Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Talk Paternity Leave, Miscarriages And What Changed Her Mind About Motherhood On OWN Special
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade got up close and personal during a sit down with Oprah Winfrey about their journey to parenthood for their upcoming OWN special. They shocked the world when they revealed on social media that they had welcomed their first child together via a surrogate. On the special, Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby, they will be discussing the emotional ups and downs they went through while trying to have a child together.
After eight miscarriages, many people would have been discouraged, but Wade and Union were determined not to give up.
“I could not let go of this idea of creating this life within me that I could feel, that tied me to him,” Union told Winfrey.
During the process of trying to have a child, doctors were suggesting different surgeries and procedures to help them conceive. While Union was up for the challenge, her hubby said there was a point where he had to step in because he felt “it was getting dangerous.”
“I’m watching her do things to her body and to herself where it’s getting to the point where it’s not healthy. I always told her ‘I want this baby as much as you do but I married you and you are the most important thing to me,'” Wade said. “So it came to a point where I started to feel a certain way about that because I didn’t want something to happen to her.”
Since Union didn’t carry their child, Wade didn’t have the opportunity to bond with the baby before birth. So when it came to taking paternity leave, he said saying yes was a “no brainer.”
“The connection that we both needed had to happen right away. I’ve always done things my own way. They expect my wife to take off, right? So why not expect me to take off as well? We’re parents and we are doing this together.”
Union also revealed that having a child was not something that she had ever envisioned for herself. The 46-year-old said she didn’t see motherhood as appealing until she became a stepmother to Wade’s three sons.
“I saw motherhood and parenthood with very realistic eyes. It looked hard when I wanted a life of flitting around the country and the lack of responsibility. Parenthood is sacrifice and being consistent and being present. Then he got full custody and I signed up for the boys quicker than I signed up for him.”
Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Their New Baby airs tonight (December 8) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. Tomorrow (December 9) the interview will air on SuperSoul Sunday and will stream on Oprah Winfrey’s Facebook at 11 a.m. ET/PT.
Take a look at a few sneak peeks of the candid conversation below.