Dwayne Wade visited with Shannon Sharpe On Club Shay Shay and shared what it was like, telling Gabriel Union that he had fathered a child outside of their relationship.
The couple were on a break but Xavier Wade who is now 9 years old, was very much in the picture at the time.
According to Complex he knew he had to tell Gabriel before the news became public knowledge.
“I had to sit with my now-wife about this and have this conversation,”
“I couldn’t have gotten through that moment without her sticking with me. We were in the playoffs, I think even going into the finals. That was a rough time for me, bro. You got a lot on your mind, you’re keeping something from people you love and it’s heavy. At night, when it get quiet, and it’s just you and your thoughts, them thoughts is loud.”
He continued, “I tried to pussyfoot around it. I tried to break up with her. ‘Hey, things have been bad lately. Hey, we been having a little distance in our relationship anyway.’ I tried all that. She kept showing up. And so, it hasn’t been perfect. It would never be perfect. But that was nine years ago.”
Wade then explained that they go to therapy and have had many conversations about the situation.
“It’s been something that is gonna 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, ‘I’m sorry.’”
He added, “When it comes to my wife and I, it’s always there. But when it comes to my son, that’s hard for him. This is gonna always be there. He’s done nothing. … I think about that. We’re adults. We’re gonna get through it or we ain’t gonna get through it. … This is a young kid who has already got a negative impact next to his name … because of how he was brought into this world. …. At the end of the day, this is my family. This is my story.”
In addition to Xavier, Wade is father to 21-year-old Zaire, 16-year-old Zaya with ex-wife Siovaughn Funches, and 4-year-old Kaavia with Union.
Dwayne, Xavier and Aja
In November of last year, Wade and his family came together with Xavier to celebrate his 9th birthday.
Xavier’s mother, Basketball Wives star Aja Metoyer was chastised for being a homewrecker but insisted her child was not a ‘break baby’.
In 2018 OK Magazine reported that Dwyane was having relationship problems with his then-girlfriend, Gabrielle Union, and he and Aja found themselves single at the same time.
Sparks flew between the two of them, and they conceived a child before he got back together with Gabby, proposing shortly thereafter.
The timing looked bad, and fans were unforgiving, labeling her child a “break baby” and Aja “the mistress.”
“I think that a little bit of mathematics needs to be done. I’ve known the person ten years,” Aja explained. “My son is not a break baby. He’s almost four. Do the math.”
Moreover, she wants people to understand that she wasn’t there to destroy Dwyane and Gabby’s relationship.
“I’ve never been a mistress, side chick, any of those things,” she insisted. “I’m not a homewrecker… I wish I was a little Jezebel, you know? It might have worked out for me better that way,” she joked.