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“We realized there’s a void in images of Black love – and let’s be really real – that has a lot of melanin,” says Union. “When it kept coming up on Twitter, we started thinking, wow, this is a little bigger than us and maybe we have more of a responsibility than just enjoying each other. Maybe it’s okay to share a little of ourselves.”
Hence, the usually private pair’s willingness to give us a peek into their blended family — which for now, will remain happily unmarried, just the way they like it.
“We’re not rushing it,” says Wade. “ Both of us have been married before, and we understand that if we choose to marry again, we want it to be right. We both took failing at marriage hard. The next time it’s gotta be forever.”
Wade was awarded sole custody of his two sons, Zaire, 9, and Zion, 3, in early 2011, and in he and Union’s household, the children always come first.
“You see a lot of people tap out when it gets tough,” says Union. “He’s a selfless father.”