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Gabrielle Union Explains Why She Doesn't Like Using the Term 'Step-Parent'

Gabrielle Union Explains Why She Doesn't Like Using the Term 'Step-Parent'

Gabrielle Union is opening up about being a mom.

In a new interview, the 49-year-old actress talked about raising her four kids with husband Dwyane Wade.

Gabrielle and Dwyane, 39, are parents to 2-year-old daughter Kaavia, while Dwyane has three kids – Zaire, 19, Zaya, 14, and Xavier, 7 – from previous relationship.

Even though she is technically the stepmom to Dwyane‘s three older kids, she is explaining why she refuses to use the term “stepparent.”

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“The stepparent label was put on me by the kids’ school because you have to describe yourself: Who are you if you’re not their mother? It’s very annoying. It’s not a word that I use,” Gabrielle explained while appearing on the We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle podcast.

“When I first started dating Dwayne, obviously I knew he had children. To this day, I’m kinda like, this is wild. You’re a single NBA player who got full custody of small children,” Gabrielle explained. “It’s not common. So all of a sudden, it was Monday and we were just this carefree couple. I’d gotten divorced a few years prior and I was enjoying my life. We were fully enjoying all the things. And then on Tuesday, the kids arrived on a dime.”

She continued, “The ruling came down and here are these kids. They need guidance and they need parenting. And we weren’t married at that point so I was just the additional adult in their life.”

Gabrielle and Dwyane first started dating in 2008 and married in 2014.

“I wanted to make sure I was consistent in their lives,” Gabrielle said. “Whatever personality I was trying on that day, or whoever I was, I just needed to be consistent so they can get used to me. They’ve already gone through so much upheaval, moving states away, not knowing anyone, having gone through a divorce. I knew I needed to be consistent. I just didn’t know what my role was.”

“I knew that when I married him, I was married to them,” Gabrielle explained. “What I realized very quickly is you will never, ever, I don’t care if the other parent is dead, you will never be able to replace the other parent/ Don’t try to replace the other parent. That is not your job. Your job is to be consistent. If you’re a disciplinarian in your own life, continue to be that. Just be consistent so they know who you are… and kids adapt.”

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