It was an incredibly fascinating conversation between Dwyane Wade and Shannon Sharpe. The discussion revolved around Wade’s personal life, and Sharpe asked him a very personal and intimate question – which was tougher to handle, the pressure of being in the playoffs or telling Gabrielle Union, Wade’s wife, that he had a child with another woman while attempting to terminate their relationship.
Wade’s answer was insightful. He explained that both experiences were extremely difficult in their own way, but the latter was undoubtedly more challenging. He went on to share his thoughts on the importance of honesty and transparency in relationships, and how difficult it was to deal with the consequences of his actions. Despite the challenges, Wade expressed his gratitude for his wife’s understanding and support throughout the ordeal.
During one point of the interview, Dwayne, 41, recalled the point in his life when he had to tell Gabrielle, 50, that he had a child, a son named Xavier, with another woman during a break in their relationship in 2013.
During a hiccup in their relationship, Dwayne thought it would be best if they ended things.
The basketball Hall of Famer said: “I tried to pussyfoot around it, I tried to break up with her. ‘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.”
Since Gabrielle wanted to continue with their relationship, Dwayne knew that he had to have the “hard conversation” with the Hollywood actress
Dwayne continued: “You’re thinking about it all, it’s all scary. 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.
“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.”
In the end, Wade and Union ended up married happily ever after.
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