Gabrielle Union opens up about race, sexual assault, family and even her fertility struggles with her husband, Basketball star Dwayne Wade, in her upcoming book, “We’re Going To Need More Wine.”
“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” the 44-year-old Being Mary Jane star writes in her new book.
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant—I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
On October 17, We’re Going to Need More Wine will be available for sale. One of the most revealing excerpts that dropped is about her marriage to Chris Howard, a retired NFL running back who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
They were married from 2001 to 2006.
She opened up that the former Jacksonville Jaguars player proposed with a ring in one hand while eating KFC in the other.
The wedding was rocky too, with hungover bridesmaids, groomsmen jokingly objecting mid-ceremony and the pastor mispronouncing the A-lister’s name.
She admits these were some of the many ‘red flags’ that occurred during their 2001 nuptials, and claims it was a clue they were headed for a ‘crash and burn’ marriage.
The couple split in 2005 and the financial blow inspired Gabrielle to make sure she had a prenup for her marriage to Dwayne Wade, a Chicago Bulls shooting guard, in 2014.
Union has been married to NBA player Wade since 2014 and is a stepmother to his three sons from previous relationships.
“I never wanted kids,” she told People. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.”
“Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated,” she told People, referring to the side-effects of her IVF injections. “It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.”
Union is known for her activism in support of the Young Survivor Coalition and the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA.
As an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, she has traveled on behalf of the foundation in support of breast cancer survivors after she lost a friend to the disease.