Dwyane Wade Explains Why He Went Public with Daughter Zaya's Journey

  • Dwyane Wade Explains Why He Went Public with Daughter Zaya's Journey

Dwyane Wade Explains Why He Went Public with Daughter Zaya's Journey

The elder Wade and his entire family have been completely supportive of the young child ever since he announced his new identity.

The NBA star had to tell Union about the child when they reconciled in April 2013. Wade said in his new documentary, D. Wade recalls that he fathered a child with Basketball Wives star Aja Metoyerin when he and his then-girlfriend Union were on a break. They had been together since 2008 and Wade's son, six-year-old Xavier, was born in 2013. Metoyer later accepted a role on the popular show "Basketball Wives" reality TV show. They faced a scandal years ago when Wade fathered a child while he and Union were taking a brief break.

"For me, it's always about being able to adapt and being able to learn, and always being able to grow", Wade told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday in Chicago at the premiere of his ESPN documentary D. Hardest thing I have ever had to do is just man up and tell Gabrielle Union that I have had a child with somebody else... The thought of hurting Union's feelings weighed heavily on him, as Wade said: "I couldn't sleep".

Earlier this week, Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade announced that his 12-year-old transgender son would be going by the name Zaya from here on out. Back in 2014, Wade also gained custody of his nephew, Dahveon, 18. When you hold something in that you know's going to come out and you have this information and know it's gonna f**k someone's life up, that you care about, that you love, if it does not hurt you, then you are not human.

"Once Zaya came home and said, 'I want you to call me Zaya and I'm ready to take on this, ' I looked at her and said, 'You are a leader".

However, while it may have been hard telling Union at the time, the two were able to make it past that difficult moment and went on to announce their engagement in December 2013, and tied the know the following year.

"That was my push away from the game".

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. "It was time. There just came a point when I had to look in the mirror and say, 'What more do you want out of this?'"