the NBA finals, where his team (the Miami Heat) beat the Oklahoma City Thunder to take home gold.

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4. They split up briefly the same year they became engaged.

The year 2013 was filled with lows and highs for the power couple. Wade and Union temporarily separated in January 2013 due to some challenges with long distance.

“When you’re debating whether to go backward or forward, you have to look at the original issue,” Union told Glamour, speaking about their split. “It was because of the distance and scheduling. I finished filming , then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting Think Like A Man Too. I couldn’t take time off, and I missed some quality togetherness we desperately needed.”

After “reassessing priorities” over the summer in 2013, Union told the outlet that she decided to make sure her work schedule made sense for her family so she could spend more time with her beau.

The couple was able to salvage their relationship after some work, and in December 2013, Wade proposed to Union right before Christmas. Because he felt so confidently about welcoming Union into his family, he had each of his sons propose to Union also, having each one ask, “Will you marry us?”

5. Wade and Union tie the knot in August 2014.

Of course, Union said “yes” to Wade, and the couple had a beautiful wedding ceremony in Miami. The celebration was filled with friends and family, and the couple looked insanely happy on their big day.

Union posted an Instagram of the wedding along with a heartfelt caption about the special day. “Every day I think there’s no way I can love you any more than I did the day before, but I fall deeper in love with you each morning,” she wrote in the post. “Thank you for your belief that we were both capable of evolution and committing to be your best self for our family.”

6. The couple tries for a baby, with a devastating result.

In 2017, Union released a memoir where she opened up about suffering “eight of nine miscarriages” due to fertility issues. “We had done about three IVFs at this point, and it implanted two embryos,” she told O, The Oprah Magazine. “We get the pregnancy test. We’re very excited. We get the positive results… It was the best few days I ever had in life.”

But then, Union went back for additional testing and learned that she lost her babies. “For lots of people/families who have been on their own unique fertility/family creation journey, hope can feel like a cruel joke that plays on repeat,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram post.

“You stop letting yourself get excited and you dont dare utter any updates. You carry it all. It can feel isolating and depressing,” she continued. “You wonder if you are defective. You are not. You wonder if you are worthy. You are. You feel you feel you feeeeeel. You are not alone. You are loved and worthy and every feeling is real and understood.”

7. Union and Wade welcome baby Kaavia.

Fortunately, Union and Wade were able to expand their family via surrogate. They welcomed Kaavia James into the world on November 7, 2018, and she literally could not be any cuter.

“We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched into our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” Union wrote in an Instagram caption from 2018. “Welcome to the party sweet girl!”

And yes, Union, Wade, and Kaavia’s life, in fact, looks like a party.

8. Their estimated net worth is $140 million.

Today, Union, Wade, and Kaavia live in Los Angeles, and Union currently serves as a judge on America’s Got Talent. Previously starring in a number of top-rated films and shows like Bring It On and Being Mary Jane, Union’s estimated net worth is around $20 million.

Wade retired from the NBA this past April 2019, although his estimated net worth should be enough to cover him throughout their family’s lifetime—and probably the next few lifetimes. According to Cheat Sheet, Wade has an estimated net worth of $120 million, bringing their collective net worth to $140 million.

9. The family travels on epic ‘Wade World Tour’ vacations each summer.

As hard as the couple has worked to earn their insanely high net worth, it’s no surprise that they spend it well. In 2017, Union and Wade began their annual Wade World Tour vacations, where they lavishly explore beautiful destinations around the world.

Most recently, the duo pulled together a crew of their close friends and baby Kaavia, and hit up the Amalfi Coast in Italy. As you can imagine, Union shared details of the luxe trip on her Instagram, and we were here for every single bikini photo and makeup-less selfie she offered.

The true star of the trip, of course, was Kaavia, who often matched her mommy on their beach and boat days.

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10. Union and Wade celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary on August 30.

Despite a rocky start and some hesitations about tying the knot forever, Union and Wade have developed such a special relationship filled with love and happiness, even though Union has remained open about their challenges.

“People are like ‘goals’; me and D are like, ‘WTF,’” she told Ebony. “We kind of figured it out now, but I guess maybe we should tweet live from couples’ therapy.”

Regardless, the two will celebrate a huge milestone—their five-year wedding anniversary—on August 30, and we couldn’t be happier for them. We wish them nothing but the best going forward!

