Even the most powerful and successful power couples can be susceptible to the same gender conventions as anyone else. Of course, every power couple is unique. Additionally, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union provided a recent example of that in popular media. The latter stated that she and Wade normally share expenses 50/50 while also expressing some financial uncertainty. On Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast, the former basketball superstar discussed this from his personal perspective. He dismissed misconceptions about manhood, expressed confidence in her independence, and emphasized a wish to maintain equality and keep things inside each of their own comfort zones during his speech.
“I haven’t given no color to this, but it’s thinkpieces going around about me as a man,” Dwyane Wade expressed before Sharpe teased him about it a little. “Let’s talk about it. So, the whole 50/50 concept, so I understand what 50/50 means. [It] means that everything in life, you got your half and I got my half. We’ll put this s**t together and try to make 100. That is not how our relationship works, all right? Everybody think 50/50, they think ‘Hey, if he gettin’ a sandwich, you gotta put 50% on that!’
Dwyane Wade Reflects On Splitting Finances With Gabrielle Union
Dwyane Wade clarifies 50/50 comments made by his wife Gabrielle Union
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“50/50 in our household is- first of all, let’s say that I have 20 to 50 responsibilities,” Dwyane Wade continued. “My wife has 20 to 50 responsibilities. When I say that, that means she has a mother, she has her sisters, she has her dad, she has a lot of things that she’s responsible for. You know what she does? She pays one hundred percent of that. You know what I do? I pay one hundred percent of my life. My wife is a working actress, spends time away from the family, we decided together. I think one time, we was in Miami, I said something about it being my house that I pay for. She said, ‘You will never say something like that to me again when it’s something that we share.’ So my wife was like ‘When we move to L.A., I got half on it.’
Further on in the interview, the 41-year-old spoke on splitting finances with everything related to taking care of their daughter. In addition, he also elaborated on Union also taking time to make lavish trips or special occasions all the more meaningful with her contributions. Overall, Sharpe was right in stating that such a formula works for them, and that’s the only thing that matters even if it was 85/15.