Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade confirms he fathered a son out of wedlock

 

Here’s 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 star’s 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, I’m moving on,” Wade told sports writers, adding he had recently seen the month-old baby.

Wade added that Union, 41, who stars in BET’s 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 we’re 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 wasn’t a father first. I’m always going to be a father first. That doesn’t 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 doesn’t, to me, state anything differently from what I’ve always shown.”

Miami Herald reporter Joseph Goodman contributed to this report.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity birthdays on Sept 16

    Blues singer B.B. King is 89. R&B singer Betty Kelly (Martha & the Vandellas) is 70. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 65 Actor Mickey Rourke is 58. Magician David Copperfield is 58. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 56. Actress Jayne Brook is 54. Singer Richard Marx is 51. Comedian Molly Shannon is 50. Singer Marc Anthony is 46. Comedic actress Amy Poehler is 43. Singer Musiq is 37. Rapper Flo Rida is 35. Actress Alexis Bledel is 33. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 26. Rock singer-musician Nick Jonas is 22.

  • At the movies

    Kevin Kline talks working with Dame Maggie Smith on ‘My Old Lady'

    Veteran playwright Israel Horovitz believes no actor is capable of doing it all. Except for perhaps Kevin Kline, who, Horovitz observed, “can do really a lot more than most actors can do.”

  • Celebrity roundup

    Beyonce and Jay Z end tour; Robin Thicke talks drug dependency; Pia Zadora resting comfortably

    An emotional Beyoncé was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their “On the Run” stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category