Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade delighted fans by announcing that they have become parents to a baby girl.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2014, dropped their surprise news on Twitter, sharing pictures of themselves holding their bundle of joy in hospital.
They wrote: ‘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!’
While a loved-up couple welcoming their much-wanted baby is always something to celebrate, the arrival of baby girl Wade is even more emotional thanks to Gabrielle’s tough journey with fertility.
The 46-year-old has been open about her struggles with conceiving, having suffered multiple miscarriages while trying for a child with her husband.
Dwayne is a father-of-three from previous relationships – he has sole custody of his two sons Zaire, 16, and Zion, 11, from his marriage to Siohvaughn Funches. He welcomed son Xavier, 4, with friend Aja Metoyer while he and Gabrielle were on a break in 2013.
The basketball star also raises his 17-year-old nephew Dahveon, and when Gabrielle married Dwayne, she became a step-mum of three (Xavier lives with his mother).
Gabrielle told People: ‘I never wanted kids. Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them. ‘So then I thought, “Well maybe I might be good at this, and maybe this is something I want to explore. And I’m madly in love with this dude, so [having a baby] is something we could look into”.’
However, when she and Dwayne began trying for a baby, things didn’t happen as naturally as they planned.
Constant questioning from people makes it harder
Writing in her memoir We’re Going To Need More Wine, Gabrielle wrote: ‘I have had eight or nine miscarriages. For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant – I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.’
Gabrielle’s quest to become pregnant was even harder as people constantly questioned her about when she would have a baby.
She told People: ‘For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, “Do you want kids?” A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say “no” because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.’ She added that people instantly speculated that she was pregnant every time she was bloated.