*Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade welcomed their daughter Kaavia via surrogate in November 2018, and the actress admits that life since isn’t always sunshine and roses— but she’s doing her best as a new mom.
“The impression [of celebrity mothers is] that you’re perfect and beyond reproach,” Union told Us Weekly exclusively at the “America’s Got Talent” live show on August 27. “If you’re somebody that dares to have help, then that’s the new Hollywood mom narrative. So it really is kind of like, whatever.”
Union said of herself: “I just do the best that I can. I am super honest and transparent. Balance doesn’t exactly exist in my life. The idea of balance is a lack of balance and just admitting that and being, like, ‘I’m doing the best that I can and hopefully that people that love me still love me when I’m not hitting it out of the park in every area of my life.’”
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Hard pass on any “teaching moment” that comes at the expense of my dignity, self respect & peace. Google is a helluva drug. Cop that. And save your guilt infused tears thats supposed to me make feel bad about your problematic bs. Just embrace accountability & do better.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 29, 2019
Gabby shares 9-month-old daughter Kaavia with Wade — and is also stepmom to his sons Zaire, 17, Zion, 12, and Xavier, 5, from previous relationships.
“As long as Kaav is alive … and there’s food,” Union joked of her motherhood duties. “This weekend it was getting everybody Popeyes sandwiches — that was a win for us! [But], maybe not everyone showered.”
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 27, 2019
Union previously opened up to Us about not letting folks make her feel bad about being a working mom.
“I don’t have mom guilt, and I’ll tell you why. Being able to have the job that I love and the baby that I dreamed of [is great]. I’m a better mom because I’m able to go away and do what I love,” she told Us. “Even if I failed miserably, I’m following my dreams. … I would be less of a mother if I didn’t set out every day to try to make my dreams come true and other people’s dreams come true. So I don’t have guilt.”
You can catch Gabrielle Union on “America’s Got Talent” Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.