NBA Miami Heat star basketball player, Dwyane Wade, fathered an out-of-wedlock love child recently, according to a report in Entertainment Tonight, while he and actress Gabrielle Union, his fiance, had briefly split up.
Dwyane Wade, 31, informed Union, 41, about the child before he asked the star of BET’s Being Mary Jane for her hand in marriage sometime during the week of Christmas. They officially announced that they were engaged on December 20.
Wade and Union have worked through the news together. The NBA star has known the mother of his third child for years, though her name has not yet been made public.
The two celebrities have been dating each other since 2007, and it’s been rumored that Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union will be married possibly in September 2014.
Dwyane Wade Takes the Role of Fatherhood Seriously
Dwyane Wade has two sons, Zion and Zaire, from his previous marriage to ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. He won custody of his sons in court after a heated battle. The child that has recently come to light will be his third, and it is expected that Wade will do his utmost best to be a good father to the baby, as he takes the role of fatherhood very seriously. He also is acting as the current caregiver to his nephew, Dahveon Morris.
Wade has been active in the promotion of responsible parenting, and he has even written a book about the subject, which he titled A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.
Gabrielle Union’s Outlook on the Announcement
Besides starring in Being Mary Jane, Gabrielle Union also starred in the movies Bad Boys II and Bring It On. She is taking the news of Dwyane Wade having had a relationship with another woman — which resulted in Wade’s third child — while they were dating rather stoically, looking at it as a growth experience.
Gabrielle wrote on Twitter a message that shows she wants to turn this potential obstacle to her relationship with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade into another way to become stronger as a person. She seems determined to stand by her man and not to let the news ruin their relationship. “U never lose,” Gabrielle wrote in her tweet, “when u work on yourself.”
The Marriage of Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union is Still On
The engagement and marriage of Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union is still on, proving, if you’re not of a cynical outlook, that love conquers all.
Despite Dwyane Wade fathering a love child while he and Union were separated for a while in 2013, the couple are not letting that tear them apart. With that sort of love between them, they are sure to be great parents to Wade’s children and nephew, and to any children that the couple may have in the future.
Written by: Douglas Cobb