We were so happy for Gabrielle Union earlier this month when she and long-time boyfriend Dwyane Wade announced they were engaged. And then our eyes bugged out when we saw the gorgeous 8.5-carat diamond sparkler on her finger. That thing practically hits her knuckle!
But it seems like maybe there’s a reason for such a high-caliber ring other than the normal celebrity status thing. The Miami Heat player recently fathered a child that he said was conceived while he and Gabrielle were “on a break.” Ok, things happen, condoms break, I get it ... but it looks like there’s evidence that he was not on a break, but actually cheated.
And it’s Gabrielle’s own Instagram account that did the talking. Well, that and the baby’s birth certificate. And math. It’s not complicated, actually.
Baby Xavier Zechariah Wade was born on November 10, 2013, to Aja Metoyer, who has two other children with Damon Wayans Jr. That’s about all we know about her. You know, except for the fact that she and Dwyane share a child together.
Working backward nine months (the usual amount of time it takes to grow a human child), there are quite a few sappy happy picture posts on Gabrielle’s Instagram account.
On February 5, she posted a picture of Dwyane snuggling with her pooch, and captioned it, "Sasha don't play when it comes to her man ... 'Down to ride 'til the very end, it's me and my boyfriend.'"
A few days later on February 9, there’s a cute pic of Dwyane holding one of her scripts, with the accompanying text, "It takes a village to help an actress learn her lines ... @dwyanewade takin a break from his Gatorade commercial to give me a line reading. Thanks coach :)"
It apparently goes on like that until April, when her posts turn to sad and depressing quotes about not being able to start over but making new endings and getting back up when you’ve been knocked down.
Then in May everything seems good again!
Here’s my prediction: That period of time in April is when Dwayne found out he was going to be a dad again and had to come clean. Gabrielle (who reportedly knew about the baby before the engagement) probably spent some time deciding what she wanted to do and ultimately took him back.
Regardless, love is messy and complicated and babies happen. No, it’s not an ideal situation, but if they’re happy and the kids are loved and taken care of, then it’s their business.
And hey, worst-case scenario -- she got one hell of a ring out of it.
Would you take someone back if they cheated on you?
Image via gabunion/Instagram