"I Love You"

Dwyane Wade’s son, Zaire, is 19-years-old! The young athlete celebrated his birthday with family and friends on Thursday (Feb. 4).


“It’s the YnG 19th Birthday,” Dwyane Wade shared on Instagram. “Every day I wake up I am thankful that you were chosen to be the heir to the throne,” the celebrity father wrote to his son. “We will enjoy your b-day together this summer once business is finished! I love you.”

Zaire’s younger sister, Zaya Wade, and stepmom, Gabrielle Union, also took to social media to celebrate his birthday. “Happy Birthday @zaire I cannot believe you are 19?!?!?! So proud of the man you’ve become, your work ethic, your heart, and your willingness to do the work. We love you kid!!! It’s GOOOOO time!!”

Zaya wrote, “Happy Birthday big bro!” The teen also shared a throwback candid of her with her older brother and their mom. “Had to expos you a bit,” Zaya told her brother.

Zaire Wade is Dwyane Wade’s oldest child with the NBA star’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. The rising athlete follows in his father’s footsteps as a basketball player and is making quite a name for himself as such.

Zaire finished his high school career last year with a rank of 197 among prospects. The young talent attended Sierra Canyon High School, which is a popular institution for those looking to become professional basketball players.

Dwyane Wade had issues with his son’s team coach during the final months of Zaire’s time at Sierra Canyon. The celebrity father expressed his dissatisfaction with how the coach was running the team during an interview with Inside The NBA.


“I will not be there,” Dwyane said when asked if he would attend the team’s state championship game. “My son ain’t playing, and I don’t want to do nothing to the coach,” the celebrity father added. “So, I won’t be there,” Dwyane confirmed. “But I’ll be rooting for the kids.”

Some criticized Dwyane for seemingly threatening Sierra Canyon’s basketball coach. Others saw the comment as one of a passionate father wanting the best for his son.

Regardless of how the public perceived the situation, Zaire finished out his high school years on top in athletics. He continues to pursue his dream of playing for the NBA like his father.

Photo: Gabrielle Union/Instagram



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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