Dwyane Wade's ex-wife files petition objecting to legally changing name and gender of daughter Zaya

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By Carina Murphy

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Dwayne Wade's ex-wife is reportedly objecting to their daughter legally changing their name and gender.

In a petition filed on Tuesday (November 1), Siovaughn Funches-Wade claimed that the former NBA star is "positioned to profit" from the change and that he "may be pressuring" their child into it, as reported by PEOPLE.

Wade first opened up about his 15-year-old daughter coming out as transgender in 2020. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 40-year-old father explained that his child had changed their name to Zaya and decided to go by she/her pronouns.

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However, his ex-wife apparently believes that Wade does not have Zaya's best interests at heart. According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, Funches-Wade thinks that he is trying to use their child's transition to win marketing deals and brand contracts.

The documents were filed in the Superior Court of California as an objection to Wade's initial plea to legally change Zaya's name.

They claimed the former athlete was: "Positioned to profit from the minor child's name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney."

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Dwayne and Zaya Wade. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Funches-Wade went on to allege: "I have concerns that [Dwyane] may be pressuring our child to move forward with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies."

"[Wade] told me that he intended to make our child very famous due to the name and gender issue and also informed me that there would be endorsements/contracts associated therewith," she continued.

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Dwayne Wade and Siohvaugh Funches-Wade. Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alam

The mom is asking the court that Zaya delay legally changing her name and gender until she turns 18 in two and a half years' time.

She added that "there will likely be media pressure on the minor child" to make the change - and that she should therefore wait until she is "the age of majority".

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Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union. Credit: AFF / Alamy

This is not the first time Funches-Wade has clashed with her ex-husband in court. In 2010, she filed a lawsuit claiming that he had caused her and their children emotional distress through his relationship with Gabrielle Union. The charges were quickly dismissed.

Featured Image Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Dwyane Wade's ex-wife files petition objecting to legally changing name and gender of daughter Zaya

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By Carina Murphy

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Dwayne Wade's ex-wife is reportedly objecting to their daughter legally changing their name and gender.

In a petition filed on Tuesday (November 1), Siovaughn Funches-Wade claimed that the former NBA star is "positioned to profit" from the change and that he "may be pressuring" their child into it, as reported by PEOPLE.

Wade first opened up about his 15-year-old daughter coming out as transgender in 2020. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 40-year-old father explained that his child had changed their name to Zaya and decided to go by she/her pronouns.

Watch the full interview below:

However, his ex-wife apparently believes that Wade does not have Zaya's best interests at heart. According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, Funches-Wade thinks that he is trying to use their child's transition to win marketing deals and brand contracts.

The documents were filed in the Superior Court of California as an objection to Wade's initial plea to legally change Zaya's name.

They claimed the former athlete was: "Positioned to profit from the minor child's name and gender change with various companies through contacts and marketing opportunities including but not limited to deals with Disney."

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Dwayne and Zaya Wade. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Funches-Wade went on to allege: "I have concerns that [Dwyane] may be pressuring our child to move forward with the name and gender change in order to capitalize on the financial opportunities that he has received from companies."

"[Wade] told me that he intended to make our child very famous due to the name and gender issue and also informed me that there would be endorsements/contracts associated therewith," she continued.

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Dwayne Wade and Siohvaugh Funches-Wade. Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alam

The mom is asking the court that Zaya delay legally changing her name and gender until she turns 18 in two and a half years' time.

She added that "there will likely be media pressure on the minor child" to make the change - and that she should therefore wait until she is "the age of majority".

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Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union. Credit: AFF / Alamy

This is not the first time Funches-Wade has clashed with her ex-husband in court. In 2010, she filed a lawsuit claiming that he had caused her and their children emotional distress through his relationship with Gabrielle Union. The charges were quickly dismissed.

Featured Image Credit: Sipa US / Alamy