Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Honor Daughter Zaya on Sweet 16 Birthday

Zaya Wade turned 16 years old on May 29, and her dad Dwyane Wade and stepmom Gabrielle Union celebrated her birthday with social media tributes.

By Elyse Dupre May 30, 2023 12:50 PMTags
Watch: Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union Celebrate Daughter Zaya's 16th Birthday

Zaya Wade's 16th birthday is already off to a sweet start. 

And in celebration, dad Dwyane Wade and stepmom Gabrielle Union marked the major milestone on May 29 with social media tributes.

Taking to Instagram, the basketball star, 41, and the actress, 50, looked back at some unforgettable moments from over the past year, including Zaya's winter formal (where she wore a sequined Rodarte gown), her attendance and runway debut at Miu Miu's Paris Fashion Week shows and fun times with family. Gabrielle and Dwyane captioned their posts with the words "16" and "6Teen," respectively, each adding heart emojis.

And Zaya appreciated all the birthday wishes. 

"16," she wrote in her own post, "so thankful for all the love."

It looks like she may have some big plans for this year, too. Just before Zaya turned 16, Dwyane posted a video and noted she was taking "business meetings at 15 years old." 

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In addition to being dad to daughter Zaya, the former Miami Heat player shares daughter Kaavia, 4, with Gabrielle and has two sons Zaire, 21, and Xavier, 9, from previous relationships. Dwyane also raised his nephew Dahveon Morris, 21.

To see more of the Wade family's photos, keep reading.

Hair For It

"See @kaaviajames mama's got hair like yours," the actress shares on Instagram. "When I took my braids out she was like... now mom & baby both rocking their natural curls."

Kids Come First

"First of all, if you want to talk about strength and courage, my 12-year-old has way more than I have," Dwyane Wade shared on the All the Smoke podcast. "You can learn something from your kids. In my household, man, that's all we talk about. We talk about making sure our kids are seen by each of us, me and my wife, We talk about making sure our kids understand the power in their voice."

Ultimate Defenders

After Gabrielle Union was fired from America's Got Talent, Dwyane absolutely had his wife's back. "'Men lie, Women lie, numbers don't,'" he shared on Twitter after the news broke. "Over this past year I've been approaching by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they've started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show."


Wanna get away? The couple has been known for their amazing vacations that are often documented on Instagram. Work hard and play harder!

Red Carpet Pro

While attending the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards, the couple's daughter Kaavia made her award show debut. Spoiler alert: She was a total pro. 

Clap Backs

After celebrating Thanksgiving as a family, Dwyane took to Twitter to slam Internet trolls who had some not-so-nice comments. "I've seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo," he shared online. "Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so i get it. But here's the thing—I've been chosen to lead my family not y'all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!"

Best Dressed

When it was time to celebrate Halloween 2019, Gabrielle and Dwyane knew just the look to pull off with their baby girl.

Round 2

But wait, there's more! The proud parents also transformed into another theme with their daughter Zaya.

Paying it Forward

Despite their busy schedules, Gabrielle and Dwyane always like to give back. One cause they support is close friend Holly Robinson Peete's HollyRod Foundation charity events. DesignCare 2019 included a performance from Gabrielle's AGT golden buzzer Kodi Lee.

Dynamic Duo

The couple that dresses fabulous together, stays together! Who can forget their Met Gala 2019 look in New York City?

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