Inside AGT Judge Gabrielle Union's Marriage with Dwyane Wade: From Demanding a Prenup to Having a 'Miracle Baby'
Actress Gabrielle Union and her Miami Heat star husband, Dwyane Wade’s love continue to blossom while using their fame to create a positive change.
The longtime couple’s journey together started when Dwyane proposed to Gabrielle in December 2013. A few months after their engagement, Gabrielle revealed that she demanded a prenuptial agreement.
"For this marriage, the biggest difference between this and the last marriage will be a prenup, at my insistence," Gabrielle told ET. "When you have your own stuff, you don't need to worry about anybody else's stuff… The reality is, I've never seen Dwyane balance a checkbook, so I got to protect my stuff."
Eight months later the two got married in Miami, surrounded by an intimate gathering of friends and family for a ceremony officiated by John Legend.
While both had previously been married, Dwyane’s first marriage to his high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Wade in 2002 ended in custody battles.
They divorced in 2007 after the birth of their second son, Zion on May 29, 2007, and Dwyane finally got custody of Zion and his older brother Zaire born on February 2002.
According to Judge Renee G. Goldfarb, who presided over the custody battle in Chicago, Siohvaughn “embarked on an unstoppable pattern of conduct for over two years to alienate the children from their father,” and awarded sole custody to Dwyane.
Afterward, Dwyane sued Siohvaughn for defamation after she made false allegations against him in 2009, but he dropped the lawsuit after she withdrew the claims.
The Miami Heat shooting guard wanted to share his emotional struggles in the hopes that it will inspire others and published his book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball,” in May 2013.
“I was really focused on helping someone else in the same situation I’m in. As a role model, you have kids that look up to you. You have adults that look up to you, as well,” Dwyane wrote. “If I can give them the confidence and hope in certain situations in life, then I’ve done my job as a role model.”
No stranger to personal troubles, Gabrielle suffered from adenomyosis and struggled for years to get pregnant, and the times she did it ended in miscarriage.
The couple then decided to have a baby via a surrogate and welcomed their daughter, Kaavia into the world on November 2018.
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 in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl! #onelastdance @itsgabrielleu ❤️ ♥️ ♥️ pic.twitter.com/JudAeQlbJ7— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 8, 2018
Because of difficulties Gabrielle and Dwyane faced in having a child of their own, they called little Kaavia their “miracle baby,” as Gabrielle wrote, “I’ve cried so many times today for so many reasons, mainly because I’d gotten accustomed to heartbreak and disappointment. I think a lot of us live in that space. I set up shop there. This moment reminded me that miracles do happen."
The actress credited Michelle Obama for inspiring her to share her story when Michelle candidly wrote about her fertility issues in her memoir, “Becoming.”
"What Michelle and Barack did was like another strong, powerful voice in the African-American community stepping up, educating, and having responsibility in saying, 'You're not the only one.’ It was great for us and the reason we decided to talk about everything that we went through,” Gabrielle told Oprah in 2019.
In July 2019, the couple made their way to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where Dwyane got honored at the 2019 ESPY Awards.
During Dwyane’s acceptance speech, he told Gabrielle how much he loved her and proposed to her for the second time.