NBA star Dwayne Wade is the proud parent of 3 boys and a baby girl, who he shares with wife, actress Gabrielle Union. They are also guardians of Wade’s 18-year-old nephew.

Currently, his children range in ages from 10 months to 17 years. However, as Union revealed while interviewing former Today Show correspondent Tamron Hall for O, The Oprah Magazine, her husband doesn’t allow his children to believe in Santa Claus.

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Union said it’s mostly because he didn’t believe in jolly old St. Nicholas when he was a kid:

“I’ll say to my husband, ‘Let’s tell the kids their Christmas gifts are from Santa.’ And my husband is like, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m letting these kids think that [an] old white man is sneaking into our house and doing anything for them. Because he didn’t grow up believing in Santa Claus.”

According to the actress, she and Wade are constantly having conversations about raising their family and “where to draw the line between fantasy and ‘Hey, that’s not how life works.'”

And new mom, Tamron Hall, agrees with Union and Wade. She says that it’s also an important conversation to have publicly because “some families might not even realize this is a thing”:

“A hundred percent. Modern parenting is especially difficult for parents of color—we have to talk about not only ‘Are we gonna say Santa exists,’ but also ‘Is Santa Black?’ Again, this is exactly the conversation that we want to have on the show, because some families might not even realize this is a thing. So we want all perspectives. Something as simple as Santa Claus could cause a big debate, so why not have a conversation with real parents of all backgrounds talking about how they approach Santa Claus, and what race he is? It might sound small, but these are the everyday things we’re thinking about.”

Last year, actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard admitted that they also told their children Santa Claus isn’t real because they try not to “lie” to their two little girls.

Shepard said he eventually explained that St. Nick was is “just a fun thing we pretend while it’s Christmas,” after their daughter Delta started saying the old wives tale just “doesn’t make sense.”

However, while it’s unclear if Union and Wade allow their children to still indulge in the classic Christmas movies, Shepard told Us Magazine that his girls still “love watching movies about Santa, they love talking about Santa. They don’t think he exists, but they’re super happy and everything’s fine.”

Where do you stand in this debate? Should children think Santa is real or should they know he’s just a pretend character right off the bat?

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19 Replies to “Actress Gabrielle Union Says Husband NBA Star Dwayne Wade Won’t Let His Children Believe in Santa Claus”

  • Brenda Brown 2 months ago

    Yell thr truth. Wr teavj our children not to tell lie, yet as adults we lie to the children
    Not right et al

  • pam 2 months ago

    I agree with dwayne an gabby all kids should know that st nick is jus a folk tale an keep watching xmas movies an enjoy that holiday if that wat folks choose x mas is once a year, some folk today have xmas in july … so with that being the new xmas also enjoy 2 xmas a year…..

  • Anonymous 2 months ago

    I never believed in Santa Clause and taught my kids to believe in Jesus Christ and what Christmas stands for

  • Herbert Lacy 2 months ago

    I’m glad someone other than me tell their kids the truth about a man that doesn’t really not real. It’s all about making more money for that holiday.

  • Darla Farris 2 months ago

    Jesus is the reason for the season

  • Dono 2 months ago

    Smh. Some people can create a racial “conversation” out of any topic and yet call others racist, etc….
    Sponge Bob isnt real either. They are children!!!!!!!
    Hey? Christmas is about giving not Santa Clause. Here is some advice. Just give. Leave Santa out of it…..Geez it’s always something.

  • Sophia Vaughn 2 months ago

    My oldest is 37 and my oldest grandchild is 19 , my children or grands always knew there was no Santa, but we always told them to not say anything to other kids because that’s something their parents to decide on. Kids need to know the truth, don’t know how many kids I have seen cry because Santa didn’t get what they ask for,or in some cases didn’t come at all. Most of the kids would say there were good and still nothing. Kids should know that we as parents work hard to provide for them,and sometimes we can’t get everything they ask for, so they won’t be so devastated on Christmas. They also know, there is no Easter Bunny .

  • Beverly Rougeaux 2 months ago

    Wade is 110% correct. Children need to know whom deserve the credit for their pleasures and the real reason for the season.

  • Denise Robinson 2 months ago

    I concur, you have worked hard and made sacrifices, and turn around and give an old white man all the praise. I don’t thimk so.

  • Donald 2 months ago

    We teach our children to not lie
    So why lie to the children

  • Donald 2 months ago

    We teach our children to not lie
    So why lie to the children

  • Just Saying 2 months ago

    Kids appreciate things more when they Know their Parents love them enough to buy them the things they want. Not a stranger, we can’t teach them Not to talk to Stranger or take things from strangers Unless it’s Christmas or Halloween, and in the case of Halloween, they can visit the strangers house and beg for candy

  • Just Saying 2 months ago

    For those who Think Christ has Anything to do with Christmas, his family didn’t celebrate it, or his birthday. His birth wasn’t the end of it all, he lives for 33.5 yrs with no mention of Christmas, birthdays or Any other Holiday. He did however attached a wedding and enjoyed dinners with ppl. He even told ppl he was NOT God, but his Son, and not equal to him. Philippians 2:6,John 10:36

  • Laura 2 months ago

    I wish I never told my kids about Santa. They were heartbroken when they found out he wasn’t real.
    I regret it to this day.

  • Tosha 2 months ago
  • Linda taft 1 month ago

    I always told my kids there was no santa I always knew it was,my mom and dad was,the ones putting the gifts under the tree I am.glad I am.not the only one I even tell my grandkids there is no santa

  • Timothy McMillion 1 month ago

    It’s a lie and my girls were taught the history and origin of this lie.

  • Lucretia Henderson 1 month ago

    I agree with what they are saying don’t teach your kids how to lie then tell them they are wrong to do it . Honesty goes a long way

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