Dwyane Wade wants to help his sons find their own identity. The Miami ‘Heat’ star recently sat down with Esquire to talk about fatherhood where he told the media outlet that he wants Zion and Zaire to seize the many opportunities given to them and be true to themselves.


“I’m always telling my kids to be themselves and let their personalities show in other ways than with their mouths,” says Wade. “I want them to be comfortable in who they are…They have an opportunity to go many places and do many great things. So they’re going to find themselves and find what works for them, and I want to let them know they can explore it.”

Wade takes pride in what he wears because he believes that his outward appearance says a lot about his personality. “With the way I dress, I think my personality shows, so I don’t always have to talk. Someone can see what I’m wearing, see what socks I’m wearing, and see what my vibe is, what kind of person I am.”

In the same manner, the star athlete’s sons and nephew dress in a way that shows off their personality. “My nephew lives with us, and he’s probably the one who’s a bit more chancy than my sons because he loves color,” explains Dwyane. “He does it all. I do color, but I’ll do pink pants. He does pink pants, pink shirt, pink socks, pink shoes. [Both laugh.] He’s crazy with the color. But I like to see what they go with. When I say, ‘OK, you pick out your outfit tonight for where we’re going,’ it’s just fun to see what they come out of the closet in, what they go to. Like my little son, Zion, if he can pick pink pants, he’ll pick ’em to wear every day. It’s his favorite.”

Wade has contributed much to the fatherhood circle since becoming a dad over ten years ago. Zion and Zaire are Dwyane and ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches’ little ones.

Photo: Justina Mintz/ Esquire



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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