Dwyane Wade Opens Up About the Moment His 12-Year-Old Came Out to Him
The future NBA Hall of Famer discussed his parenting experience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
On Tuesday, retired NBA legend Dwyane Wade appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The two discussed the passing of Wade’s friend Kobe Bryant, as well as his upcoming ESPN documentary, D. Wade: Life Unexpected.
In recent months, Wade has garnered headlines due to his and wife Gabrielle Union’s supportive parenting of their 12-year-old transgender daughter Zaya.
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On Ellen, Wade candidly described the moment his child came out to him. Watch the full segment above.
“Zaya,” Wade said, “our 12-year-old, came home–I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion; Zion, born as a boy–came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, and I’m ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as she and her. I’d love for you guys to call me Zaya.”
Wade revealed that Union reached out to Pose cast members in an effort to educate themselves.
“Internally, now it’s our job to go out and get information. To reach out to every relationship that we have. My wife reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose. We just try to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self.”
D. Wade: Life Unexpected premieres February 23 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN.