Father, athlete, now author – NBA Star Dwyane Wade was recently photographed as he spent a little quality time with his sons Zaire, 10 and Zion, 5.
We hear that Dwyane was enjoying a smooth helicopter ride over the Swiss Alps. We also hear that his girlfriend actress Gabrielle Union was in tow.
According to his website – his new book; A Father First is set to drop next Tuesday.
In a small excerpt Wade talks about his failed marriage:
“…the reality was that the marriage wasn’t on solid ground. Obviously, during our struggles in college, we’d been through changes, and those were multiplied when I got drafted and we entered a whole different stage of newfound everything—not just the money but the fame, the status, the attention that goes along with that, and options for riches and rewards that grew over time.”
Everything was different. We might as well have gone from Robbins to Milwaukee to the moon. On one level, this was amazing and we could enjoy pinching ourselves that all the work had paid off. But on another level, because our relationship wasn’t tight from the get-go, other, bigger compatibility issues set in—such that we became even less close the more success there was.
Starting in 2003 with getting into the draft, we’d spend the summers apart with different schedules, basically going our separate ways. We never discussed breaking up. Summertime just came and we had other plans and chose not to be around each other, besides the shared time we had as parents.
That said, I saw these issues as things that I could fix. Just like me saying I could find a way to take care of the family. So the idea that we weren’t going to make it work as a team, well, I couldn’t think about that.
Besides, money was supposed to make things better, right? All those years of not having any and now we had the freedom and peace of mind to let go of the worry. As a father, I could finally feed my son— who was growing like a weed and continuing to amaze me as the little person that he was becoming. As a couple, we could soon afford a nice home and do things for friends and family that we never could before.
Did it bother me that Siohvaughn didn’t seem to always think to involve my family and friends in some of those fringe benefits? Yes and no. Yes, it bothered me; and no, I chose not to look at the negatives.
Being stubborn, I was going to make it work. that’s all I knew. There was trouble brewing, unfortunately. But I kept trying to get to that middle ground.
MOMMYNOIRE COMMUNITY CHAT
Based on A Father First excerpt – what are your thoughts? Would you love to hear his ex-wife’s take on how money and fame changed everything?
I know I would.
Words By: Karen “Kay Konnect” Hudson