Lately, Miami heat star guard Dwyane Wade has been making headlines left and right. His whirlwind romance has created a media firestorm. However, his romantic involvement hasn't just been centered around one woman.
It's been nearly two weeks since the 3-time NBA champion proposed to his girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union. Now, there's a baby. But, it's not one he fathered with Union.
A couple days ago, rumors began to float that Wade fathered another child during his relationship with the Deliver Us From Eva star.
However, the news is no longer a rumor, as the 9-time NBA All-Star has confirmed that the child is his.
According to Hollywood Life, Wade released a statement to reporters in regards to his newborn child on Monday, Dec. 30.
“As I’ve always done my whole life … is always focus on what’s most important to me and my family, and that’s being a great father,” said Wade. "I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now.”
Wade also clarified that the child was conceived during his split from his fiancé'. He also expressed that the child was conceived during a rather difficult time in his life, but the child is, indeed, a breath of fresh air for him.
“Yeah, I had a time … in our pain and our hurt, (but) a blessing came out of it in my life, having a son that was born healthy,” Wade told reporters. “So, I’m moving on.” 'D-Wade' went on to share his sentiments of fatherhood and the importance of his involvement in his children's lives.
“You know me,” Wade said. “I’m involved in my kids’ lives. When my kids were living at home with me, or wasn’t living at home with me, I tried to do everything I could to see them.” He actually has full custody of his two older sons, Zion and Zaire, while raising his nephew Dahveon Morris.
“It would compromise it if I wasn’t a father first,” said Wade. “I’m always going to be a father first. That doesn’t change. If you decide to when you can be a father, that’s when it compromises. But, like I said, this is something, obviously, private for my family that we will continue to deal with as a family but we have a blessing to the bloodline, to the Wade bloodline. And from that standpoint, it doesn’t, to me, state anything differently from what I’ve always shown.”
TMZ reports that the Wade's newborn son, Xavier Zechariah Wade, was born Nov. 10, 2013. The child's mother, Aja Metoyer, did not list Wade as the father on the child's birth certificate, but the baby does has Wade's last name. The publication also released the public documented birth certificate in a tweet.
Dwyane Wade's Baby -- Birth Certificate Released ... Baby Mama Revealed http://t.co/oBgJlH76tK
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) December 31, 2013
Image via Twitter | Dwyane Wade