Dwyane Wade has found himself at the center of the media attention once again, but this time because of recent accusations from his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade. She made a serious claim that Wade is trying to make money off Zaya Wade, their transgender daughter, who is now undergoing a sex change.
Serious accusations from his ex-wife
According to Today magazine, his ex-wife Siohvaughn submitted an objection to a Los Angeles County court where she made a legal request that Zaya Wade waits until she reaches the age of majority to perform such surgical procedures. Siohvaughn doesn't want her child to change anything about her identity because she believes the kid is too young to undergo such a process.
D-Wade released a statement
Dwyane Wade didn't take long to respond through his Instagram account, where he shared the following statement.
"Since this must be the new way of parenting, I guess I have to address these allegations here, which is a damn shame," Wade said in the statement shared on his Instagram. "While I'm on a life-changing trip in our motherland, Africa, I've received a social media post about me forcing our 15 year old child to be someone she's not and to do something against her will. These are serious and harmful allegations that have hurt our children."
"While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn's attempt to fight Zaya's identity and her unwavering attempt to drag my name through the mud, I'm very disappointed that she continuously find ways of centering herself and HER needs, without regard to her children," he added. "This report came out while Zaya was in class. This is a kid who has maintained a 4.0 GPA in honors classes while navigating all this unsolicited and harmful attention and debates about her gender and sexuality from those who are committed to not listening to her, much less even knowing her."
"Siohvaughn tried a similar attempt over a decade ago (with equally damaging lies and causing irreparable harm to her children) and 13 lawyers later, I was awarded sole custody of our two kids as an active NBA player," Wade continued in his statement. "All I ever wanted was to have my parenting time uninterrupted, as I knew that it would be a very difficult time for our kids to navigate their new normal."
"So Instead of actually trying to co-parent over the years, she's left her home to see more lawyers and has taken the time to talk to more lawyers since I filed for divorce, than she's left her home to actually see or have truly spoken and LISTENED to Zaya over all these years."
Dwyane Wade was married to Funches Wade from 2002 until 2010, when they officially separated. Apart from Zaya, Zaire Wade is also their child. Zaya Wade officially came out as transgender in 2020, and Dwyane Wade has been extremely supportive of her ever since, stating numerous times all the important lessons he learned as a father and letting his kids be who they really want to be.