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Gabrielle Union Keeps It Real About Cheating On Her First Husband

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Gabrielle Union and ex-husband Chris Howard during Bad Boys 2 Premiere After Party Sponsored By Sprite Remix at The Supper Club in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

*Gabrielle Union got candid about her past infidelities during her first marriage on the latest “Armchair Expert” podcast with host Dax Shepard

“I definitely was not getting Wife of the Year Awards,” Union said of marriage to NFL running back Chris Howard, Too Fab reports. “I had some focus issues, you know.” 

Union and Howard were married from 2001 to 2006, and she told Dax that “neither one of us felt like the marriage should get in the way of our dating.”

Union said she felt “entitled” to cheat because she was paying the bills at the time.

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Gabrielle Union attends the Premiere of Disney’s “Cheaper By The Dozen” on March 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“I felt that that’s what comes, the spoils of riches,” she said. “Like my dad before me, whoever has the most gets to do whatever the hell they want, is what I thought.”

Union described her past marriage as “a stupid relationship that should never have gotten out of the dating phase.”

“A part of it was like keeping up with his activities, like, ‘Oh, that’s what you’re doing? You’re going to feel this one,’ and I just felt entitled to it as well,” Union told Shepard about Howard, PEOPLE reports. “I was paying all the bills, I was working my a– off, and I felt like that’s what comes, the spoils of riches.”

The actress also noted that during her marriage to Howard, she “was horny for validation and having certain kinds of guys like me and want me.”

“In hindsight, yes, I absolutely needed something from them that I was not providing for myself, and neither was my marriage, but I think I provided something for them too,” Union added.

“Guys can be just as big as groupies – if not more – than women, so it was a trade off… We were both crappy people going through s— and clearly not going to enough therapy.”

Union has been married to former NBA star Dwyane Wade since 2014. She said both she and Wade had to do some “inner” healing work before they could be together.

“We randomly came back around as more healed people and more open to understanding our complicity in some of the challenges that we created for ourselves,” she said.

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