Dwayne Wade‘s ex-wife claims that the former NBA star exploited and “pressured” the gender identity of their trans daughter Zaya for his own financial gain, according to court documents obtained by the explosion.
Siohvaughn Funches-Wade disagreed with “several factors” outlined in her ex-husband’s petition to legally change the 15-year-old’s name.
Wade’s ex-wife, Zaya’s mother, claims he personally benefits from her gender reassignment surgery
She claims Wade, 40, “is able to capitalize on the minor child’s name and gender change at various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities, including but not limited to deals with Disney.”
“I have concerns about that [Wade] could pressure our child to proceed with the name and gender change in order to benefit from the financial opportunities they have been given by corporations,” his ex-wife added.
In an April 2022 meeting with Wade in Atlanta, Funches-Wade claims Wade told her that “a lot of money had already been made” regarding Zaya’s “name and gender issue.”
(LR) Zaya Wade, Kaavia James Union Wade, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade attend the premiere of Disney’s Cheaper by the Dozen on March 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage)
“[Wade] told me that he intends to make our child very famous due to the name and gender issue and also informed me that there are endorsements/contracts attached to it,” the speaker further claims, according to the report.
Ex-wife even accuses Wade of naming trans daughter in court filings
Wade’s ex-wife went on to say that the former pro baller even used her trans daughter’s dead name in the court filing, with “Zion, who was present at the time, responding that various companies were interested and that Disney was a potential company.” .”
In her objection, Funches-Wade also alleges that due to the fact that Zaya’s transition has been so publicized, “there is likely to be media pressure on the minor child.”
She’s acting like Zaya is going to make that decision for herself, but not until two and a half years from “come of age.”
Her submission has yet to be listed on the filing, and Wade has not yet submitted a response either.
page six contacted the former couple’s representatives and attorneys for comment.
Demi Singleton, left, and Zaya Wade, right, attend the Miu Miu Womenswear S/S 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Palais d’Iena on October 4, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Miu Miu)
In Wade’s petition, originally filed in August, he argued that he had “full authority” to request a change of her legal name without her mother’s consent.
Wade claims “full authority” to change daughter’s name but says he informed ex-wife “out of courtesy”.
Separately, Wade insisted in the court filing that his ex-wife received notification of his petition “as a courtesy.”
Back in February 2020. Wade first shared Zaya’s coming-out story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, telling the host that the then 12-year-old had told him and his wife, Gabrielle Union, that she was “ready to (her) to live the truth”. while asking them to refer to them with feminine pronouns.
Meanwhile, the teen has blossomed into a gorgeous young lady on social media and includes “her/her” pronouns in her bio.
That same year, Wade told Good Morning America host Robin Roberts that Zaya knew her true gender identity “since she was three years old.”
Wade and the ex-wife in question also share a 20-year-old son, Zaire. He also has two younger children, son Xavier, 8, with Aja Meter and daughter Kaavia, 3, with Gabrielle Union.