Gabrielle Union is grateful for her daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, who is commonly referred to as Shady Baby. The celebrity mom tells PEOPLE exclusively that her life has changed in the best way since becoming a parent.
“I got married, I have a daughter, I’ve had jobs, I’ve lost jobs, I’ve got some more jobs,” Gabrielle says of the time that has passed since her 2009 PEOPLE magazine shoot in which she graced the cover sans makeup. “It’s just when I thought my career was supposed to be starting to taper off, I’ve never had more of a career resurgence.”
“At a time when most people were saying, ‘Pack it in. You’re not the ingenue anymore. There’s not going to be a lot of great opportunities for actresses your age.’ Crazy enough, it’s been the absolute opposite. So it’s been good.”
What has also been good is Gabrielle Union entering the parenting sphere. Kaavia James Union Wade was born last November to parents who were more than thrilled to welcome their bundle of joy.
“I hope that my daughter is experiencing a lot of joy and adventure and we’re able to sort of enjoy our kids and we’ve figured out how to have a little bit more balance with having full careers and raising kids,” Gabrielle says of her plans with her husband, Dwyane Wade, going forward. “I hope my life just has a little bit more fullness and richness and more layers and I’m actually taking the time to enjoy it and it’s not just whizzing by,” she concluded.
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