Gabrielle Union Gets Honest About Cheating in Her First Marriage

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Former America’s Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union recently opened up about her first marriage to former NFL player Chris Howard. She described it as a “a stupid relationship” and said she “felt entitled” to cheat.


Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Cheating in First Marriage

Union was recently a guest on Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert. During the interview, Union spoke about her five-year marriage to Chris Howard. The actress admitted that she wasn’t “getting wife of the year awards” for the relationship.

“In our first marriage, neither one of us felt like the marriage should get in the way of our dating,” Union shared, explaining that she was “keeping up with his activities” and “felt entitled to it” because she was “paying all the bills.”

Union went on to say, “Like my dad before me, whoever has the most gets to do whatever the hell they want, is what I thought. And it was just dysfunctional from day one.”


The actress called it “such a stupid relationship that should have never gotten out of the dating phase.” She said she was “horny for validation.” Union and Howard ended up getting divorced in 2006.

SEE ALSO: GABRIELLE UNION HAD THERAPY, WAS ‘DEVASTATED’ AFTER DWYANE WADE FATHERED SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD

Union Is Now Married to Dwyane Wade

Union married her current husband, NBA player Dwyane Wade, in 2014. In 2018, they welcomed their daughter Kaavia via surrogate. Their relationship hasn’t always been smooth sailing, as Wade conceived a son with another woman in 2013 while the couple was briefly broken up.


The actress opens up in her book You Got Anything Stronger? about feeling “devastated” over Wade fathering a child with another woman, as Union was experiencing fertility struggles at the time.

“The experience of Dwyane having a baby so easily — while I was unable to — left my soul not just broken into pieces, but shattered into fine dust scattering in the wind,” she wrote. “We gathered what we could to slowly remake me into something new. There was no way to disguise where I’d been glued back together.”

Union wrote that Wade “had worked to be forgiven,” and she “had chosen to love him and forgive him.”

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