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Before Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade tied the knot, the actress made it clear that she is the one who requested a prenuptial agreement. Now, in an interview with Yahoo Style, the Being Mary Jane star is offering a deeper explanation for her decision. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On people asking when she’s going to have a baby:
“The fact that I can do a press junket for a movie and people ask me what’s happening in my uterus says a lot. They want 110 percent of what you have to offer. But now that I’ve been given a voice, I’m going to use it.”
On race issues in America and the death of Eric Garner:
“There’s a bit of a gap between what I really want to say and what I know is responsible to say. The general lack of compassion for your fellow man is really frustrating. I think what the protesters are saying, or at least some of them, is it’s not just about police brutality. It’s about a widespread systematic crippling of some people in this country by birthright, and no one’s acknowledging it.”
On why she requested a pre-nup:
“For women in Hollywood, when they’re coupling, everything is about the brand. Everything is about latching on to a rising star, so you can kick your heels up. That’s never been my story, ever. I make sure to let people know all of the hard work that’s gone into my career. I want people to know the work that it took to get through UCLA, that I had student loans and worked. I was eating Top Ramen and lived well below my means. Now that it’s time to get married to a man who happens to play basketball and has done well for himself, I want to make it clear that I have in no way hitched my wagon to his star. I have my own wagon and star.”
On if she considers Mary Jane a homewrecker:
“I think initially he is a home wrecker. He was dishonest. He started a relationship under false pretenses [by not telling her he was married], but I think she became a bit morally bankrupt on the way. That narrative is important to tell, which is why I was all for the story line. It shows what happens and all of the people who are affected in an affair. I look at it as a morality tale.”
Check out Gabby’s full interview here.
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Little Xavier Zechariah Wade turned one in November, and on his big day, he was surrounded by his family. The only person who didn’t appear to be there was his father, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.
While Dwyane acknowledged that he had Xavier during a ‘break’ in his relationship with Gabrielle Union, he hasn’t actually been seen with the little one in public, despite the fact that he openly lauds his relationships with his sons Zaire and Zion, as well as his nephew (all three boys have a great bond with Union as well). But that doesn’t mean that in private, Dwyane hasn’t been active in Xavier’s lie. Aja Metoyer, the mother of little Xavier, made that clear for the first time when a very disrespectful troll decided to criticize her and she made the choice to put the ill-informed individual in their place:
While he might not appear in pictures with his son, that doesn’t mean Dwyane hasn’t ‘liked’ or commented on ones Metoyer has posted of Xavier on social media.
When speaking on his “blessing” back when news came out about the child, Wade said that he would be there for Xavier, just as he has been for Zaire and Zion, but that he didn’t plan on speaking on the subject again.
“I had a time, a part 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.
I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now. So, I, my lady and my family have continued to move forward, and I think that’s evident with the ring and the proposal that I gave her, with our lives.”
There’s something about Gabrielle Union that I really like. Of course I don’t know her but she comes across as pretty authentic, especially within the past few years. She brought that same realness to her cover story interview with Uptown Magazine where she talked about her nude photo leak, her ideal super heroine character “The Baddest Bitch,” and being ok if she never has children. Check out a few excerpts and shots from the interview below.
The character she’d create for herself using the resources of her own production company, Stew U
“‘Um, did you just create a superhero called the Baddest Bitch?’ Yes,” she jokes over wine and cookies at Bar Pleiades, inside of the rakish Surrey Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side. “She’s got Sciatica and you know…thinning edges. And she fights…crime.”
What we can expect from “Being Mary Jane”
“She becomes obsessed with his new relationship and [questions] why it’s not her,” Union says of her character, who is social media-stalking her ex-boyfriend and his pregnant girlfriend. “Mary Jane starts to ask herself some hard questions. And she’s not liking all the answers. She can’t handle the truth. Not at all.”
On her cooking skills and providing [in LA]
“[My] collard greens have pork, not this new age Negro-like turkey neck shit, and [for my] honey cornbread, I add, a half a thing of honey to the Jiffy mix and I like to eat it raw. That’s when I’m like, ‘Am I depressed?’ There’s at least some self-respect with [eating] brownie batter, or you know, cake batter.” She also purchased a home in California (she is betting that the filming of her series will shift to Los Angeles). “I feel like Dwyane provides for us in Miami and I should provide for us in L.A. I bought a really great house and we’re remodeling. What I wanted is really in Bel-Air, but I have a deep Valley budget, so I’m there,” says Union of her real estate realities. “I got a lot of what I wanted, but I had to reevaluate my priorities.”
