The actress revealed she and the Miami Heat basketball player welcomed their first child together via surrogate on Instagram on Thursday. Union made the announcement by sharing a candid picture of the duo holding the newborn at the hospital. Alongside the photo, she wrote, “We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl!”
She also captioned the sweet moment with the song lyrics for “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.
This is Gabrielle’s first child and Dwyane’s fourth. Their sweet little girl will join half-brothers Zaire, Xavier and Zion, two of which Dwyane shares with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.
The happy news comes after the pair struggled to conceive for many years. Last year, Union candidly revealed in her book that she suffered over eight miscarriages in recent years as she and Dwyane attempted to welcome a child with the help of IVF.
“For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?'” she once told People. “A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.”
Their struggles nearly led Gabrielle to give up on her mission to have a baby. However, Union started 2018 off with the hope to conceive when she revealed to Redbook her goals for this year. “The only things that have not come to pass are a cosmetics line, Machu Picchu, and a baby… I’ll put those things back on this year’s board and see what happens,” she mused.
Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating in 2009 before they eventually married four years ago in a romantic ceremony celebrated by their friends and family.
Warm wishes and congratulations have already started pouring in, with Dwyane’s team being among the first to send love to the family.
Congratulations to the family!