Dwyane Wade didn’t know how to tell Gabrielle Union he fathered a child with another woman while they were on a break — so he almost didn’t.
The retired NBA player looked back on the 2013 scandal in an interview with Shannon Sharpe Wednesday, admitting he “tried to break up” with his now-wife instead of coming clean.
“I tried to pussyfoot around it,” the 41-year-old explained.
At the time, he told the actress, “Hey, things have been bad lately. … We’ve been having a little distance in our relationship anyway.”
Union, however, “kept showing up” for the Miami Heat player, and he ultimately told her about conceiving son Xavier, now 9, with “Basketball Wives” star Aja Metoyer.
“You gotta sit with you and you gotta sit with this person if this is who you’re going to be with,” he recalled during the “Club Shay Shay” episode. “I had to sit with my wife and have this conversation.”
Telling the truth was “scary” for Wade because he knew he was going to “hurt” his partner.
“I couldn’t have gotten through that moment without her sticking with me,” the Olympian said. “That was a rough time for me. You got a lot on your mind. You’re keeping something from people you love. It’s heavy.”
Xavier was born in November 2013, joining Wade’s eldest two children — Zaire, 21, and Zaya, 16 — with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches.
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Two years after the little one’s November 2018 arrival, Wade admitted in a “D. Wade: Life Unexpected” documentary that telling Union about his and Metoyer’s baby boy was “the hardest thing” he’s ever done.
“I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t eating,” the former point guard said in February 2020. “When … you have this information and you know it’s gonna f–k somebody’s life up that you care about, that you love, if it don’t hurt you, then you’re not human.”