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Dwyane Wade Responds To Ex-Wife’s Claims That He’s Using Their Trans Daughter For Fame And Fortune

If you missed the news, Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, has accused him of using their trans daughter, Zaya, for fame and fortune.

This is happening because Wade filed to legally change their daughter’s name to Zaya. Funches didn’t support the name change, so she hit back in court and tried to block it by claiming Wade was pressuring their daughter into this trans life.

Wade is positioned to profit from the minor child’s name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney. I have concerns that [Wade] may be pressuring our child to move forward with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies.

Of course, she didn’t have much evidence to back this up. She did claim that she had a meeting with Wade and Zaya earlier this year, and at one point during the meeting, Wade bragged about how many offers they’re getting.

[Wade] told me that he intended to make our child very famous due to the name and gender issue and also informed me that there would be endorsements/contracts associated therewith.

But that’s not really proof. She has no way to prove that conversation actually happened, and I’m willing to bet it didn’t go exactly the way she’s describing.

After all, Wade is worth nearly $200 million on his own. He doesn’t need to use his daughter for money. Now maybe during this meeting, Funches seemed uneasy about the transition, so they tried to ease her worries by showing her how accepting people are being, but I doubt it was, “Look, she’s doing this… we need the money!”

In any event, Wade has responded, and he’s not happy.

Since this must be the new way of parenting, I guess I have to address these allegations here, which is a damn shame. While I’m on a life-changing trip in our motherland, Africa, I’ve received a social media post about me forcing our 15 year old child to be someone she’s not and to do something against her will. These are serious and harmful allegations that have hurt our children. While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to fight Zaya’s identity and her unwavering attempt to drag my name through the mud, I’m very disappointed that she continuously find ways of centering herself and HER needs, without regard to her children. This report came out while Zaya was in class. This is a kid who has maintained a 4.0 GPA in honors classes while navigating all this unsolicited and harmful attention and debates about her gender and sexuality from those who are committed to not listening to her, much less even knowing her.

He goes on to say that his ex-wife has tried similar tactics before, which led to a lengthy battle in court and ended with him getting sole custody of their kids. And that does say something. For a father to land sole custody? You know something must be off with the mother.

Wade also claims Funches refuses to accept Zaya’s transition and won’t meet with her doctors, therapists, or even her new friends.

I’ve given her the opportunity to reach out to Zaya’s teachers, doctors and therapist over the years and even meet her friends, so she could get her own understanding of our child’s needs for her LIFE. She won’t do it! She has not been to a school, recital, graduation, school dance, play date, practice, parent teacher conference etc and Zaya has given her every opportunity to try to get to know her. She won’t do it.

You can read the full statement below:



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