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Gabrielle Union Reveals Her First Marriage Was Doomed When He Proposed With Fried Chicken

On October 17, We’re Going to Need More Wine hits stores, which is a memoir on the Being Mary Jane star’s fascinating life. One of the most revealing excerpts that dropped is about her marriage to Chris Howard, a retired NFL running back who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They were married from 2001 to 2006.
Gabby revealed she ignored a list of red flags, including a bizarre proposal. According to DailyMail.com, she wrote, “I spent the whole day at the spa and when I got back to his house, there was a rose petal path from the front door to the bedroom. At the end was Chris, down on one knee. He had a bucket of KFC on the floor, and he was eating KFC potato wedges with one hand while holding a ring in the other.” Then, less than 24 hours after the proposal, she “discovered a message on Chris’ computer that hinted at an affair.”
She still decided to get married, but even the New Orleans wedding was a disaster. Bridesmaids were hungover on wedding day, one of the groomsmen showed up to the wedding “fresh out of jail.” She also asked one of her friends, actor Dulé, to do a reading. She wrote, “Dulé thought this marriage was a terrible mistake, so as he read from 1 Corinthians, he kept sighing dramatically, pausing to look at me like ‘Are you getting this?”‘ Then, the minister mispronounced her name, “calling her Gabriel, like the Biblical angel. Because Gabrielle felt awkward correcting the minister, when reading her vows she mispronounced her name as well.”

Union also reveals that she constantly suspected Howard of cheating. Gabrielle suspecting her husband was continually cheating on her, sometimes she was right and other times she was wrong. “One day she found a phone number for a woman named Angelina in a pile of laundry. The actress knew he was sleeping around but was enraged when she found this ‘proof.’ She screamed at Chris saying: ‘You think you’re gonna call this b****? YOU THINK YOU’RE GONNA CALL THIS B****?’ It turned out, the number was from a soul food restaurant Gabrielle had asked him to find the name of. Another cheating scandal would lead to the end of Chris and Gabrielle’s marriage. One of the women he allegedly slept with, ‘Cameron Camera’, threatened to sell photos proving he was a philanderer to tabloids.”

Thankfully, Gabby met Dwyane Wade in 2007 and they married in 2014.

Sounds like the book is going to be a page-turner!

Gabrielle Union ‘Hit Rock Bottom’ After Divorce: I ‘Found Myself Under My Bed with My Dog’

Gabrielle Union is opening up about a time she hit “rock bottom” in her life.

During the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk Facebook Watch show, the actress, 45, talked about her experience after her divorce from her first husband, former NFL player Chris Howard. The actress later married NBA star Dwyane Wade in 2014.

“I had to hit rock bottom, I had to lose everything,” Union said when Pinkett Smith asked her about the moment everything clicked and she decided to make a change in her life. “For me that was my first marriage, going through the divorce process. I lost my show, my show was canceled. And I was having difficult relationships with my BFFs, my day ones. And it was everyone’s fault but my own.”

After she “literally found myself under my bed with my dog,” the actress started working with trainer, life coach and actress A.J. Johnson.

Pinkett Smith and Union also used the opportunity to have an honest conversation about what led to them not speaking for 17 years. Though neither of them can pinpoint what it was that caused a rift, both Pinkett Smith, 46, and Union say that they felt tension with each other for almost two decades.

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“This is a very special show for me, because what I decided to do was make this about creating a new girlfriend,” Pinkett Smith said to her mom and co-host, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, 64. “Gab and I, we had a bit of a break, we don’t know how, and she’s been open to this healing, she’s been open to this conversation.”

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Before the show, Pinkett Smith called Union and invited her on the “Girlfriends” episode after not speaking for so long.

“It felt so good on the phone with you to even just go, ‘Hey, I’m sorry that I didn’t even take the time to talk to you,’ you know?” Pinkett Smith explained to Union. “And then I had to just apologize and just thinking to myself, ‘Damn, Jada! That was some petty ass s–t!’ But at the same time going, ‘Well, that’s where you were then. Thank God you’re someplace else now.’”

Pinkett Smith was the first to address the feud between the two in an April interview with Extra in which she promoted her new Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk.

“I have a really touching episode with Gabrielle Union,” Pinkett Smith said. “We haven’t been on the best of terms for 17 years and we have a reconciliation.”

“We don’t even know how it started!” she said, adding their feud was “definitely” over.

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Union then opened up about the feud during an appearance on the Today show in early May.

