Gabrielle Union Pics: Meet Dwyane Wade's Homewrecker Girlfriend
We all knew Dwyane Wade had some big decisions about his basketball future to make this offseason.
Now comes word that D-Wade is completing shaking up his life. A contentious divorce has been brewing with the Miami Heat star. Enter Gabrielle Union, actress and renowned lover of athletes.
Siohvaughn Wade, D-Wade's estranged wife, filed a lawsuit in Chicago this week, naming Union as a defendant and accusing her of engaging in "sexual foreplay" in front of Wade's kids that has caused emotional damage.
Wade refutes his soon-to-be-ex's claims and defends Union. He says this is a retaliation tactic because Wade filed for sole custody of his two sons.
But he doesn't deny a relationship with Union. And quite frankly, who would? She's ridonkulously hot.
Don't know much about Gabrielle? We've got the full dossier.
Hottie With a Brain
Union is a 35-year-old actress and former model who burst on to the Hollywood scene opposite Kirsten Dunst in the cheerleader dramedy "Bring It On".
She's a Nebraska girl that kind of fell into the industry. She went to UCLA and graduated with a degree in sociology.
She interned at a talent agency and was invited there to do some modeling.
That led to minor roles in a string of teen movies like "10 Things I Hate About You". Even in her mid-20s, Union's youthful face allowed to still play teens.
Yeah, the face. That's what it was.
The It Girl in the Making
Hollywood experts deemed Union the next big thing when she starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in "Bad Boys II".
That was 2003, which could probably be considered the peak of her film career. She also landed her first leading lady role in "Deliver Us From Eva."
Union went on to star opposite Jamie Foxx in the 2004 film "Breakin' All the Rules".
Bad move. Gabby was either pigeonholed as the token hottie or her agent was really, really bad at reading scripts.
Case in point: The horrific Cedric the Entertainer interpretation of "The Honeymooners" in 2005.
No you didn't, girlfriend.
Union has stayed busy through the years on screen.
She appeared in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls" in 2007, the 2007 Christmas film "The Perfect Holiday" and the Eddie Murray 2008 flop "Meet Dave".
Despite the fizzling fortunes at the box office, Union has been a fixture on just about every top-100-hottest-women list in the world with photo shoots like this.
Direct to TV
Most recently, Union has bounced around a myriad of failed TV shows.
That began with "Night Stalker" in 2006, followed by a three-episode arc on "Ugly Betty" before in jumped the shark.
Union played a detective in the underrated but ratings anemic "Life" in 2009.
She's currently starring in the underperforming ABC series "FlashForward".
Pilot season awaits. A pickup for "FlashForward" seems unlikely.
Union's history with men started violently.
She has admitted in interviews that she was beaten and raped while working at a shoe store in 1992. Her attacker is serving 33 years in prison.
A History of Jock Itch
Union first dabbled in the sports scene in high school and she aimed high. Gabby dated can't-miss prospect Jason Kidd. It was the first of a string of dalliances with dribblers.
She was married to former NFL star Chris Howard from 2001 to 2006.
Union reportedly dated Saints safety Darren Sharper in 2009 before moving on to D-Wade.
The Courtship Begins
Wade and Union first started being seen in public together in November 2009. They were photographed walking on a Miami beach in December.
Reports then began to surface that D-Wade was living in Miami while his wife was living in Miami.
Soon the tabloids were reporting that D-Wade was soon to be Gabby's baby daddy. That rumor was squashed in March.
But the couple became increasingly public, including this late March interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
The lawsuit filed by Mrs. Wade alleges Union "engaged in sexual foreplay" in front of the boys, which "severely inflicted the Plaintiffs emotionally and mentally."
It also claims that the boys received "medium size gifts" from Dwyane Wade for Christmas last year, while Union got "the biggest gift of all."
Man, my dad got bigger gifts for my mom than us. I didn't go suing him for $50,000.
The accusations don't end there. The lawsuit says Union has played a homewrecker on screen and took the role too literally.
"Defendant has played sexually explicit roles, including roles as a seductress," the lawsuit reads. "Defendant has apparently decided to take her role beyond the films and into the home of a married man, Dwyane Wade, in the presence of his two minor children."
Mrs. Wade's chronology is a little shady. She accuses Union of breaking up the marriage. The Wades separated in 2007. The actress did not begin dating Wade until 2009.
We got your back, Gabby.
A Rocky Future
D-Wade is defending his girl Gabby to the hilt.
There's plenty of Heat fans who are wondering if the Union union doomed their playoff chances. He certainly has had a few distractions.
Wade admitted he's got a lot on his mind, including whether to resign with Miami or pursue a $125 million deal on the free-agent market. Then there's this.
"It's going to be a very busy summer, challenging summer and important summer for my life off the court and on the court," Wade said last week. "I have big decisions ahead of me. It's not easy."
Millions of dollars. Sports fame. All-time hot girlfriend.
We're crying a river for you, D-Wade.