Actress Gabrielle Union, who has spoken about her infertility issues and attempts at in vitro fertilization, reveals in her upcoming collection of essays that she has suffered numerous miscarriages.
“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” Union, 44, writes in “We’re Going to Need More Wine,” excerpted Wednesday in People magazine. “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.”
Union, who married NBA star Dwyane Wade, now of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in 2014, additionally told People that she had “never wanted kids. Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.” Wade, 35, has custody of his two sons with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches — Zion, 10, and Zaire, 15 — and also is raising a nephew, Dahveon Morris, 16. He additionally has a son, Xavier, 3, being raised by a former paramour, Aja Metoyer.
“Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated,” added Union, who stars in the BET drama series “Being Mary Jane.” “It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.”
She added that, “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.”