“Jada nor I ever used the word feud… Back in the day, neither one of us knew originally what took place back then, but the people that we had around us were like, ‘Well, you know how she feels about you,’” Union told Hoda Kotb while promoting her new film on Monday.

“And then it was like, ‘Okay, girl, bye’ for 17 years,” she continued. “And even though we’re both very outspoken women, we’re both activists, our husbands are friends, we both felt we had too much pride and too much insecurities to actually say, ‘Hey, did that ever happen or was that a creation of someone else who did not want to see two women rise together?’ ”

  • Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade first met in 2007, and eventually tied the knot in 2014.
  • In November, Union became a first-time mom via surrogate, welcoming baby Kaavia James with Wade.
  • Ahead of their five-year wedding anniversary, we’re revisiting their love story, from the proposal to their wedding.

Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union and former Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade are the epitome of relationship goals. The head-over-heels couple met in 2007 and later married in August 2014. But their union (no pun intended) hasn’t been without its ups and downs. Union, 46, and Wade, 37, have dealt with everything from infertility and infidelity to a custody battle and a shocking breakup. Because of their obvious love for each other, they’ve managed to overcome the greatest of challenges on their road to the altar.

In addition to celebrating the newest addition to their family, baby Kaavia James, the adorable pair are preparing to celebrate their five-year wedding anniversary in August. Below, we look back on how Union and Wade went from friends to happily ever after.

February 2007: Union and Wade meet at a Super Bowl event.

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The two first met while co-hosting a sponsored Super Bowl party. Union had just divorced her husband of five years Chris Howard in 2006. Wade, at the time, was still married to Siohvaughn Funches, who he later separated and filed for divorced from in June 2007. At the time of their separation, Funches had just given birth to their second son, Zion, a month earlier on May 29. Funches and Wade already shared an older son name Zaire, who is now 17.

“When I met Dwyane, his résumé looked like crap: athlete, going through a divorce, nine years younger than me,” Union said during a January 2014 interview with Glamour. “None of that screamed, ‘Let’s have a lasting relationship.’ Then, after I had a heart-crushing breakup with yet another immature jerk, I thought, it can’t be any worse if I date a fetus .”

July 2010: Union and Wade attend their first event together.

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For his annual philanthropic event, The Summer Groove, which benefits basketball star Alonzo Mourning’s charities and Wade’s World Foundation, Wade invited Union as his guest to the dinner. Despite posing for photographs together, Union and Wade still had not confirmed whether they were officially a couple.

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“He had wisdom that comes with facing an insane amount of adversity,” Union recalled in her 2014 interview with Glamour. “He’s sweet, funny, honest about his shortcomings. When I put my preconceived notions to the side, I found someone cool.”

Their appearances throughout the five-day event sparked backlash online with Union being labeled as a homewrecker, considering Funches and Wade’s divorce was finalized just one month before on June 25, 2010. The exes didn’t split amicably, as Funches shared some choice words for her ex and Union on social media and on The Dr. Phil Show. Funches even went so far as to sue Union for “emotional distress” in May 2010. The case was later dismissed.

“I fought it ,” said Union in a 2012 Jet cover story. “My life is just too easy to track. So, we were submitting plenty of proof for the times she said I was in Miami. So, it was like, obviously you’re not telling the truth. And then the courts dismissed the case.”

And in March 2011, a Chicago court, where Wade is originally from, awarded the former Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat player sole custody for his two children.

January 2012: Union and Wade appear on their first magazine cover together.

In a joint interview for Essence, the couple opened up about marriage.

“We’re not rushing it,” said Wade. “Both of us have been married before, and we understand that if we choose to marry again, we want it to be right. We both took failing at marriage hard. The next time it’s gotta be forever.”

June 2012: Union cheers on Wade courtside at the NBA Finals.

During the 2012 NBA finals, where the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder team, Wade’s number one fan was spotted in the crowd. The two shared a victory smooch at the end of the championship game.

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January 2013: The couple briefly split.

Union and Wade temporarily broke up in January 2013. She later cited “distance” and “scheduling” as factors that contributed to their breakup.

“When you’re debating whether to go backward or forward, you have to look at the original issue,” she said in Glamour. “, it was because of distance and scheduling. I finished filming the show, then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting Think Like a Man Too. I couldn’t take time off, and I missed some quality togetherness we desperately needed.”

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She added: “Over the summer, I reassessed priorities. I’d always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realized I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my relationship for it. Moving forward, I decided my work schedule has to make sense for our family.”

