Dwyane Wade responds to ex-wife who objected to her transgender son’s name change



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Dwyane Wade is firing back after his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, accused him of trying to exploit their transgender daughter, Zaya, by requesting a legal name and gender change for the teenager.

The sports star took to her verified Instagram account after Funches-Wade filed an objection in a Los Angeles court in an attempt to block her petition filed in August to change her birth name from the 15-year-old Zaya and her gender to female.

“Since this is supposed to be the new way of parenting, I guess I have to address these allegations here, which is a shame,” she wrote in a lengthy note posted on her Instagram.

In her legal filing, Funches-Wade alleged that her ex-husband “had informed me that a lot of money had already been made and additional money will be made in relation to the name and gender of our child.”

“[Wade] he told me that he intended to make our child very famous because of the name and gender issue and also informed me that there would be endorsements/contracts attached,” she said in her petition.

She requests that Zaya wait until “of age” before she can get a gender and name change.

In his post, Wade wrote that “No one in our home would ever force Zaya or any of our children to do anything against their will, let alone force them into an identity.”

“This is not a game for my family and definitely not for Zaya,” he wrote. “This is his life!”

Wade and Funches-Wade, who are parents to two children, married in 2002 and divorced in 2010. In 2014, he married actress Gabrielle Union.

In his social media post, Wade alleges that Funches-Wade is an absentee father to Zaya, who was 12 years old in 2020 when she came out as transgender.

“Siohvaughn has decided to pretty much be an absentee father to Zaya ALL ON HIS OWN,” she wrote. “This time I will not sit on my hands and allow him to make a mockery of my dedication to my family. The road has run out of real estate.”

CNN has reached out to Funches-Wade’s attorney for comment.

A hearing on the case has been set for December.

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