Gabrielle Union Talks Wedding Planning And Becoming A Stepmom
Hollyweird banger Gabrielle Union is in wedding planning mode and she recently headed over to Vegas Magazine for a fashionista photo shoot and a detailed chat about her life before fame, life with Dwyane Wade and a whole lot more.
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On her relationship with her mother:
For years I didn’t get her. But it was my mom who got up the courage to walk away after 30 years of an unhappy marriage. She handled her divorce with dignity, and she never asked my father for a dime.
As her daughter, I asked, ‘Why? You’re gonna start over?’ And she said, ‘I went from my father’s house to your father’s house. I want to get my own house.’ I learned a valuable lesson: Take the high road and move on.
On her struggle with fitting in as a teenager:
My dad told me, ‘You gotta be bigger and badder and better than the next woman, just to be considered even.’
I felt like I had to become a chameleon,” she says, acting one way with her white friends and another for people in her community.
Even as a popular girl, I was always looking through the window and very afraid of being exposed. I just wanted to assimilate and fit in.
On being a real-life “mean girl” early on in her career:
In 2013, in a courageous speech before a crowd of prominent African American women at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars luncheon, she talked honestly about her mean-girl treatment of other women.
“We live in a town that rewards pretending. I used to revel in gossip and rumors. I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses, or anyone whose shine I felt diminished my own. I took joy in people’s pain, and I tap-danced on their misery.”
After decrying Hollywood’s lack of roles for African American women and stressing the need to strengthen, not weaken, each other, Union left the stage to a thunderous standing ovation.
Gabby also opened up about her hubby-to-be being a “groomzilla,” his proposal, her unplanned role as a stepmom, never wanting her own children before, why Jay Z and Beyonce are the middle ground in their household and more.
Hit the flip to see what else she had to say and check out a few more pics from the photo shoot.
On wedding details & Dwyane Wade being a “groomzilla”:
Well, it will be smaller than the one in the movie, but it’s definitely not toned down, per the wishes of my groomzilla. D’s very involved in every detail. My dude is having a princess moment.
Me? I did the wine tasting, and I’ve said yes to the dress. In fact, I’ve said yes to a few of them. That’s the joy of getting married to a man who loves clothes and wardrobe changes: You can have more than one dress.”
On DWade’s proposal:
We were at the construction site in Miami where we’re building our dream home—aka the money pit. I was wearing my Prada combat boots, no makeup, and D had a videographer recording the whole thing.
On the biggest challenge with marrying a younger man:
Music. It’s tragic. I was in my Jersey Boys fixation, listening to Frankie Valli. And he says, ‘Who’s this?’ I love Shania Twain. ‘Who’s that?’
We’re planning the music for the wedding and who we want to perform. I’m like, ‘Patti LaBelle.’ He’s like, ‘Ariana Grande.’ Our compromise is Beyoncé. Just a lot of Beyoncé and Jay Z. They’re the middle ground in our household.
On her blended family:
I went from no kids to D getting full custody, and the next day we had a full house. So it was instant. Our lives never skipped a beat.
When you’re someone who goes from never having thought about birthing her own babies to a ready-made family that has immediate needs and wants and desires, your life takes a back burner.
On if she wants kids now:
If I were lucky enough to have one come out of my body, then great, I’d be totally open to that. But D’s kids are more than just part of the wedding. They are part of my life. They’re a package deal.
On her life being a process:
Still, I make mistakes. And my life is in process.
But I know certain things. I feel a responsibility to the people I work with. So I don’t do late. I don’t do bad attitude. I don’t do ‘Those eggs aren’t right.’ You don’t fall out. Come prepared. You be a decent human being. And it’s like Will Smith told me: ‘Family first.’ Nothing comes before family.”
Check out a few more pics from her Vegas Magazine shoot below.
Photo Credit: Vegas Magazine