December 2013: Wade proposes to Union.

With the help of his boys, Wade popped the big question to Union right before Christmas. The pair discussed the adorable moment with Oprah in December 2018 during a televised special on OWN.

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“I decided that she wasn’t just marrying me, she was marrying all of us,” Wade explained to Oprah. “So I had them down by the pool, and I had them make their own signs. I had each one say, ‘Will you marry us?’ I took her outside to look at the water, and at first, she’s like, ‘What is going on?’ I get behind her, and I get on a yoga mat because I couldn’t put my knees down. I’m sitting there waiting for her to turn around and she’s reading the boys’ signs, and the boys said, ‘Will you marry us?'”

August 2014: Wade and Union get married.

Union and Wade tied the knot on August 30, 2014 in an extravagant Miami ceremony. Union wore a white strapless gown. Wade’s two sons and his nephew were included in the wedding party, and notable attendees included Being Mary Jane co-creators Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil, plus Kevin and Eniko Hart, rapper Ludacris and his wife Eudoxie, and Wade’s former Miami Heat teammate, Chris Bosh and his wife, Adrienne.

According to ABC News, their post-wedding destination trip was to the Maldives. Union even posted a few photos of their honeymoon on Instagram.

2017: The two embark on their annual summer vacations.

Beyond their awe-inspiring love story, Wade and Union’s “baecations” are often the talk on social media. Whether the stylish globetrotters are traveling to Europe or China, they always look like they’re having more fun in the sun than the rest of us.

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October 2017: Union reveals she suffered “eight or nine miscarriages.”

In her memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, Union wrote about her miscarriages and fertility issues. But the upcoming L.A.’s Finest star also opened up about not wanting kids until she became a stepmom to Wade’s sons Zaire, Zion, Xavier, and his nephew, Dahveon Morris, 17.

“We had done about three IVFs at this point, and it implanted two embryos—one took,” Union explained to Oprah about her first marriage. “We get the pregnancy test. We’re very excited. We get the positive results. The doctor gives us this call during All-Star weekend in New York. I’m shaking. Everyone who is around me, we’re all just crying. It was the best few days I’ve ever had in life, and then you go back in for additional testing, and they’re gone.”

November 2018: Union and Wade welcome a baby girl into the family.

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Wade and Union welcomed their first daughter, Kaavia James, into the world via surrogacy on November 7. They announced their “miracle baby’s” arrival on Instagram as a day that will “forever be etched” in their hearts. Wade also got a tattoo of his daughter’s full name, Kaavia James Union Wade, in China.

December 2018: Union and Wade sit down for a revelatory interview with Oprah.

During the OWN special, Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby, the celebrity couple opened up in an hour-long interview with the O of O about their relationship, infertility, mommy shaming, and their hopes for baby Kaavia in the future.

“We want her to understand that she was so loved, wanted, desired, protected, and nurtured when she was just a thought,” Union shared. “We want her to know everything it took to bring her into this world, usually around the time she starts talking back. We want her to really understand what we went through. Luckily, she’ll have this special.”

January 2019: The Wade family channel Miami Vice in their New Year’s photo.

To ring in the new year, the Wade family dressed up in the vein of characters from the ’80s and ’90s crime drama, Miami Vice. The photo served as a homage to the city and the Miami Heat basketball team he played on for 16 years.

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April 2019: Union posts a heartfelt video to Wade after his final NBA game with the Miami Heat.

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Following his final home game with the Miami Heat in April, Union shared a video on Instagram and wrote this sweet caption to her husband: “Our hero. Bigger Than Basketball.”

April 2019: Union and Wade support their son at the Miami Beach Pride parade.

When critics called out Wade for allowing his 11-year-old son, Zion, to attend an LGBTQ event at such a young age, both Union and Wade spoke up in defense of Zion’s decision.

“People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it,” Union told Us Weekly. “In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to Pride.”

Wade also responded via Instagram stories: “We support each other with Pride! Zion had his cheering section today. Wish I was there to see you smile kid!”

May 2019: The couple grace the pink red carpet at the Met Gala.

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On the biggest night of fashion at the 2019 Met Gala, Wade and Union hit the pink flamingo carpet wearing matching ensembles and tongue-in-cheek swim caps to coincide with this year’s theme: “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Union rocked a custom hand-embroidered paillettes gown and floor-length cardigan by Dundas, complete with black leather gloves. Wade, twinning his wife, wore a black tuxedo suit by Adrien Sauvage and embellished Dundas hood.

