Born to a father who is a professional basketball coach, Dwyane Wade already had athletic genes flowing in his blood and he did well by following in his dad’s footstep to become one of the most popular basketball stars worldwide. Although the famed sportsman is currently one of the most famous in the game and often made the headlines for his outstanding career achievements, Dwyane Wade’s marriage exploits with two notable women have also dominated the tabloids.
We would be totally correct to say that the player found his forte in basketball because the very first season earned him the title of All-Rookie Team. However, the journey has been long and tough, but Wade persevered, and today, he is known as one of the brightest shining stars to ever emerge from the NBA. However, this article will majorly focus on Dwyane Wade’s marriage.
Who Is Dwyane Wade Married To
Dwyane Wade has long given up the single life to embrace matrimony. His wife is the popular actress Gabrielle Union and they exchanged marriage vows on the 30th of August 2014, barely eight months after their official engagement in December 2013. Important to note that Dwyane Wade’s marriage to Union took off in a luxurious wedding that cost the whopping sum of $5 million, with both family, friends and fans in attendance.
How Did Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Meet?
The couple met for the first time at a sponsored Super Bowl bash which they both co-hosted. At the time of their meeting, Wade was still a married man but his union with his then-wife Siohvaughn Funches was going through a lot of strain.
On her own part, Gabrielle just got divorced from her ex-spouse Chris Howard, their divorce was finalized in 2006 after five years of matrimony. Before the year ran out, Wade proceeded to file for a divorce from his then-wife Funches.
Though they have been keeping it under wraps for over a couple of years, the lovers were first spotted as a couple in 2009. When the basketball player took Union to The Summer Groove – a charity dinner he co-hosted, the rumors started making the rounds that they were dating, especially since Dwyane Wade’s marriage with Funches just officially ended the previous month, even though they have both gone their separate ways since 2007. Not minding the whispers, Wade and Union made their official red carpet debut at that charity event, which served as the official announcement of their status as a couple.
After the divorce from his first wife was made official in 2010, Wade filed for the sole custody of his two sons and concentrated on his relationship with Union. Though their relationship sort of hit the rocks in 2013 as a result of career demands, the couple was able to sort their differences out and come back together. On her own part, Funches was really pissed off with Union and wasted no time letting her know about it by filing a lawsuit against her for what she tagged emotional distress. Unfortunately, the case was dismissed without a hearing. Thus, the case was never heard of again and died a natural death.
How Long Are They Married?
Dwyane Wade’s marriage to Union has endured for all of five years and still going strong. Wade seems to be doing better than his initial time because Union is not the basketball star’s first wife; he was formerly in a marriage with his high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches. Though they started dating as teenagers, the duo officially got married in 2002, Their union endured for five years, but came to an end in a 2007 separation. His first marriage birthed two sons – Zaire (b. 2001) and Zion (b. 2007).
Dwyane Wade’s marriage with his first wife resulted in an ensuing court battle that was long, as well as acrimonious. But in the end, he won sole custody of both his sons and still has other additions to the family-like his lovechild with Aja Metoyer who gave him a son and his daughter with his present wife who came through surrogacy. His own kids are four in number but he is also the guardian of his nephew, born by Deanna, his sister.