Dwyane Wade Denies Ex-Wife’s Claim He’s Pressuring Daughter Zaya To Legally Change Gender For Financial Gain

Dwyane Wade, Siohvaughn Funches, Zaya Wade

Dwyane Wade Denies Ex-Wife’s Claim He’s Pressuring Daughter Zaya To Legally Change Gender For Financial Gain


It looks like Dwyane Wade is setting the record straight.

Dwyane Wade is shutting down his ex-wife’s claim that he is pressuring their 15-year-old trans daughter Zaya to legally change her gender and name.

According to RadarOnline.com, Dwyane Wade has filed a declaration as part of his petition on behalf of Zaya.

As we reported back in August, Dwyane Wade, 40, submitted court documents to have his transgender daughter Zaya Wade’s name and gender legally changed. The former basketball star has been majorly supportive of the 15-year-old since announcing her transition journey back in 2020.

Zaya Wade. Gabrielle Union, Kaavia Wade, Dwayne Wade,

According to reports, weeks after Wade filed his petition, his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches objected to the gender and name change and requested that the court impose an order that would prevent their 15-year-old daughter from legally changing her gender from male to female on her birth certificate until she is 18-years-old.

Funches also accused the athlete of violating their custody agreement by not communicating with her about the matter. She suggested Dwyane Wade

“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.”

Apparently, Funches and Wade had a meeting in April 2022 where she claimed the NBA star told her that

“a lot of money had been already made and that additional money will be made in relation to our child’s name and gender issue.”

Now, in a new filing, Wade addressed Funches’ accusations and has asked the court to approve his petition.

He wrote,

“Zaya has identified as Zaya since she was twelve years old, and she now wants to legally and officially change her name and gender to conform with how she identifies. I believe it is in Zaya’s best interest for her official documents to reflect who she is and how she sees herself, both in terms of her name and gender.”

Wade continued,

“I object to the allegation that anyone is “pressuring or incentivizing” Zaya to proceed with this petition. I further object to any allegations that suggests this Petition was motivated by financial gain or the pursuit of fame.”

No ruling has been made as of yet.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole