Gabrielle Union and longtime boyfriend Dwyane Wade have maintained a low profile amidst persistent rumors that their romance started while he was still married. So, why did the couple recently feel compelled to open up about the relationship?
According to Gabrielle, the two finally decided to grace the cover of a magazine together because they wanted to show a happy brown-skinned couple.
“We didn’t realize that what people were thinking was that we were being kept off of covers and that we were being shunned because we were a darker-skinned African-American couple, and when we realized that—and people were like, ‘We want more images of darker-skinned African-Americans’… We were like, ‘Are we being a little selfish?’"
Gabby said she and D.Wade “have a ball together” and decided to share a little of that with their fans.
While the Think Like a Man star said she’s gotten a lot of positive feedback from the cover, there’s little doubt that Dwyane’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn, who filed a lawsuit against Gabby back in 2010 for allegedly breaking up her marriage and poorly supervising her children, wasn’t thrilled about the magazine feature.
Although they’ve been together for years nearly three years, it remains to be seen whether the two will make it down the aisle. At the taping of the BET Honors awards show earlier this month, Gabrielle joked that Dwyane had a [NBA] ring and that she was the one who should be sad about not having a ring yet.
Gabby talks more about how people have responded to the Essence magazine cover. Watch.
—Tracy L. Scott