The last time basketball hall of famer Dwayne Wade appeared on the Club Shay Shay podcast, he revealed that he and wife, actress Gabrielle Union, signed a water-tight prenuptial agreement where he will pay for his life and she will pay for hers, without exceptions.
Ahh the romance. Now, he’s back speaking to Club Shay Shay host Shannon Sharpe to talk about the very embarrassing and honest conversation Wade had to have with Union when he fathered a child outside of their relationship back in 2013.
Speaking with Sharpe, Wade said that he initially tried to pull the plug on their relationship.
I tried to pussyfoot around it, I tried to break up with her,” he revealed. “‘Hey, things have been bad lately,’ ‘Hey, we’ve been having a little distance in our relationship anyway,’ I tried all of that. She kept showing up.”
He ultimately stopped beating around the bush and told Union about conceiving son Xavier, now 9, with “Basketball Wives” star Aja Metoyer.
The “hard conversation” was something that he didn’t take lightly. “You’re thinking about it all, it’s all scary,” he revealed. “One, the whole situation is scary enough, you're a public figure. But you know that this is going to hurt someone that you’ve been building a relationship with and a life with.”
He continued, “No matter what people say on the outside, or what people want to think, ultimately you gotta sit with you, and you gotta sit with this person, and I had to sit with my wife and have this conversation.”
Calling that time in their relationship “scary,” he admits, “It hasn't been perfect. It will never be perfect, but that was nine years ago.”
He and Union eventually worked through the tumult and decided to stay together, getting engaged in 2013 and marrying a year later.
"We go to therapy. We've been to therapy. We've had shouts about it. We've had regular conversations about it, and so it's going to continue to be something that I have to work at and work on. It doesn't go away because years come or because I say, 'Sorry.'"
For her part, Union has previously spoken about how the ordeal a decade ago affected her, writing about how “broken” she felt in her 2021 memoir, “You Got Anything Stronger?”
"To say I was devastated is to pick a word on a low shelf for convenience," she wrote. "The experience of Dwyane having a baby so easily while I was unable to left my soul not just broken into pieces, but shattered into fine dust scattering in the wind."