Gabrielle Union just isn’t the stay-at-home mom type, something her stepchildren with husband Dwyane Wade now understand.
“They had gotten into this stage as pre-teens where they just wanted us to be like other families,” the actress told Gwyneth Paltrow on her Goop Podcast Wednesday, adding that kids Zaya, 13, Zaire, 19 and nephew Dahveon Morris, 19 all knew they could afford to lean on Wade’s NBA salary.
“They had looked up how much their dad made and they thought that I should not work,” the 48-year-old “Bring It On” star continued. “I should just be at home like the other moms of their friends because ‘dad is rich and you should just stay home and we should be a normal family like everyone else.’”
The kids continued to question why she would continue to work even after marrying Wade in 2014.
“They just wanted to be normal, whatever that is. By the time we got married, it was just I think relief for them, which isn’t always an emotion you associate with kids in this situation. And they were like, ‘We’re a normal family! Wait. You’re leaving. And dad’s still rich. What’s happening here?’”
Union eventually explained that her decision to work is a personal one for herself, and not purely a question of financial necessity.
“’Sometimes, women want to work and have a career and just do other things and this is what makes me who I am,’” she said. “‘It doesn’t mean I love you any less or I don’t want the job or I don’t love being your stepmother. I will do my best to be here for all of the things that you want me to be here [for] while at the same time, making sure that space for mom or dad is there. It is the golden seat of honor, always.’ And we just move that way.”
Wade, 39, also has a 7-year-old son, Xavier, and shares 2-year-old daughter Kaavia with Union.