How Gabrielle Union Is Teaching Retired Dwyane Wade Everyday Life Skills

Aby Rivas
May 26, 2019
11:00 A.M.
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Now that Dwyane Wade has retired from the NBA and is back home full-time, he seems to be a bit taken aback by some of the most mundane things. His wife, Gabrielle Union, recently explained that every day is now an adventure for the clueless former Miami Heat star.


Gabrielle Union recently visited “The Late Late Show With James Corden” to promote her new TV show, “L.A’s Finest,” alongside co-star Jessica Alba, and while talking about life after Wade’s retirement from the NBA last April, Union couldn’t help but make fun of her clueless husband.


“He has no idea what's happening," Union said.

"When he got into the NBA, he didn't have any money. He was pretty close to poverty. And now he's retired—he does OK for himself—but he's like, 'What is this place? There's all kinds of khaki shorts! And cargo shorts. And there's all different colors!' I'm like, 'That's Old Navy.’”



The 46-year-old actress explained that Dwayne is also particularly excited about trips to the carwash and Target. And to make matter even funnier, Gabrielle revealed Dwyane has no idea about the cost of essential products, like milk.

“He’s like, ‘What is that, $20?’ and I’m like, ‘What kind of goat’s blood milk [are you drinking]?'” she shared with a laugh.

“It's like he's just come out of a coma!" Corden joked.


And Gabby agreed, comparing Dwyane to Rip Van Winkle, the man from the Washington Irving story who falls asleep for 20 years and misses the American Revolution.

Union said she’s looking forward to the prospect of taking Dwyane to an exciting trip to the veterinarian, explaining that they have five dogs and yet, Wade has never been to the vet’s office.

"He's like, 'So is there, like, a VIP?'” she said. “And I'm like, 'No. It's a general waiting room. We take the dogs.' And he's like, 'And then what?' And I'm like, 'They get treated. Like the other dogs.'"



Wade played his final home game last month, and he admitted in an interview with ESPN that he would be headed to therapy to deal with the significant changes in his life.

In the past months, not only did he leave the NBA, but he and Union also welcomed daughter Kaavia James via surrogate last November.


“I was always against someone that don't know me telling me how to live my life or giving me instructions,” the 37-year-old admitted. “But I need someone to talk to about it. Because it is a big change.”

Although Dwyane revealed he has “no idea” what he wants to do next career-wise, he wants to try a bit of everything now that he has the time to do it.  

“I want to see what I can be great at. I'm so used to being great at something or trying to strive to be great at something,” he said. “That's what I want to be at whatever else I choose to do.”