Struggling To Conceive, Gabrielle Union Says Her Childless Status Is Like Wearing A Scarlet Letter

- By Bossip Staff

Gabrielle Union Talks Age Difference With Husband, Struggle To Conceive

Poor thang! Gabrielle Union is feeling some type of way about not having kids yet with life partner D-Wade. The actress opens up in a Redbook feature she did with the magazine, which also chose career women Maria Menounos and Erin Andrews for their cover story.

People StyleWatch Via Redbook:

Union — who, with basketball star husband Dwyane Wade is one-half of PeopleStyle’s best-dressed couple — says that while she and her husband are a great team, she does occasionally notice their nearly 10-year age difference.

“His teammates, were conceived when I was, like, a senior in high school. I was in high school at the same time as their parents!” she says. “Sometimes he’ll be like, ‘Oh, my God, he’s so old!’ about someone who’s 35. But, Dwyane’s an old 33, and I’m a young 42, so it balances out.”

There’s also the issue of starting a family together. “So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this,” she explains. “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”

And on top of that, IVF and a potential baby present their own set of challenges. “The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit,” she says. “You can’t have a bad day. Don’t you dare cry at work. Don’t raise your voice. Especially if you’re a black woman in corporate America — now you’re ‘the angry black woman.’”

Good luck to Gabs and D-Wade in their journey to parenthood together. They would have such a cute lil brown bundle of joy…

The couple was spotted all over NYC during NYFW. Don’t they look happy?

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