Living below her means
“I live so far below my means that if the career was taken away, I could get a job based on my level of education and my job skills, and I could still afford what I have. I plan ahead for the destruction, my financial ruin,” she laughs. “I might borrow some hot shit, but you’re gonna come to my house and be like, ‘What happened to that dope bag that cost as much as a home?’ I borrow that. I give it right back.”
On having kids
“I think my brain and my heart are screaming baby fever. My ovaries, however, they’re coughing up dust. Yes, it’s in my heart and in my mind, and we’ll see if my body catches up with that. I have really awesome stepkids, so I feel equally as fulfilled. I’ve lasted 42 years without having a human being come from one of my orifices and I feel okay and fulfilled and happy. If it does happen, it’s a miracle—a medical miracle at least. I mean, we’d love to. We’ll see what my ovaries say. Cause right now they’re taking Geritol.”
Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are adorable together. One minute they’re stunting on the runway, driving out in a car and the next Gabrielle Union is stealing the thunder from D Wade’s post game interview.
It’s common knowledge that Gabrielle Union is a presence to be reckoned with on the sidelines. She’s screaming and hollering and cheering and now she’s graduated to interviews with Sun Sports.
Last night, Dwyane had a standout game against the New York Knicks, scoring 27 points after being away for seven games with a pulled hamstring. The Heat ended up defeating the Knicks 86- 79 at Madison Square Garden.
And just as he was speaking to Sun Sports, Union ran up with some commentary of her own. See what she had to say in this cutesy moment in the video below.
When people found out earlier this year that Dwyane Wade had a child with another woman while on a “break” from his relationship with Gabrielle Union, everyone and their mother had something to say about it. When all that uproar died down, little Xavier Zechariah Wade went on to quietly grow up and have a happy childhood, being taken care of and loved immensely by his mother, Aja Metoye’r. And on November 10, he quietly turned 1, and recently had a party with his family to celebrate a whole year on this earth. Metoye’r wrote about how her little man has changed her life:
“Exactly a year ago at 7:03 am my lil man was born 1 of the most amazing days of my life.. There was a time when I thought I would never have a son .. But on November 10, 2013 my family and I were bless with Xavier Zechariah Wade.. I’ve spent every day since with you and every night sleeping next to you and constantly checking on u.. Even when you sleep through the night I don’t lol. I love being your mommy son. I could never imagine life with out you. I love Ur smile Ur hugs and sweet kisses. Love you always and forever son .. Love can’t even express how I feel .. Happy birthday baby my sweet special surprise XaveyBaby”
She went on to share other beautiful images of Xavier, including pictures of him days after he was born, and birthday wishes for him from family and friends. Dwyane Wade didn’t post any birthday wishes for his son on his social media pages, and it’s unclear if he was at the birthday party, but who knows? He could have been present and just stayed on the low. Check out more cute pictures of Xavier and the well-wishes for his birthday below.
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“It’s Not A Career Boost- It’s A New Form Of Sexual Abuse” Gabrielle Union Is Fighting Back After Her Nude Photo Leak
I think it’s safe to assume that the general public didn’t take the celebrity nude photo hacks seriously. In fact far too many people celebrated their release, posting and retweeting the photos, focusing more on their own feelings of misplaced glee at seeing these celebrities naked, than the fact that the rights of another human being, another woman, had been violated. To be clear, having your phone hacked and having pictures that were intended to be private, blasted across the internet, is nothing short of a violation.
And yet, the way many sites have reported the hacks and the way many people have interpreted the attacks, seem to suggest that these celebrities were stupid for taking the pictures in the first place. And as a result should feel shamed.
But eff what you heard.
Gabrielle Union sat down with Cosmopolitan to share the experience of having her photos leaked, how that particular violation felt and why, despite the invasive nature of the topic, she’s decided to fight back.
Gabrielle starts off telling the story of how she first learned her name was on the list of celebrities who had been hacked the day after her wedding.
I had been so happy that week, thinking about my wedding and honeymoon with my new husband, Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade. But suddenly, I felt paralyzed…Nude photos of dozens of stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were flying around the Internet…The shots had appeared on a website called 4Chan, where people can post anonymous comments and pictures. The site said more photos were to come, including mine. And so it began. It felt like The Hunger Games: You’re waiting to be attacked. Friends are assuring you that this will pass and people will move on to the next thing. But in this case, the next thing means the next victim — the next woman to have her naked body exposed to strangers against her will. And the crowd in the arena is going wild. People are critiquing and judging, cheering for more. They’re shouting, “Next! Next!”
