She's new to motherhood, but Gabrielle Union has already learnt one of the harsh realities of her new role - everyone feels entitled to judge you.
After the 46-year-old and her husband, National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade, surprised fans on social media with the arrival of their daughter Kaavia James via surrogate on November 7, they were sadly met with backlash over the photos they used celebrate their little girl. "Why's she acting like she just had a baby?'" he recalled.
Another user wrote, "Why was Gabrielle Union wearing a hospital gown LMAO".
She wrote: 'Hey guys I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing, I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work.
"For me, the most hurtful thing was once we had our baby and everybody started talking about, 'Why is she in the bed holding the baby?"
Just weeks after Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcomed their daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, via a gestational carrier, the couple is opening up about their journey to parenthood in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey. "Why is she acting like she just had a baby?'" the National Basketball Association player said. "Why does she have a gown on and why she acting like she just had the baby?' Once again people are uneducated on the process and why we made a decision to go skin to skin as soon as the baby came out". Music plays in the background as Gabrielle holds her precious little one while showering her with affection. "It's still hard to let go", referring to the pain she felt for not being about to carry her own child. If you think I waited this long and went thru all this to put my baby in harm's way... you got another thing coming'. Union later revealed that she was diagnosed with adenomyosis, which is a specific type of endometriosis that only occurs in the uterus, according to Mayo Clinic.
Apparently, the actress had never even considered having her own children until she began to build a relationship with step-sons Zaire, 15, and Zion, 10, as well as Wade's nephew Dahveon, 16.
It's her time to shine and some people have a problem with the brightness. "Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I'd rather be than with them".