“She said yes”, was what Wade posted alongside a picture of Gabriel’s hand with a huge, square cut diamond ring on a very happy ring finger. Ecstatic fans immediately got the drift, flooding Twitter with their congratulations and well wishes.
Gabriel also posted the same picture, her message read, “So this happened”.
Dwyane Tyrone Wade is a 31 year old basketball player for the Miami Heat. Gabriel Union is ten years older than Wade, but that has not hindered the couple’s affections for each other.
Gabriel Union is an actress, she is known for her roles in films like, She’s All That, Bad Boys II, and the recent, Think Like a Man.
The couple has been together for four years. They took a break earlier this year so that each may concentrate on their career. Wade, who was battling several injuries, needed time to focus his time on trying to win a championship. According to him, during an interview with Jay Leno, on The Tonight Show, Gabriel was gone most of the year filming her new show Being Mary Jane.
This will be the second marriage for both Dwyane Wade and Gabriel Union.
Gabriel Union was married to former NFL running back Chris Howard. Union has admitted on several occasions that her constant nitpicking may have led to the demise of the relationship. The pair parted ways in 2006, after five years of marriage. In an interview with Hollywood Life, Union stated that she had learned much from her prior marriage, one lesson being that she needs to give the men I her life a chance to make mistakes and be human.
Wade was previously married to high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches. Together the couple had two children, Zaire and Zion. The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2010.
There is a lot of worry among fans about how the former Mrs. Dwyane Wade will take the new engagement news. There is much cause for the worry, as the couples long and bitter divorce was riddled with displays of erratic behavior by Ms. Funches.
Wade has full custody of his two sons and has often spoken of how he relishes his role as a single father. He recently wrote a book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, in which he speaks of his most esteemed career as the father of his children.
Wade is also known for his humanitarian efforts. He won a BET award earlier this year to honor him for all his work off the court. Wade’s foundation helps promote literacy and health by supporting community-based organizations. Wade runs the foundation with the help of his family.
The announcement of the engagement of Dwyane Wade and Gabriel Union has been long anticipated by their fans. In an interview with Oprah Wade said of Gabriel, “she makes my eyes sparkle”. There was no need for him to mention that however, for anyone watching the couple together could see the obvious sparkle in both their eyes.
By Earnestine Jones