"I was never someone who thought about having kids," says Union.
ESSENCE's February cover girl, Gabrielle Union, is contemplating starting a family. She tells Ocean Drive magazine she wouldn't have considered motherhood in years past, but now it's a possibility.
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"I was never someone who thought about having kids," she says. "I mean, they're great in theory, but I never imagined having one [myself]. Maybe over the next five years I could wrap my brain around becoming a mother and what that would mean in terms of sacrifice and dedication. I don't do anything impulsively, so more toward the five years out than the one-year."
Although Union may not have any kids of her own, she's busy helping raise boyfriend Dwyane Wade's children. The Miami Heat point guard has two young kids from a previous marriage, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade.
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The actress understands very clearly the expectations of motherhood, she told ESSENCE in the February issue: "When you prioritize children over yourself, your brand and career, wants, needs, hurts, desires, you always win."
As for marriage, the Miami lovebirds aren't rushing. "Both of us have been married before, and we understand that if we choose to marry again, we want it to be right," Wade told ESSENCE.