The actress raises five children with her husband, Dwayne Wade.
Gabrielle Union is opening up about some of the most difficult parts of parenthood. In a recent interview with Health, the 48-year-old actress candidly spoke about how she discusses the harsh realities of racism and prejudice with her children.
"With the older kids, we talk about how the world is -- I'm not going to say changing, but at least acknowledging certain truths that we’ve known for the last 400 years", she said. "People might say different things, but the proof is always in the pudding. You have to watch their actions. If someone says, 'We value diversity,' go to their homepage and click on the picture of their board. That will tell you about their commitment to diversity."
Union and her husband, Dwayne Wade, raise five children together: 19-year-old Zaire, 13-year-old Zaya, 7-year-old Xavier, 2-year-old Kaavia and Wade's nephew, 19-year-old Dahveon.
While the actress is a stepmother to Zaire, Zaya and Xavier —who are Wade's kids from previous relationships—, she and the NBA player welcomed their youngest in 2018 via surrogate due to Union's years-long struggle with infertility.
The Bring It On star explained that speaking to their eldest daughter Zaya is a lot more complex than with her other kids because "there's so many roadblocks for her and her life." Still, Union and Wade make sure that she feels supported through everything.
"All we can say is, 'We're not going to leave you on the road by yourself. We'll be here. But this is what it is", said Union. "And it's OK to still be shocked and hurt and surprised when people that you thought you could count on to be better aren't—whether that's teachers, administrators, friends, parents, family members, strangers on the street."