Gabrielle Union did little to defend herself when her romance with the NBA’s Dwyane Wade earned her a “homewrecker” label, and the actress admits she felt bullied.
“I think people mistook me taking the high road as an admission of guilt. Dwyane and I made a decision very early to not react to the negativity,” Gabby recently told JET.
Gabrielle was the target of lots of criticism for her relationship with Dwyane, that reportedly began while he was still married to the mother of his children.
Dwyane and his ex-wife Siohvaughn engaged in a pretty ugly divorce that included Siohvaughn’s accusations that Gabby split up her marriage and was promiscuous in front of Dwyane’s children.
Although she stayed mum publicly, Gabby said she didn’t take Siohvaughn’s accusations lying down.
“I fought it. My life is just too easy to track. So, we were submitting plenty of proof for the times she said I was in Miami. So, it was like, you’re not telling the truth, and then the courts dismissed the case,” she said.
Gabby explained why she didn’t say more when the gossip first began.
“The kids. For the people that hire me, it’s a non issue, but at the end of the day, Dwyane’s kids are going to be the ones who really suffer,” she said. “They’re old enough to understand the mean things that strangers can say.”
While it was obviously a tumultuous time for the Think Like a Man actress that caused Gabby to consider bailing on her romance with D.Wade, she said that really wasn’t an option.
“This kind of love is a gift. It’s so consistent. There’s no way that I would trade it for the people who refuse to simply acknowledge the truth,” she said.
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—Tracy L. Scott