My honeymoon was plagued by thoughts of when I would get hit. It was always in the back of my mind: Will today be the day my life gets ruined? I thought about my family and everyone the scandal would affect — my mom, who teaches classes about Catholicism to kids, and the three boys I had become a stepmother to when I married Dwyane. My husband, meanwhile, would always have to wonder who had seen intimate photos of me that only he was supposed to see.
The hit came three weeks later. I was on the final night of a beach retreat with Dwyane and the kids in Turks and Caicos. We had just given the boys a big lecture on how to protect themselves online, telling them to be careful what they post and what they say. Friends contacted me with the news: A photo of me had surfaced online.
She explained that the first leaked picture, one that wasn’t too revealing, was taken three years ago. And since Dwyane has a habit of losing his cell phones, deleted from both of their devices after he saw it.
This was just the first of many. Though all of the pictures had been deleted from both of their phones, years ago, they were making their way to the internet, for the world to see.
“I felt extreme anxiety, a complete loss of control. I suddenly understood that deleting things means nothing. You think it’s gone? It’s not. What is the point of even including a delete function on a phone if it doesn’t really delete? I had deleted the photos from my phone, but apparently they had remained on some server somewhere, unbeknownst to me, where hackers could find them.
I called my reps and attorneys, pleading, “Get the photos taken down.” They said it takes time — the shots were spreading fast, to some 50 sites within the first few hours. Nude pictures of other celebrities were appearing in this second wave too, including Rihanna and a new round of Jennifer Lawrence shots. I thought, this is a targeted attack, a hate crime against women. Photos of my friend Meagan Good showed up as well, and that really hurt — she’s like my little sister. We had become close while filming Deliver Us From Eva. She’s married to a pastor. I wanted to protect her from the inevitable character assassination. She was the target of a crime and did not deserve to be attacked.”
Experiencing this herself, watching her friends go through it and being on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, Gabrielle felt the need to speak out.
I didn’t like the public perception of this scandal — that we were just a bunch of narcissistic, sexually deviant celebrities who got what we deserved for being dumb. No one deserves to have a private moment stolen, whether it’s a photo, text, or email. Everyone has intimate parts of their life they don’t want the public to see
Some people say the publicity surrounding the photos helps our careers. We don’t need this kind of press. Jennifer Lawrence is the face of two billion-dollar franchises. It’s not a career boost — it’s a new form of sexual abuse. Other people think that they are entitled to know everything about us because we are celebrities, in the public eye. No. If I show my husband my naked body, it doesn’t mean everyone gets to see it. And people sometimes argue: But you wear skimpy bikinis — what’s the difference? The difference is that you are the one who chooses whether to show your body. When billions of people on the Internet can see you naked without your consent, it’s a crime.
Sadly, this is not the first time Gabrielle Union has been violated. When she was a college student, working at the Payless shoe store, she was raped by a stranger. She reported the incident and the man was caught and later prosecuted.
With one traumatic experience under belt, Gabrielle knew she had to speak out about this violation as well. She issued a statement about the photo leaks shortly after, explaining how women and especially Black women have been subjected to the nonconsensual sexual objectification of our bodies.
“I can’t help but be reminded that since the dawn of time, women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them.” For black women targeted in this attack, there’s an added dimension. Throughout history, our bodies have been open for public consumption, as in the days of slavery, when black women were taken into the town square to be sold. They were paraded around naked, to be inspected and critiqued for future sale and sure abuse.”
While still on her honeymoon, Gabrielle said she was hesitant about leaving her hotel room.
“I just wanted to hide. I had a wave of fear, thinking everyone had seen me naked. Then I thought, wait a minute, to hide is to act like a guilty person. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I went downstairs with my family and had breakfast. I ate some amazing bacon. I braced myself for battle.”
And while she was surprised to find support in unlikely places, like the paparazzi, there was a notable silence.
“I also want to know: Where are all the women’s groups, the feminists, demanding justice in this case? The silence is deafening.
She has a point there, even when feminist site Jezebel reported about Gabrielle’s article today, the tone of the piece seemed surprised, and dare I say irritated, that she seemed to call them out.
These days Gabrielle says she’s adjusting because her reality is certainly different now.
