Dwyane Wade’s Ex-Wife Siohvaughn Funches Reiterated Her Concerns About Their Daughter Zaya: I Have Both The Mandate & Privilege Of Protecting My Children

Dwyane Wade, Siohvaughn Funches, Zaya Wade

Dwyane Wade’s Ex-Wife Siohvaughn Funches Reiterated Her Concerns About Their Daughter Zaya: I Have Both The Mandate & Privilege Of Protecting My Children


Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, stands by her beliefs that she is doing what’s best for her trans child, Zaya Wade, by objecting to her legal name and gender change until she is 18-years-old.

In a lengthy statement, Siohvaughn Funches told sources on Friday (Nov. 4) that “countless full-grown famous adults” have suffered “severe consequences” from anxiety and depression — including taking their own lives — as a result of “public pressure and scrutiny.” 

She explained,

“I have both the mandate and privilege of protecting my children from these tragic events, well as the myriad of other negative things that have a tendency to impact those living in the limelight, but time will fail me to mention them all.” 

Zaire Wade, Siohvaughn Funches, Zaya Wade

The mother of two continued,

“I’m by no means a perfect parent but I love my children with perfect unconditional love. I will also continue to do what the laws of this land allow me to do as a parent with the parental right and power under the constitution in courts of law and not the court of public opinion.”

In her filing, Siohvaughn wants 15-year-old Zaya to decide once she’s 18 if she’d like to legally change her name and gender because she fears her father, Dwyane Wade, is trying to influence her for monetary gain. In the filing, Siohvaughn said,

“I have concerns that [Dwyane] may be pressuring our child to move forward with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies.”

As previously reported, Dwyane Wade took to Instagram to speak out against his ex-wife’s, Siohvaughn Funches, claims that he’s attempting to benefit off of their 15-year-old transgender daughter’s, Zaya, “name and gender change.” Taking a break from celebrating his current wife’s, Gabrielle Union, 50th birthday, the former Miami Heat player said in part:

“I’ve given her the opportunity to reach out to Zaya’s teachers, doctors and therapist over the years and even meet her friends, so she could get her own understanding of our child’s needs for her LIFE! She won’t do it! She has not been to a school, recital, graduation, school dance, play date, practice, parent-teacher conference etc. and Zaya has given her every opportunity to try to get to know her.”

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane continued,

“No one in our house would ever force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, much less force an identity on them… This isn’t a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya. This is her life!..I will not sit on my hands this time and allow [Siohvaughn] to make a mockery of my dedication to my family. The high road has run out of real estate.”

In response, Siohvaughn Funches told sources that her ex-husband’s “derogatory” claims are “completely untrue” and “very hurtful” not only to her but also to their kids.

Speaking of Zaya and her eldest son Zaire, 20, she said,

“They, too, like many other children, have experienced the excruciating pain and unique challenges that children suffer when their parents are divorced. I will not add to that pain by now responding publicly with malicious, or hate-filled, comments to Dwyane, despite his decision to say these harmful untruths about me, and despite the fact that I never went to the media or public about these sensitive private family matters affecting our minor child.”

Funches concludes by saying she will not speak “negatively” of her former spouse for their “babies’ sake,” adding,

“If I had anything at all publicly to say to him it would only be one thing, ‘I forgive him again.’”

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Authored by: Monique Nicole