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It's been a big year for NBA star Dwyane Wade: he proposed to longtime girlfriend Gabrielle Union and became a father for the third time! Unfortunately for Union, she's not the mother of Wade's new son. The Miami Heat guard has confirmed reports that he fathered a child with another woman.
"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. So I'm moving on," Wade said during a press conference on Monday.
That's right: he and Gabrielle were "on a break." The actress and athlete have been in a serious relationship since 2009, and finally became engaged this month. But Wayne alluded to a temporary break-up during a visit to The Tonight Show in September. Watch below:
"Celebrity relationships [are] very hard," Wade, 31, told Jay Leno. "This was a big year for us and our relationship from the standpoint of she was shooting her show Being Mary Jane. I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship. So we kinda took a step back... But at the end of the day we came back together and said, 'Listen, we want to continue this, we want to continue to try to get better each day,' and she's been with me, and I've been with her all summer long. We're going strong now."
The identity of the other woman is not known, but it wasn't a one-night stand. According to ET, Wade has known the mother of his new baby "for many years." And thankfully, he told Union about the baby before he popped the question. She still said "yes" -- so there you go.
"I've always tried to show my importance in my kids' lives and it doesn't change now. So, I, my lady and my family have continued to move forward, and I think that's evident with the ring and the proposal that I gave her, with our lives," Wade said at the press conference.
Dwyane and Gabrielle already have a pretty big family: he has two sons from his first marriage, Zion and Zaire, and he's raising his nephew Dahveon. Judging from this behind-the-scenes video of their Christmas photo shoot, there's a lot of love there. Here's hoping the unexpected addition brings more happiness than drama!