Gabrielle Union opened up about her fertility struggles in a live television interview. The”Being Mary Jane” star and husband NBA star Dwyane Wade remain childless and she, in speaking out, says she hopes to help other women and couples facing the same struggle.
The 43-year-old Gabrielle Union and 34-year old Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade have been married for a year. Yes, the couple has prevailed even through some intrusive publicity and a baby mama scandal that eclipsed their engagement announcement. But the couple did get married, and finally the focus returned to her acting career and his NBA career.
This time around, it’s Gabrielle Union herself making headlines for opening up about infertility and candidly admitting that she has not been able to have a baby with her husband who has three children from a previous marriage.
On Today Show in a live interview with co-anchor Hota Kotb, Gabrielle Union continued her outspokenness on what, sadly, has become a topic fraught with taboo and shame. She said, “If you happen to have issues with fertility as you’ve gotten older and you happen to have a career, all is not lost. There is so much hope, there are so many options.”
She was echoing previous comments she had made during an interview with Redbook magazine. In breaking her silence on the topic, she told the publication, “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger.”
During her Today Show interview, she also spoke out on this career versus family dilemma and the unfortunate stereotyping that’s remained pervasive in society. She said, “I think TV shows and films kind of make the frigid, single-focused career woman, that her career is the root of all problems in her life. That’s just not the case.”
She continued, saying, “Fertility is an issue, period. Having a career is not the price you pay for any ill.”
Later in the interview, she spoke about married life, saying, “You know, some people look at marriage as they end of freedom. And for some reason my husband has sort of looked at it as the freedom to finally be the man he always wanted to be.” She went on to say, “I’ve had to get used to him being so freakishly happy. It’s been good. He’s happy, and we’re comfortable.”
Just as she’s intended it, her open discussion of infertility is making the news, and, one hopes, as she hopes, that it offers solace to others who face these same challenges. You can see the reply video below of Gabrielle Union’s live interview.
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