Actress Gabrielle Union is engaged to Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade! The couple, who have been together since 2009, shared the happy news on Instagram.
"Sooooo this happened... #Yessss @dwyanewade," Union wrote, along with a picture of her stunning ring. Wade also posted, "She said YES!!!"
Friends and family of the couple may have seen the engagement coming; the pair recently sent out Christmas cards from the "Wade-Union Family."
This will be the second marriage for each. "We both kind of rushed into marriage [the first time around] and neither one of us was successful at that, so we're both kind of like, let's take our time. If the goal is forever, what are we rushing for?" Union has said about their relationship.
"She makes my eyes sparkle," Wade told Oprah Winfrey last summer on Oprah's Next Chapter. "The biggest time she makes my eyes sparkle is when [my son] Zaire comes home and homework is a little hard that day, so he's stressing, and she goes to the table with him and she sits down until he gets it. And at that time, my heart is smiling a little bigger that day because I know her love is deeper than just me."
The proposal was a true family affair: Wade enlisted the help of his two sons, Zaire and Zion, and his nephew, Dahveon. The three boys held up signs reading, "Gabrielle, will you marry us?" When Union turned around, Wade was down on one knee with the 8.5 carat cushion cut diamond ring.
"We asked her to marry all of us, not just me. We're a package deal, so it was cool," said Wade. "I planned it very well."
Wade secretly worked with jeweler Jason Arasheben of Jason of Beverly Hills for months to find the perfect ring. “I kind of know my lady. I know she’s simple, but at the same time, I just wanted the rock to kind of speak for itself and not do too much with the diamonds. I think it’s a simple ring, but it’s nice. It was nicely done … it’s timeless," said Wade.
Wade's teammate and close friend LeBron James shared, “It took a lot for him to do it, but I think Gab is perfect for him. I think D-Wade is perfect for Gab. For them to be at one now and for their whole family to come together, man, I think it’s amazing. It’s another step for him. I thought it was pretty cool. I’m all for it. I’m happy for them.”
Congratulations to the happy couple!