Dwyane Wade publicly acknowledged Monday that he fathered a son, born a month ago, outside of his relationship with fiancee Gabrielle Union. His acknowledgement comes a day after several media outlets reported the news (and possibly identified the baby’s mother).
“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 said of his relationship with Union. “So I’m moving on.”
Prior to the Heat’s game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center, Wade addressed the birth of his son in a press conference.
“I’m in the public eye, so obviously that’s a part of it,” Wade said of the private matter becoming public. “It comes with the territory.”
Continuing, Wade elaborated on what’s important to him.
“I always focus on what’s most important to me and my family, and that’s being a great father. I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now. 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, with our lives.”
As previously reported, Wade said he has spent time with his newborn son.
“Yeah, I’ve got a chance to see him,” he said. “You know me. I’m involved in my kids’ lives. When my kids were living at home with me, or wasn’t living at home with me, I tried to do everything I could to see them. Obviously I got custody of them for different reasons, but nothing changes with my life.
“Like I’ve said, this is something that my family knows and my now fiancee 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. That’s what I’ve always done.”
He said he does not believe this latest revelation has compromised how he should be viewed.
“It would compromise it if I wasn’t a father first,” he said. “I’m always going to be a father first. That doesn’t change. If you decide to when you can be a father, that’s when it compromises.
“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.”
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