Why Gabrielle Union Is Making Dwyane Wade Sign a Prenup

The actress gives new details about their super-exclusive wedding.

ByABC News
February 12, 2014, 11:12 AM
Gabrielle Union discusses her prenup with Arsenio Hall, Feb. 10, 2104.
Gabrielle Union discusses her prenup with Arsenio Hall, Feb. 10, 2104.

Feb. 12, 2014 -- Gabrielle Union couldn't be more excited to marry NBA star Dwyane Wade, but she's being cautious about entering into their marriage.

Union, who has been married once before, is making Wade sign a prenup.

"For this marriage, the biggest difference between this and the last marriage will be a prenup. At my insistence. At my insistence," she told Arsenio Hall. "When you have your own stuff, you don't need to worry about anyone else's stuff. So everyone should go into the relationship knowing, 'I'm here for you and you're here for me.' And the reality is I've never seen Dwyane balance a checkbook, so I gotta protect my stuff. It's the wave of the future."

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However, Union and Wade, who is a second-time groom, have already withstood their fair share of controversy. Not long after he proposed with an enormous diamond ring, it was revealed that Wade had fathered a child with another woman during a break the couple took from each other last summer.

The NBA star called the child "a blessing," and Union said that the brief split helped her see their relationship in a different light.

"I'd always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realized I wasn't willing to sacrifice my relationship for it. Moving forward, I decided my work schedule has to make sense for our family," she told Glamour magazine earlier this year. "Bottom line: If an issue's a deal breaker, it's a deal breaker. If your relationship isn't something you're willing to give up and you can compromise, do so."

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Now, it is their family (in addition to his new baby, Wade has two sons from his first marriage and is raising his nephew) that's taking center stage in their impending wedding.

"No bridesmaids, no groomsmen," Union told Hall. "It's just us and the kids. And we're just riding out, just us."

She also revealed that the guest list will only include the couple's nearest and dearest, calling Wade "the executioner."

"There's a lot of people that think they're coming, and they are not," she said. "If you're not about us and we don't both have a relationship with you, you're not gonna make it."