Dwyane Wade responds to ex-wife’s objection to changing their transgender child’s name

Dwyane Wade responds to ex-wife’s objection to changing their transgender child’s name


Dwyane Wade is fighting back after his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade accused him of trying to exploit their transgender daughter Zaya by filing for a legal name and gender change for the teenager.

Sports star switched to his verified Instagram account after Funches-Wade filed an objection in a Los Angeles court in an attempt to block his petition filed in August to change the 15-year-old’s birth name to Zaya and her gender to female.

“Since this must be a new way of parenting, I guess I have to address these allegations here, which is a damn shame,” he wrote in a lengthy note posted on his Instagram.

In her legal filing, Funches-Wade stated that her ex-husband “has informed me that a lot of money has already been made and that additional money will be made regarding the name and gender of our child.”

“[Wade] he told me that he intends to make our child very famous because of the name and gender issue and also informed me that there will be approvals/contracts related to it,” she stated in her petition.

She requests that Zaya wait until “of age” before he can change his gender and name.

In his post, Wade wrote that “No one in our house would ever force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less impose an identity on them.”

“This is not a game for my family and definitely not for Zaja,” he wrote. “This is her life!”

Wade and Funches-Wade, who are parents to two children, married in 2002 and divorced in 2010. He married actress Gabrielle Union in 2014.

In her social media post, Wade alleges that Funches-Wade is the absentee parent of Zaya, who was 12 in 2020 when she came out as transgender.

“Siohvaughn chose to be a pretty absentee parent to Zaya ALONE,” he wrote. “This time I will not sit back and let her mock my commitment to my family. The highway has run out of real estate.”

CNN has reached out to Funches-Wade’s attorney for comment.

A hearing related to this case is scheduled for December.

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