Dwyane Wade confirmed Monday, Dec. 30 that he fathered a son during a brief hiatus from his now-fiancee Gabrielle Union.
The NBA player, 31, acknowledged that he was the father of a little boy, born about a month ago, whose mother is not longtime love Union. "I had a time, a part in our break, in our pain and our hurt, a blessing came out of it in my life, having a son that was born healthy," Wade said during a press conference Monday evening, as reported by the Sun Sentinel. "So I'm moving on."
Entertainment Tonight, which first broke the story, wrote that Wade and his fiancee had worked through the issue "privately as a couple." ET also reported that Union was aware of Wade's child with the other woman (whom the Miami Heat player has allegedly known "for many years") prior to getting engaged last week.
The pro basketball player is father to kids Zaire and Zion. Wade was awarded custody of his children following a contentious 3-year court battle with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. He is also raising his nephew and has made it clear that fatherhood is not a role he takes lightly -- even authoring bestselling book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.
Wade and Union have been dating since 2009 and took a brief break to focus on their respective careers. "I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship, so we kinda took a step back," the NBA superstar told Jay Leno back in September during an appearance on The Tonight Show.
As reported by Us Weekly, he proposed to the actress with a stunning 8.5-carat diamond ring by Jason of Beverly Hills. The couple shared snippets of their touching moment together via social media following his proposal.
The athlete opened up to Oprah Winfrey back in July 2012 of life with Union and his kids, "We're a family, and we're growing as a family every day. And I think that's the great thing about it." He added, "We have so much more room to improve as a family and it's awesome."
On Monday evening, Wade added, "But, like I said, this is something, obviously, private for my family that we will continue to deal with as a family. But we have a blessing to the bloodline, to the Wade bloodline."