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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade confirms he fathered a love
FILE - In this July 17, 2013,
Actress Gabrielle Union, left, and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade arrive at the ESPY
Awards in Los Angeles
Here’s a holiday shocker.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade
confirmed Monday night before a game against the Denver Nuggets that he
had fathered a son out of wedlock.
The announcement came after
rumors surfaced Monday afternoon about the basketball star’s possible
love child, first reported by Entertainment Tonight.
Wade said the child was conceived while he was temporarily separated from his current fiancée, actress Gabrielle Union.
had a time apart and 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. So, I’m
moving on,” Wade told sports writers, adding he had recently seen the
Wade added that Union, 41, who stars in BET’s Being Mary Jane,
was aware of the child before their engagement last week. Wade and
Union, who have been dating since 2009, still plan to marry. A September
wedding is likely.
“This is something that my family knows and my
now-fiancée worked through when we got back together and understood
that we wanted to continue our lives together and continue supporting
our family, and we’re going to do that.”
Wade, 31, who already
has two sons, has made it a side career to promote responsible
parenting. He has written a book on the topic, called A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball...
Wade fought his ex-wife to win custody of their two sons, Zaire and Zion.
Asked if the birth of a child out of wedlock muddled his message, Wade said no.
would compromise it if I wasn’t a father first. I’m always going to be a
father first. That doesn’t change... But, like I said, this is
something, obviously, private for my family that we will continue to
deal with as a family but we have a blessing to the bloodline, to the
Wade bloodline. And from that standpoint, it doesn’t, to me, state
anything differently from what I’ve always shown.”
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