Actress Gabrielle Union, 46, and her husband, NBA player Dwyane Wade, 36, announced the birth of their first child together via surrogate on Thursday.
“We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that, our miracle baby, arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl,” the two wrote on their social media accounts.
Wade was absent from the Miami Heat game on Wednesday night, and the birth of his first daughter was the reason.
Union and Wade wed in August 2014 and soon experienced fertility issues. The Being Mary Jane star wrote about having eight to nine miscarriages in her New York Times bestselling memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine.
In July, Union appeared on Dr. Oz’s daytime show and spoke about the failed pregnancies.
“Initially, I didn’t know what the issue was,” she said. “I got off birth control, I got married, and I was ready to start a family. I didn’t think there was going to be any problem, and there was. So I was always having these early miscarriages. Some from IVF, some just naturally happening on our own.”
The actress later learned she was unable to conceive due to a type of endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.
A LOVELY DAY ↓❤️ ↓ pic.twitter.com/uzLKdGbzbD
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 8, 2018
Their latest bundle of joy will join a blended family. The couple raises two of Wade’s three sons and one of his nephews. Union made headlines in the summer for discussing how she tackles colorism with her stepsons.
In September, the EBONY cover star spoke about her businesses and why she doesn’t adhere to the myth of balance as a working mom.
“My husband is living his best life,” she told the publication. “He’s carefree, but it’s also because no one is putting s**t on his plate about him having to balance anything. He’s open about having a village that helps with childcare. He’s honest about not having every business answer because he has a team in place.”
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.