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“It Was Just Me, Myself and My Anxiety”: Millionaire Actress on Her Troubled Marriage With Ex-NFL Star Before Finding Love With NBA Legend Dwyane Wade

Published 09/21/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

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There was a lot of buzz in the NFL and NBA communities in 2017 actress Gabrielle Union, wife of NBA great Dwyane Wade, published her memoir ‘We’re Going To Need More Wine. Aside from sharing stories from her first marriage, she also shared stories from her second marriage. 

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Additionally, she discussed this issue with People magazine in an interview. Throughout the book, she shares what happened during her marriage to retired NFL running back Chris Howard. As she wrote, she encountered many instances that made her question her marriage.


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The Jacksonville Jaguars were Howard’s NFL team during his time in the league. Following their wedding in 2001, the couple decided to separate after a few years of marriage. Union detailed the issues she faced in the book. 

The actress described Howard’s proposal as “the first of a list of many ignored red flags”. As she explains in her book, “There was a rose petal path from the front door to the bedroom. At the end was Chris, down on one knee.”

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In addition, she mentioned: “He had a bucket of KFC on the floor, and he was eating KFC potato wedges with one hand while holding a ring in the other.” In addition, after a day, the actress discovered a message that said something was not right. There was apparently something that could end her marriage as the message “hinted at an affair.” 

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While she saw red flags, she still decided to get married to the NFL player despite all the warning signs. In addition to the wedding proposal, Union said the wedding ceremony was also a letdown. As she wrote, the bridesmaid attended the wedding hungover, as well as one of the groomsmen who arrived “fresh out of jail.”  Not only that, but she also mentioned that during the ceremony on the aisle, “it was just me, myself, and my anxiety.” 


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She also talked about the doubts she had while in the ceremony and after the wedding. She had many instances in her love life where things weren’t going well. But things changed back in 2009 when Union met Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade


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It was publicly known in 2010 that the couple was in love. Their relationship lasted several years before they decided to tie the knot in 2014 and start their lives together. As far as their love story goes, it continues to this day.

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Anshika Rai


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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.
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