Actress Gabrielle Union credits couples therapy with helping her maintain a happy marriage with husband Dwyane Wade.
The Bad Boys II beauty frequently shares photos and videos of herself posing with basketball star Wade on social media, and many fans consider their close and playful bond to be the ultimate goal for a romantic relationship.
However, Gabrielle insists the longtime lovers, who began dating in 2009 and wed in 2014, have to keep working on their romance, just like everyone else.
“People are like ‘goals’ (in response to her sweet relationship posts); me and D are like, ‘WTF (what the f**k)?’,” she remarks to Complex magazine. “We’ve kind of figured it out (how to maintain their romance) now, but I guess maybe we should tweet live from couples therapy. And when you ask us, we’re gonna tell you, there’s a process to happy.”
That process has clearly paid off for Gabrielle as she gushes, “I’m so happy. I’m so f**king happy.”
However, her road to marital bliss hasn’t been easy as the 44-year-old has had to deal with self-confidence issues over the years, especially during her first marriage to former American football player Chris Howard, who she divorced in 2006 after five years as husband and wife.
She details her growth and maturity both in her personal and professional life in her new memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, a collection of candid essays in which she reflects on lessons learned.
Gabrielle reveals she waited a long time to put pen to paper for an autobiography because she didn’t think anyone would want to read her story.
“I’d been approached many times over the years to write something. I just never felt like my life was worthy enough,” she admits. “I couldn’t see anyone picking it up. There’s that voice in my head that’s like, ‘You’re a joke, you’re a f**king loser, and in a minute people will figure that out so don’t try to do too much ’cause you’re just gonna put a bigger bullseye on your back.’ So with the book thing I just never felt worthy of the words or the effort.”
Now, the actress, who survived a rape at the age of 19, has realised sharing her story could help others change their lives for the better, too.
“So I started doing the work to help myself feel like I was worthy and I had value, and the more work I did on myself the more I was like, ‘OK, I wanna tell this story too,’” she explains.
We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True is released next month (Oct17).