Nel febbraio 2020, Dwyane Wade ha confermato che sua figlia Zaya – che condivide con l’ex moglie Siohvaughn Funches-Wade – aveva cambiato nome e pronomi. “Una volta che Zaya è tornata a casa e ha detto: ‘Voglio che mi chiami Zaya, e sono pronto ad affrontare questo’, l’ho guardata e le ho detto: ‘Sei un leader. E questa è la nostra opportunità per permetterti di sii una voce'”, ha ricordato Wade durante un’apparizione in “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. Ha continuato sottolineando che la sua famiglia è sostenitrice della comunità LGBTQ+ e che intendeva fare tutto il possibile per mettere Zaya a suo agio.
Now, Zaya's mother is making her feelings known as she has made explosive claims about Wade and his actions regarding their child.
Zaya's mother claims Dwyane Wade is exploiting her
Dwyane Wade has made it his mission to protect his daughter, Zaya Wade, from the barrage of negative comments about her transition. In September, he revealed that the family decided to restrict commenting guidelines on Zaya's Instagram. "For Zaya's mental health and privacy we've decided not to allow the hate into her comments. Thank you for wanting to spread and send her love," the former athlete tweeted.
However, Dwyane's ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, has now suggested that Dwyane's actions have been for his own benefit. According to court filings obtained by The Blast, Funches-Wade has asked a judge to block Dwyane from legally changing Zaya's gender until she turns 18. Furthermore, Funches-Wade has claimed that the former NBA star is "positioned to profit from the minor child's name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney." The court filing goes on to claim that Dwyane had previously told his ex-wife that the family was expecting to make "a lot of money," as Zaya transitions.
Dwyane has not yet responded to Funches-Wade's court filing. Zaya has previously spoken out about her transition, telling Where Is The Buzz TV, "It feels great!" Adding, "I feel like there was always something that was like I was meant to do, but I was never able to find it ... I eventually just stopped looking for it and I think I found it."