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Gabrielle Union Reveals She Faced Backlash After Daughter Kaavia’s Birth via Surrogate

*Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade opened up about their unique journey to becoming parents in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing Dec. 8 on OWN.

“You’re finally a mother at 46,” Oprah says in an all-new special, Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby.

Union smiles while answering, “Yeah.”

The power couple, who wed in August 2014, was met with backlash from people who questioned why the actress made her baby announcement by way of photos showing Union resting in a hospital bed with her husband. Their daughter Kaavia James was born via surrogate.

“Everyone started talking about why she acting like she just had a baby,” Wade shares.

“You want to explain that?” Oprah asked Union.

“I’m already getting choked up. It’s still hard to let go,” Union added. She previously opened up about her struggles with infertility in her 2017 memoir “We’re Going to Need More Wine”. Gabby revealed she “had eight or nine miscarriages.”

“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,” wrote Union, who was diagnosed with Adenomyosis, a type of endometriosis that only occurs in the uterus.

“I never wanted kids. Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them,” she told PEOPLE in September 2017.

Wade is dad to sons Xavier Zechariah, 5, Zion Malachi Airamis, 11, and Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 16. He also raises nephew Dahveon Morris, 17.

 

“So then I thought, ‘Well maybe I might be good at this, and maybe this is something I want to explore,’” she continued. “And I’m madly in love with this dude, so [having a baby] is something we could look into.”

Union and Wade’s Oprah interview will air on Winfrey’s “SuperSoul Sunday” and will stream on her Facebook page at 11 a.m. ET/PT. In addition, the interview will be available on Oprah’s “SuperSoul Conversations” podcast beginning Dec. 10 with part two available on Dec. 12.

“Oprah at Home with Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade & Their New Baby” will air on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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