Dwyane Wade: Yes, I’m the daddy (though my fiancee’s not the mom)
Dwyane Wade has confirmed the reports: He’s the daddy of a baby boy whose mother isn’t his new fiancee Gabrielle Union.
“I had a time, a part 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,” Wade, 31, said during a news conference Monday in Denver.
The “break” he referred to was one with actress Union, 41, whom he’s been dating since 2009 but separated from briefly when her career and his injuries took them in different directions.
The boy, Wade’s third son, was born on Nov. 10 in Los Angeles, according to TMZ, which obtained the birth certificate. Xavier Zechariah Wade’s mom is one Aja Metoyer, 31.
“I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now,” the Miami Heat star said, according to the Sun Sentinel, which covered the news conference. “So, I, my lady and my family have continued to move forward, and I think that’s evident with the ring and the proposal that I gave her.”
Union was said to have been initially angry about the news, a source told E! Online on Monday, but the two worked it out.
Wade is already raising two sons, Zaire and Zion Wade, from his marriage to Siohvaughn Funches, from whom he split in 2007. Their acrimonious divorce was finalized in 2010.
No word on who will be raising Xavier, though it appears to be Metoyer, who has two other kids, according to TMZ. Sources told the website that Wade — who is not listed on the birth certificate as the father, though the child has his name — has visited his new son several times already.
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