Dwyane Wade Responds to Ex-Wife’s Objection to Daughter Zaya Changing Her Name: ‘This Isn’t a Game’

Dwyane Wade is responding after his ex, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, alleged in a court filing this week that he’s trying to “profit” from their transgender daughter Zaya’s “name and orientation change.” Wade, 40, acknowledged the situation in an Instagram post on Thursday morning, where he began a message, writing, “Since this should be the better approach for parenting, I surmise I have to address these allegations here, which is a damn shame.”

Noting how he is presently “on an extraordinary excursion in our motherland, Africa,” the former NBA player continued, “I’ve gotten a social media post about me forcing our 15 year old kid to be someone she’s not and to accomplish something against her will. These are serious and harmful allegations that have harmed our kids.”


“While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to battle Zaya’s personality and her unwavering attempt to drag my name through the mud, I’m extremely disappointed that she continuously find[s] ways of centering herself and HER necessities, without regard to her youngsters,” he added.

Wade also said that the report attached to his ex “came out while Zaya was in class. This is a youngster who has maintained a 4.0 GPA in honors classes while navigating all this spontaneous and harmful attention and debates about her orientation and sexuality from the people who are focused on not listening to her, considerably less in any event, knowing her.”

Continuing his statement, Wade detailed how Funches-Wade, 41, “attempted a similar attempt quite a long time back (with equally damaging falsehoods and causing irreparable harm to her youngsters) and 13 lawyers later, I was awarded sole guardianship of our two children as an active NBA player.”

“All I at any point wanted was to have my parenting time uninterrupted, as I realize that it would be a truly challenging time for our children to navigate their new normal,” he explained.

The father of four noted of Funches-Wade, “So Instead of actually trying to co-parent throughout the long term, she’s passed on her home to see more lawyers and has taken an opportunity to talk to additional lawyers since I petitioned for legal separation, than she’s passed on her home to see or have genuinely spoken and LISTENED to Zaya over all these years actually.”

Wade claimed that his ex had “the chance to reach out to Zaya’s teachers, specialists and therapist throughout the long term and even meet her companions, so she could get her own understanding of our kid’s requirements for her LIFE,” however said, “She won’t make it happen!

She has not been to a school, recital, graduation, school dance, play date, practice, parent teacher conference and so on and Zaya has offered all her chances to attempt to get to know her.”

The athlete also explained that he has not yet seen Funches-Wade “make any sacrifice or effort to participate in her kids’ lives in north of a decade.”

“Zaya is not that same 3 year kid anymore and she’s screaming that to the world yet most importantly to her Mother!” Wade said. “Nobody in our home could at any point force Zaya or any of our youngsters to do anything against their will, substantially less force a character on them.” “This isn’t a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her life,” he added.

“All the while my significant other [Gabrielle Union] and our village has been her stone in helping her get the pieces after a large number of heartbreaks.”

Wade concluded, “Siohvaughn has chosen to basically be an absent parent to Zaya ALL ON HER OWN. …

I won’t neglect to move this time and allow her to make a joke of my dedication to my family. The more responsible option has run out of real estate.

My lawyer will be in contact and best of karma to the fourteenth lawyer as they attempt to unravel this book of untruths that’s been offered to them.”

Wade previously talked about his high schooler daughter coming out as transgender on a 2020 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

At the time, Wade noticed that his youngster had chosen to go by the name of Zaya, and be alluded to by she/her pronouns.

Funches-Endlessly wade were married from 2002 to 2010, and share 20-year-old son Zaire Wade, along with Zaya. Wade is also dad to 8½-year-old son Xavier Zechariah, whom he shares with ex Aja Metoyer, and 3½-year-old daughter Kaavia James, whom he shares with spouse Union, 50.  He has also served as the legal guardian of his nephew Dahveon Morris, 21.

According to archives obtained by Individuals, Funches-Wade’s petition was recorded Tuesday in the Predominant Court of California, Area of Los Angeles as an objection to an initial petition Wade documented in August to change Zaya’s name legally.  Funches-Wade is asking the court that Zaya make the decision herself when she turns 18, or the “age of majority,” in more than two years. She also claims that “there will probably be media strain on the minor kid” to make the change.

Representatives for both Wade and Funches-Wade didn’t respond to Individuals’ solicitation for input earlier this week.