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Gabrielle Union has a positive outlook on divorce -- at least when it comes to her own 2006 divorce from ex-husband Chris Howard.
The Think Like a Man star believes her four-year marriage to (and subsequent divorce from) the NFL player helped prepare her for her new relationship with professional basketball player Dwayne Wade.
"What you learn from divorce is you have to be incredibly honest, about what you want, what you need, and what your expectations are," Union, 39, told Access Hollywood Live. "As women, we're sort of taught to go along, to get along, not cause any ruffles… but yeah, that got me divorced."
Union reveals that she and her beau, who plays for the Miami Heat, are in no hurry to make things legal. When host Billy Bush asked if she considers their relationship "serious," she replied: "It's seriously…awesome." Added the star, "We're taking our time!"
Union also explained that she and Wade, 30, "both rushed" into their first marriages. (Wade, was married to his high school sweetheart until 2007; they have two sons together). "Now we're like, let's take our time," the actress said. "If the goal is forever, what are we rushing for?"
Think Like a Man, which features Union playing a woman desperate to get her longtime boyfriend (played by Jerry Ferrara) to propose, opens Friday, April 20.