In April, Wade’s son Zion posted pictures of himself at Miami Pride, with his siblings and stepmother Gabrielle Union.
Wade, who was on the road with the Miami Heat, chimed in and voiced his love for Zion on social media.
“We support each other wide Pride!” Wade wrote on Instagram.
Dwayne Wade and Gabby Union supporting young Zion at Miami Pride is so beautiful, I could cry. I can’t imagine having had this type of support as a kid (or even young adult). Amazing example of living in and showing unconditional love 💕 pic.twitter.com/2cT8Ow6kik
— Câmi Thomas (@CamiCruzThomas) April 7, 2019
DWade has now responded to the backlash during an interview at Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference in the South of France.
“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade said to Variety during an interview at Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference in the South of France. “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”
“This is my job as a father,” Wade said. “I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I’m doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you.”
“I’m doing what I feel is right for my family, and that’s to support my kids.”
D-Wade responds to getting criticism for going to Miami Pride to support his son
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 18, 2019
Wade is at Cannes Lions this week to speak about his recent advertising campaign with Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser. Somehow he ended up talking about taking his son to a pride parade.
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