“Everything feels tainted. On Instagram, people tell me they’ve seen me naked. Walking into my favorite pizza place, I wonder who has seen the photos and what they are thinking. It’s part of daily life now. Some people have told me, “On the bright side, you look amazing in the photos.” I know they mean well, but this is a criminal act, a gross violation. It reminds me of the time someone asked me if my rapist was “cute.” That kind of misguided thinking lessens the severity of the crime and the horror of the experience.”
But despite this horrific experience, Gabrielle is trying to make the best of it.
“Here’s the way I choose to look at it: Bad things happen to people every day. It’s what we do with them that counts…Just keep going. Whatever your dreams were before, they still remain. You might feel like nothing will ever be the same. And that’s true — nothing will be the same. Take that and change things.”
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the baby in the baby carriage.
Newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade already have the love and marriage part down. Are they now gearing up to welcome a bundle of joy? That’s what a few of the Think Like A Man Too actress’s Instagram followers began speculating in the comments section of her Throwback Thursday post from yesterday. In case you missed it, the 41-year-old beauty took to her IG page with a photo of herself and Dwyane on one of their date night adventures in New York City. In the photograph, she’s wearing a loosely fitted dress, which some assumed there was a baby bump hiding under. Though Gabby explained her loose dress in the photo’s caption, it did nothing to stop the questions.
“#tbt NY date night at Carbone’s in my new fave boots and hat… you ever wear “good eatin clothes” so you can be comfy when the gluttony kicks in… yeah… that,” she wrote.
“She definitely looks preggo,” wrote one follower.
“Preggo?” questioned another.
Once Gab caught wind of the comments, she was quick to shut them down before the rumors could even begin to take flight.
“I wore a big dress so I could eat…no baby bump…reading is fundamental kids… am I the only one that dresses so I could can pig out? Or does everyone just unbutton their pants after dinner like big mama??? Lmao…y’all are funny.”
Well, that’s that. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to see whether or not the Wades decide to add to their clan. Gabrielle has expressed a desire for a child in the past, but stated that she’s not super pressed for it to happen.
How cute is this little man!? Those eyes are just so beautiful.
If you were picking your brain to find out who this little guy belongs to, we’ve got the answer: It’s Dwyane Wade’s son with Aja Metoyer.
Metoyer was pretty quiet on social media for most of the year after news broke about Wade having a child with her during a break from his relationship with Gabrielle Union, but she has popped back up on Instagram recently. The beauty has shared some new images of all her gorgeous children (she has two older daughters with actor/comedian Damon Wayans, Jr.), but we couldn’t help but swoon over Xavier Zechariah.
He will turn 1 in November and as you can see, he’s a strong mix of both his mother (the eyes are all hers) and his father.
When speaking of his baby boy at the beginning of the year, Wade had this to say:
“I had a time, a part 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.
…I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now. So, I, my lady and my family have continued to move forward, and I think that’s evident with the ring and the proposal that I gave her, with our lives.”
Check out more adorable images of little Xavier below.
“I Will Not Be Shamed”: Gabrielle Union Blasts People Who Think She Was A Fool For Marrying Dwayne Wade
“Why would you marry a man who cheated on you AND had a child with that side chick?? You deserve much better but I’m pretty sure that “money” is a major contributing factor to your decision.”
“Damn…dwayne knocks up a brawd and you took him back Lmaoooo”
“it must suck to have people all over the world laughin at you lol”
“sorry, but once a cheat, always a cheat. he’ll treat her the way he treated his first wife. she’ll get played, she can count on that.”
Well, Union isn’t having it. On Instagram yesterday she posted a beautiful photo from her wedding. In the caption she had a message for those who don’t have anything positive to say about her man and her marriage:
Last month, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade tied the knot during their highly anticipated wedding ceremony in Miami. The high-profile couple has since decided to share photos from their “epic” honeymoon with fans and social media followers. During their vacation, the lovebirds ventured to Tanzania and the Maldive Islands.
“When the Indian Ocean is ya swimming pool… You dive in! But first… Play that @beyonce baby,” Gabbby bragged in one post.
“Since I’m on my honeymoon and I’m missing fashion week in NY. I thought i would show you guys how I dress to go on a safari. It’s never a dull moment when @lawfullady is your stylist. #dopeselfie #manimfeelingmyself #imbestdressonthissafari #illmarrymetoo @zmalannewyork,” Dwyane wrote in another.
They look like they had a blast.
Check out more photos from their fabulous post-wedding voyage on the following pages.