29 September (WNN) — Gabrielle Union says she mistakenly thought her husband, Dwyane Wade, said “I love you” on their first date.
The 48-year-old actress opened up about her early romance with 39-year-old Wade during Tuesday’s episode Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Union said her love story with Wade unfolded “over the years”.
“The first night, I swore he said ‘I love you’ – maybe there was alcohol involved,” Union recalled. “At the end of the night, we hug, of course I hear him say, ‘I love you.’ So, I don’t react. I was like too soon.”
“The next day I was like, I don’t want the weekend to be awkward. So I was like, ‘Hey, what did you say last night. I love you too,'” she said.
Union said that Wade denied years later that he had said “I love you” before.
“But once you open the door to ‘I love you,’ it never stops,” Union said.
Union and Wade married in August 2014 and have one child together, daughter Kavia James, 2. Wade also has three children, Zaire, 19, Zaya, 14, and Xavier, 7, with previous partners.
Feather Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Union said her father and family did not initially trust Wade because of her experience with her first husband, Chris Howard.
“When he first met Dwayne, he said, ‘What’s your intention? What do you want from my daughter?’ He was like, ‘Her love?’ There was a lot of mistrust in the beginning,” she said.
Union is best known for playing Mary Jane Paul being mary jane and on Sydney “Sid” Burnett LA’s Finest. He released new book Do you have anything strong? earlier this month.