Heres a holiday shocker.
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade confirmed Monday night before a game against the Denver Nuggets that he had fathered a son out of wedlock.
The announcement came after rumors surfaced Monday afternoon about the basketball stars possible love child, first reported by Entertainment Tonight.
Wade said the child was conceived while he was temporarily separated from his current fiancée, actress Gabrielle Union.
I had a time apart and 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, Im moving on, Wade told sports writers, adding he had recently seen the month-old baby.
Wade added that Union, 41, who stars in BETs Being Mary Jane, was aware of the child before their engagement last week. Wade and Union, who have been dating since 2009, still plan to marry. A September wedding is likely.
This is something that my family knows and my now-fiancée worked through when we got back together and understood that we wanted to continue our lives together and continue supporting our family, and were going to do that.
Wade, 31, who already has two sons, has made it a side career to promote responsible parenting. He has written a book on the topic, called A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball...
Wade fought his ex-wife to win custody of their two sons, Zaire and Zion.
Asked if the birth of a child out of wedlock muddled his message, Wade said no.
It would compromise it if I wasnt a father first. Im always going to be a father first. That doesnt change... But, like I said, this is something, obviously, private for my family that we will continue to deal with as a family but we have a blessing to the bloodline, to the Wade bloodline. And from that standpoint, it doesnt, to me, state anything differently from what Ive always shown.
Miami Herald reporter Joseph Goodman contributed to this report.