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  • America’s Got Talent season 14 judge Gabrielle Union and her husband, Dwayne Wade, have been married since 2014.
  • Gabrielle and Dwayne have an 8-month-old daughter named Kaavia.
  • Dwayne is guest judging on the judge cuts round of AGT this year, which airs Tuesday, July 23 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

America’s Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union appears to be happier than ever with her husband and former Miami Heat basketball star Dwayne Wade.

Just look at her Instagram — it’s filled with countless of pictures of her and Dwayne glowing and having a blast with their 8-month-old daughter, Kaavia. But even though the pair look like they’re on solid ground now, they went through some tough times to get there.

How Gabrielle met Dwayne

Back in February 2007, Gabrielle and Dwayne crossed paths while co-hosting a sponsored Super Bowl party. At that point, Gabrielle had reportedly been married to NFL running back Chris Howard for five years and divorced for one. Meanwhile, Dwayne was still married to his high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches and had a child with her named Zaire. But not long after he met Gabrielle, Dwayne filed for divorce and his second son with Siohvaughn, named Zion, was born.

Gabrielle told Glamour in 2014 that it wasn’t exactly a love-at-first-sight situation.

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” looked like crap,” she told the publication. “Athlete, going through a divorce, nine years younger than me. Then, after I had a heart-crushing breakup with yet another immature jerk, I thought, it can’t be any worse if I date a fetus. Let’s just see what happens.”

Dealing with divorce and splitting up

Gabrielle and Dwayne officially started dating in 2009, but they didn’t make their relationship red carpet-official until June 2010.

Because of Dwayne’s three-year long divorce process, Gabrielle came under fire for being the cause of the breakup, though she has vehemently denied that she was the reason Dwayne’s marriage ended. It didn’t help that Siohvaughn and Dwayne didn’t end on the best of terms — or that she later sued Gabrielle for “emotional distress” of Dwayne’s sons (the case was eventually dismissed). In 2011 though, Dwayne was awarded sole custody of his children.

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Even though Gabrielle and Dwayne got through a tough situation in 2010, they briefly split up in early 2013 because of scheduling conflicts. At the time, Gabrielle was in the middle of shooting her show Being Mary Jane while Dwayne was focusing on bringing home a championship for the Miami Heat while trying to shake a nagging knee injury.

“We kind of took a step back,” Dwayne told Jay Leno in 2013. “We supported each other, but we took a step back for a little while. At the end of day, we came back together and said, ‘Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to get better each day.’ She’s been with me and I’ve been with her all summer long. We’re going strong now.”

Just a few months later, Dwayne popped the question right before Christmas. As Dwayne told Oprah:

“I decided that she wasn’t just marrying me, she was marrying all of us. So I had them down by the pool, and I had them make their own signs. I had each one say, ‘Will you marry us?’ I took her outside to look at the water, and at first, she’s like, ‘What is going on?’ I get behind her, and I get on a yoga mat because I couldn’t put my knees down. I’m sitting there waiting for her to turn around and she’s reading the boys’ signs, and the boys said, ‘Will you marry us?'”

Still, Gabrielle and Dwayne weren’t out of the woods yet. Days after their engagement, news broke that the NBA player had fathered a child with actress Aja Metoyer. Dwayne welcomed his third son, Xavier, in November 2013.

“I had a time, a part in our break, in our pain and our hurt, a blessing came out of it in my life, having a son that was born healthy,” Dwayne shared.

Moving on, getting married, and growing their family

Gabrielle and Dwayne ended up tying the knot in August 2014. Four years later, they welcomed Kaavia via surrogacy in November 2018.

Gabrielle struggled through nine miscarriages and several IVF attempts before Kaavia’s arrival. (She found out in the fall of 2018 that she has adenomyosis, which happens when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows into the uterus’s muscle wall.)

“It’s okay to bring your child into the world in a way that is not through your body. The world will not consider you a failure,” she told Today while reflecting on her infertility struggles. “Every route to parenthood is perfect, worthwhile, and amazing.”

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Today, Gabrielle and Dwayne appear to be as strong as ever. In April 2019, Dwayne officially bid farewell to the NBA, and one month later the couple was spotted attending the Met Gala together. This summer, the couple is appearing together on season 14 of America’s Got Talent (Gabrielle is a regular judge, while Dwayne is set to be a guest judge).

