Actress Gabrielle Union has revealed that she suffered ‘eight or nine miscarriages’ in a heartbreakingly open account of her infertility struggles.
Gabrielle, who starred in films such as She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You, is married to NBA star Dwyane Wade. In her new book, a memoir entitled We’re Going to Need More Wine, the star reveals her devastating struggle to conceive and the numerous failed IVF treatments that have happened throughout her marriage.
Writing in her book she says: ‘I have had eight or nine miscarriages. For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.’
Gabrielle’s husband Dwyane already has three children from previous relationships, and Gabrielle has helped him raise the three boys who are now 15, 10, and three. She confesses that her role in bringing them up has contributed to her desire to become a mother herself.
‘I never wanted kids,’ she writes. ‘Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.’
Gabrielle and her husband Dwyane got married in 2014 surrounded by family and friends in Miami. Over the last three years of their marriage, speculation has been rife about if the couple might have a child together.
Gabrielle describes in her book about how being in the public eye has made her fertility struggles even harder.
‘Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated’ she explains. ‘It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.’
Despite the physical and mental toll that the many failed treatments have taken on Gabrielle, she insists that she and her husband are still desperate to have a child and ‘remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.’