The future Mrs. Wade talks wedding planning with her “groomzilla,” unplanned kids, her own parents’ divorce, The Carters and more
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.
via Vegas Magazine
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.