As for what else is going on in their lives, we’ll just have to stay updated via Instagram.

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‘AGT’: For Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, judging together was like ‘couples counseling’

“America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union didn’t propose that her husband, just-retired NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, appear as a guest judge on the hit variety competition. But she’s thrilled it’s happening.

“NBC asked me if it was OK, and I’m like, ‘Uh, is it OK if my husband comes to work with me? That is actually an amazing idea,’” she says, adding that it goes beyond her own happiness to have him sit next to her for Tuesday’s Judge Cuts episode of the talent competition (8 EDT/PDT).

“Who better to judge potential champions but somebody who’s been a three-time (NBA) champion, has been voted an all-star 13 times? He’s got experience performing in high-pressure situations. I thought it was brilliant,” says actress Union, who serves on the panel with Julianne Hough and veterans Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel.

“My wife is the best publicist I’ve ever had in my life,” says Wade, 37, who married Union in 2014.

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The only potential glitch was that the April taping could have conflicted with the NBA post-season. The Heat’s misfortune – the team didn’t make the playoffs in Wade’s final season – turned out to be good fortune for “AGT.”

Wade, a longtime “AGT” fan, relied on his basketball regimen, watching film to prepare for his stint, in which the judges decide which seven of 18 acts that survived the auditions round head to the live shows in August.

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“Once it started getting closer, my wife saw me in a dark room doing research on judging: what to look for, what to expect, watching (previous) shows and contestants, just trying to get a feel without being there,” he says. “One thing you don’t want to do is come into a room full of amazing, talented people and be the weak link.”

Union, 46, says she was ready to give her husband advice, but he didn’t need it.

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“He watched film on everybody. He knew things about the judges and contestants that I had no idea (about). He was ready,” says Union, who didn’t need to caution him about Cowell’s cutting remarks, either. “He’s played with and against some of the toughest competition in the world, so Simon was quite tame in comparison.”

Still, Wade acknowledged some uncharacteristic apprehension.

“I don’t get nervous at basketball games. I don’t get nervous shooting game winners, but I was a little nervous coming in,” he says. But “once we got going, it just became like a conversation, so my nerves went out the window.”

His comfort level is apparent in the episode: He offers thoughtful commentary, jokes with his colleagues and praises “AGT” for providing a forum for worthy competitors from around the world. The episode shows a playful Wade even taking the stage during one break to rev up the cheering audience.

“AGT” wasn’t the first time the couple, who have a baby daughter, worked together. They compete in a series of athletic contests in a Gatorade Zero commercial. (Spoiler: Union wins.)

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Union learned more about her husband from the “AGT” collaboration.

“I was surprised. I kept looking at him like, ‘Who are you?’ There were acts I assumed he would love and – not so much. And there were acts I assumed he wouldn’t like that he was intrigued by,” she says. “It was kind of like, dare I say, a couples counseling almost, because I was understanding and seeing him in a very different space.”

She’s learned about herself, too, during her first season on the talent show.

“What surprises me is how often I cry,” she says. “I’m not a weepy person … but watching people leave their heart and soul out there for the hope of an opportunity, it kind of rips your heart out.”

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Although Wade is retired from the NBA, he’s not taking it easy. He has a wine business (Wade Cellars), a sock company, major shoe and apparel interests and he may explore entertainment production, an area where NBA superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry have enjoyed success.

He’d like to work again with Union, who has her own production company, a clothing line and starts shooting the second season of Spectrum Cable’s “L.A.’s Finest,” in which she reprises her role from “Bad Boys II,” after “AGT” ends in September. Union suggests Wade “come be my love interest on ‘L.A.’s Finest.’”

Wade says he has “a total level of respect” for his wife and her busy career: “She doesn’t let up, so it doesn’t allow me to rest on anything I’ve done.”

Whatever happens in the future, Wade is pleased with his “AGT” experience.

“It was cool to go to work with my wife for a day,” he says, adding that he got a perk not common to NBA arenas: “I had my own dressing room, so I thought it was great.”

AGT is keeping things close to home next week by introducing Gabrielle Union’s husband Dwyane Wade as a guest judge. The former NBA superstar basketball player will join the judging panel for the second round of Judge Cuts on Tuesday’s new episode.

When filming of Dwyane’s episode was announced in April, he was listed as a “surprise guest judge.” We now know that he’ll be sitting next to his wife, permanent judge Gabrielle Union, to share his opinion on acts which have moved on from their auditions.

