Dwyane Wade: Why His Daughter Zaya Isn't Celebrating Pride This Year

Why daughter Zaya isn’t ‘celebrating’ Pride this year

Focus on what’s important. Dwyane Wade explained why her 14-year-old daughter Zaya’s plans for Pride might look a little different this year.

“My family, we are not celebrating. Zaya has made it very clear that she [doesn’t] want to celebrate pride. I think every day for her, having a loving and supportive community around her is her moment of celebration,” Wade, 40, exclusively said. We Weekly at the Time 100 Gala in New York on Wednesday, June 8.

The former NBA player noted that his family is planning other ways to honor the LGBTQIA+ community. “But the most important thing is that my daughter said, ‘We want to be able to help other families,'” he added. “So throughout our foundations, we try to make sure that we help the LGBTQIA+ community. This is how we celebrate.

Dwyane Wade: Why His Daughter Zaya Isn't Celebrating Pride This Year

Zaya Wade. Courtesy of Zaya Wade/Instagram

Wade shares daughter Zaya and son Zaire, 20, with his ex Funches of Siohvaughn. The athlete is also the father of a son Xavier, 8, with whom he shares Just Metoyer. In November 2018, Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Unionwelcomed their daughter, Kaavia, via surrogate.

According to the professional basketball player, he has a unique bond with each of his children. “Unfortunately right now Kaavia has a lot of me in her and she’s giving us the flow because of that. But I think when it comes to your kids, I think different backgrounds and different places in life you see the different parents,” he explained to Us. “You see the different personalities coming out of different parents and so I think they have a little bit of everyone in them and you just look for your percentage and you hope that the right percentage of you so.”

Dwyane Wade: Why His Daughter Zaya Isn't Celebrating Pride This Year

Dwyane Wade. Broadimage/Shutterstock

The Illinois native also raved about his youngest daughter’s latest milestones. “She became this makeup artist through herself. You know she wears makeup and when she plays she has her little makeup kit, a little bit of glitter that she just puts on her eyes and, you know, it’s just an everyday thing,” added Wade joked, “I didn’t know she was going to be a makeup artist but at three she’s going to hook everyone up.

While reflecting on the special times, Wade replied “I hope not” when asked about his plans for more children.

Earlier this month, the former Miami Heat player was candid about the fears that come with being the father of a transgender child. “As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I still fear every moment she leaves the house,” he said. CNN Tuesday, June 7. “And not just because of gun violence, but because of how people perceive it in this world.”

Wade added: “To me, it’s a joke. It’s our life. We live this. When you’re out there making rules, if you’re not going through that. Come live a day with my daughter. Come and see what it’s like to walk in this world like her.

With reporting by Diana Cooper

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