Dwyane Wade Defends Daughter Zaya Against Ex-Wife’s ‘Serious And Harmful’ Claims

Dwyane Wade is refuting his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade’s “serious and harmful allegations” about his assist of their daughter Zaya, who’s transgender.

On Tuesday, Funches-Wade filed a petition asking a California courtroom to forestall her former partner from permitting Zaya, 15, to legally change her identify and gender on her beginning certificates.

In courtroom paperwork obtained by E! Information and different publications, she accused the retired NBA star of “pressuring” their youngster to “move forward with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies,” together with Disney.

Elsewhere within the petition, Funches-Wade argued that Zaya ought to “make this monumental decision” for herself when she’s “at the age of majority, which is two and one-half years away.”

Wade responded to the petition Thursday morning in an emotional and strongly-worded Instagram put up. In it, he accused Funches-Wade of creating “a mockery of my dedication to my family,” including that his ex-wife was an “absent parent” who had not made “any sacrifice or effort to participate in her children’s lives in over a decade.”

“No one in our house would ever force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less force an identity on them,” he wrote. “This isn’t a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her life!”

As of Thursday afternoon, Wade’s put up had acquired greater than 290,000 likes and was praised by lots of his well-known associates, together with WNBA participant Candace Parker and NFL veteran R.Okay. Russell.

Wade and Funches-Wade had been married from 2002 to 2010. Along with Zaya, the previous couple shares a 20-year-old son, Zaire.

Wade first confirmed Zaya’s gender id ― along with her consent ― whereas showing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2020 to advertise his ESPN documentary, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected.” On the time, he stated that he and his present spouse, Gabrielle Union, had been “proud allies” who had been decided to supply Zaya “the best opportunity to be her best self.”

Zaya (left) and Dwyane Wade.

CHRIS DELMAS by way of Getty Photographs

Since then, Wade and Union have established themselves as staunch LGBTQ rights advocates. On the Time 100 summit in June, Wade stated he feared for his daughter’s security following the passage of Florida’s Parental Rights in Training ― or “Don’t Say Gay” ― invoice and different anti-LGBTQ laws throughout the U.S.

“As blessed as my daughter is to have parents who can support her, I’m still afraid every moment she leaves our house, not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people perceive her in this world,” he stated. “We’re not going to close the book on anyone being gay, bisexual, transgender ― we can’t close the book on that.”