What To Expect From Dwyane’s Judging

In this week’s first round of Judge Cuts, guest judge Brad Paisley hit the Golden Buzzer for young singer-songwriter Sophie Pecora. It will be interesting to see if Dwyane takes the typical route and chooses a musician, or if something else will capture his attention.

In a preview for next week’s episode (above), Dwyane can be heard saying, “My heart is beating at a pace that I haven’t felt before.” The clip promises “death-defying” performances, showcasing danger act the Bir Khalsa Group and acrobatic act V.Unbeatable Dance Crew. Perhaps one of these will appeal to Dwyane’s athleticism.

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Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union

Dwyane married actress Gabrielle Union in 2014. In November 2018, they welcomed their daughter Kaavia James Union Wade via surrogate. Gabrielle is also stepmother to Dwyane’s three other kids.

Gabrielle and Dwyane are frequently posting photos and videos of their family on Instagram. Currently, the couple is on vacation in Italy. Gabrielle shared a cute video of them dancing together on a yacht.

We’re looking forward to witnessing the pair’s dynamic up close when Dwyane joins the judging panel. Will they agree with each other’s critiques, or will we see a difference of opinion about any of the acts? After all, it’s the first time a currently married couple will appear together on the panel. (Heidi Klum’s ex-husband Seal appeared as a guest judge in 2017.)

Gabrielle Union: Dwyane Wade doesn’t want kids thinking Santa is ‘sneaking’ into their house

An old white man sneaking into your house and leaving gifts behind can be viewed as strange, at least for Dwyane Wade.

Gabrielle Union interviewed Tamron Hall for Oprah Magazine and through her questioning revealed that she and husband Wade disagree on what to tell children about Santa Claus.

The conversation was spurred by Union asking Hall whether being a black woman from the South affects the way she parents.

Union, star of “Being Mary Jane,” said that she’ll have a conversation with Wade about Christmas and that she wants to tell the kids that their presents are from Santa.

Her husband is not here for it though.

“My husband is like, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m letting these kids think that old white man is sneaking into our house and doing anything for them,'” Union said.

Union and Wade share 10-month-old Kaavia and also three sons from Wade’s former relationships, Zaire, 17; Zion, 12; and Xavier, 5.

She says that the reason her husband doesn’t want their kids believing in Santa is because he didn’t grow up believing in him.

“And we have these conversations when it comes to raising our children about where to draw the line between fantasy and ‘Hey, that’s not how life works,'” she noted.

‘Is Santa black?’

The former “Today” show co-host Hall understood where Union and Wade were coming from as she remarked that “modern parenting is especially difficult for parents of color.”

“We have to talk about not only, ‘Are we gonna say Santa exists,’ but also ‘Is Santa black?’ Again, this is exactly the conversation that we want to have on the show, because some families might not even realize this is a thing,” Hall said about her new daytime talk show “Tamron Hall” which debuted Monday.

“Something as simple as Santa Claus could cause a big debate, so why not have a conversation with real parents of all backgrounds talking about how they approach Santa Claus, and what race he is?”

Other celebrity parents on Santa, the Easter Bunny

Union and Wade aren’t the only couple keeping it real with their kids.

Dax Shepard, who shares two children with Kristen Bell, defended his decision last year to tell his then-5-year-old daughter that Santa wasn’t real.

“I was basically forcing her to ignore her critical thinking,” he said in his podcast. “And then I jogged my own memory and I don’t ever remember believing and yet I loved Christmas.”

He also said that his daughter knew not to ruin the magic for believers, which is a concern for many parents.

In an interview with People, Kelly Clarkson said that she told her kids that she and husband Brandon Blackstock provided their Easter baskets.

They share two children, daughter River, 4; and son Remington, 3.

“I kind of just was like, ‘Mommy and daddy did these for you.’ I knew my mom always did it — maybe don’t show this to children,” she told the magazine.

“I thought Easter was for us. Sometimes I’m tired of giving credit to nonexistent things. Like, I’m very busy, and I took the time to shop at Target and put this all together. I did this — no bunny! They got chocolate, so they’re fine.”

Contributing: Amy Haneline and Sonja Haller

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Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough joined the America’s Got Talent judging panel in Season 14. The talented ladies replaced Mel B and Heidi Klum, while Terry Crews took over from Tyra Banks as the show’s host. We are loving the work they are doing. They’ve really added something great to the show.

