Gabrielle Union is opening up about her family’s finances.
The 50-year-old revealed in a recent Bloomberg interview that her household splits everything “50/50.” Union is married to former NBA player Dwyane Wade, 41, with whom she shares 4-year-old daughter Kaavia.
Union is also a stepmother to Wade’s three children from previous relationships. The former professional basketball player shares two kids − Zaire, 21, and Zaya, 15 − with ex-wife Siovaughn Funches, as well as son Xavier, 9, with Aja Metoyer.
“It’s weird to say I’m head of household, because in this household, we split everything 50/50,” Union said in a Bloomberg Originals video published May 8. “But in the other households that each of us have to support, there’s always this gorilla on your back that is like, ‘You better work! You better work! You want to sleep in? Somebody might not eat.’ And it’s hard. It’s hard to let that go, so I’m working on that.”
Union added that having a family to support motivates her to keep working hard.
“I have more responsibilities for my money,” she said. “I get nervous. Like, ‘Oh god, that movie didn’t open. Well, what does that mean? Am I going to have enough to hold everybody up?’ … I’m trying to find peace in the journey, not using my anxiety and scarcity mindset to be my engine, which is hard.”
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Union and Wade welcomed their daughter Kaavia via surrogacy in November 2018. The actress had struggled with infertility for years, sharing in her memoir she’s had at least eight miscarriages and eight failed in vitro fertilization cycles.
“For lots of people/families who have been on their own unique fertility/family creation journey, hope can feel like a cruel joke that plays on repeat,” the star shared. “You stop letting yourself get excited and you don’t dare utter any updates. You carry it all. It can feel isolating and depressing.”
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Contributing: Rasha Ali