Dwyane Wade was chattier than usual Thursday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, even on topics that are normally off limits.
The Miami Heat star, dressed in a dapper black suit, was asked about his significant other, Gabrielle Union, and instead of demurring as he usually does, Wade admitted that being a celebrity couple is “very hard” and that the two did indeed “take a step back” during the NBA finals. But “at the end of the day, we came back together.” The couple attended teammate LeBron James’ wedding last weekend, Wade recounted, and said it was a “beautiful, beautiful” ceremony, but that all the guests felt out of touch without their cellphones, which were prohibited for privacy reasons.
Wade also discussed some of the things he did over the summer — spending some time in Turks and Caicos with his two sons. Something we didn’t know about the big guy: Absolutely hates the ocean. “I’m not a water guy,” he confessed.
So what was the reason for coming on the late night show? To promote a few things going on — Wade’s new sock line with Stance, coming out Nov. 1. He showed off a striped pair to fellow guest Tim Allen, who grabbed a pack for himself. Wade also wants the public to come on out Thursday to support him at his second annual fashion fundraiser, A Night on the RunWade, benefiting his Wade’s World Foundation at the Moore Building and in conjunction with Neiman Marcus. For tickets: runwade.org
Oh and Wade’s not done with TV, not by a long shot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s doing a cameo on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally airing early next year.
In the money
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? We’ll tell you who: Aaron Zahoran, a Kendall native and School for Advanced Studies-South grad who is in his first year at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Zahoran, 18, who is majoring in chemical engineering, won $13,500 on the Fox show that aired Thursday.
Zahoran tells us what he’s doing with his winnings: “I’m going to buy a new laptop that will hopefully last me for the rest of my education.” The remainder will go to savings or travel.
Was he nervous being on the show? Heck ya. “Both of my arms went numb as soon as I got in front of the camera,” he recounts. “But I was encouraged to emote, show enthusiasm and make jokes with the host, Cedric the Entertainer. The only way I believe I was able to deal with the pressure was from what I learned during my time competing on the Quiz Bowl and Mock Trial teams at SAS. The ability to think quickly on my feet was a crucial element to my success.”
Too bad, so sad. The low-rated E! reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? has been axed after just one season, confirms The Hollywood Reporter. The University of Florida grad and Olympic champion will have to turn his focus back to the swimming pool, and we’ll have to go back to seeing what the Kardashians are up to.
If you thought his last trip to North Korea was controversial, just wait until Christmas time when Dennis Rodman and his best gal pal, drag queen Elaine Lancaster, may visit the baller’s best bro Kim Jong Un on an alleged goodwill mission to hand out toys in the communist country. Christmas, incidentally, has typically been a nonevent in the country that has been known to arrest Christians for celebrating it.
In a Twitter exchange over the weekend, Lancaster asked our opinion about her potential mission, to which we replied, “if you can spread joy, peace, and bring [American prisoner] Kenneth Bae back as a present to the US, go for it.” More tweets went out between us and Lancaster, while Rodman apparently retweeted some. Then the Feds got wind of things and, well, Lancaster got a slap on the wrist from Rodman’s camp, which allegedly received a call from the State Department. “My intentions were good,” said Lancaster, who deleted a few posts.