So we figured it would be a good idea to share some facts about the new judges. Maybe getting to know them better will ease the transition. Let’s start with Gabrielle.

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1. Gabrielle grew up in Nebraska.

She was born in Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She’s a huge fan of the Cornhuskers football team, and still attends games. In fact, last year she aced a round of Huskers trivia with Buzzfeed, and revealed she owns some pretty cool memorabilia.

2. She got her big break in “Bring It On.”

Gabrielle previously appeared in other teen movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That, but it was this cheerleading movie that really launched her career. She played Isis, the captain for Kirsten Dunst’s rival team.

3. She’s outspoken about representation in Hollywood.

“The opportunities to see yourself reflected on the big or small screen should not be limited to the pillars of communities or harmful stereotypical tropes,” she wrote in an essay forTime. “What about the beautiful stories in between?”

Gabrielle was a producer on the recent film Breaking In, which she also starred in. She also started the production company I’ll Have Another to produce the types of stories she wants to see more of.

4. She has starred in “Being Mary Jane” since 2013.

Gabrielle stars on the BET show as a successful news anchor named Mary Jane Paul, who is juggling her professional and romantic lives. She also serves as an executive producer on the show, which will air a two-hour finale movie in April 2019.

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5. She married Dwyane Wade in 2014.

Gabrielle had been dating the NBA player since 2009. Previously, she was married to former NFL player Chris Howard from 2001-2006. Gabrielle is stepmother to Dwyane’s three kids, and in November 2018, they welcomed their first child together — a daughter named Kaavia. She was born via surrogate.

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6. She wrote a book about her life.

It’s called We’re Going to Need More Wine, and hit shelves in October 2017. The book spent some time on the New York Times Best Sellers list for nonfiction. It includes essays about everything from her fertility struggles to being a stepmom.

As a victim/survivor of violence I can tell u tht it can easily happen 2 any1. I was at work when I was raped. Ppl still asked what i had on

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 30, 2015

7. She’s an advocate for sexual assault survivors.

One of the topics Gabrielle covers in her book is the story of being raped at her job at a Payless store when she was 19. She later sued Payless for negligence. She has also spoken about the experience on Twitter, calling out victim-blaming culture.

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8. She’s a businesswoman.

Gabrielle has a hair care line for textured hair called Flawless, and also created an affordable fashion line for New York & Company. To top it all off, she even has her own wine. It’s called Vanilla Puddin, and is described as a “full bodied Chardonnay” with “aromas of caramelized apple, pineapple and butterscotch.”

9. She’s starring in an upcoming show with Jessica Alba.

The first project for Gabrielle’s production company I’ll Have Another is a show called L.A.’s Finest. It’s a spin-off of the Bad Boys movies, with Gabrielle reprising her role. She and Jessica Alba play partner detectives. The show premieres May 13 on Spectrum.

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— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) March 4, 2019

10. She’ll judge “America’s Got Talent” this summer.

Production on Season 14 started in May. Gabrielle joined fellow new judge Julianne Hough, as well as returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel.

Dwyane Wade defends wife Gabrielle Union for ‘standing up’ against reported racism at ‘America’s Got Talent’ after she was ‘fired’ from the show

  • Basketball star Dwyane Wade took to Twitter to defend his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, after she was let go as a judge from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Friday.
  • Union had reportedly experienced racism on the set, which led her to speak out and subsequently get fired.
  • Wade said he was proud of Union for being selected to be a judge on the show, but was “even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US.”
  • The basketball player also praised Union for “not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass” while she was on the show.
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Dwyane Wade defended his wife Gabrielle Union after she was let go as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Friday.

On Twitter, the basketball star had nothing but praise for Union, commending her for standing up for what she believes in and also being a role model to their daughter.

—DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019 —DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019

Wade also highlighted the spike in viewership that “AGT” experienced after Union joined the show — and said he was still confused over Union’s firing since “she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”

—DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019 —DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019

On Twitter, fans of both Wade and Union showed their support for the couple.

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Variety reported that Union was let go from the show after she voiced complaints about racism she experienced on set, notably being told that her various hair styles were “too black” for the audience of “America’s Got Talent,” and receiving pushback from producers after she called out a contestant’s segment for being “racially insensitive.”

NBC and “AGT” producer Fremantle issued the following statement to Insider:

“‘America’s Got Talent’ has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host lineup has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for ‘AGT’s’ enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

A rep for Union didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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