As a parent, you never stop learning and growing — just ask Dwyane Wade.
The former Miami Heat superstar, 38, is continuing to speak out about how much his 12-year-old child Zaya has changed him as a dad.
“For me, it’s always about being able to adapt and being able to learn, and always being able to grow,” Wade told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday in Chicago at the premiere of his ESPN documentary D. Wade: Life Unexpected. “I think coming from the inner city of Chicago early on, I was kind of closed-minded on a lot of things.”
The athlete added, “And I’ve been with my wife , traveling the world, meeting people, going to different places, I’ve learned to keep my mind open, keep my eyes open, keep my heart open, keep my thoughts open. That’s what I’ve been trying to do as I’m growing into the man that I’ve always dreamed of becoming.”
While they’re “not the only family who deals with” the topics they’ve spoken openly about in the past (including miscarriage, surrogacy to welcome their now-15-month-old daughter Kaavia James and more), Wade said that he and his actress wife, 47, are in a unique position to leverage “the platform that God gave” them, to lead by example.
“We’re not the only family that’s had to deal with gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, with their child,” he told ET. “We understand the position we’ve been put in, especially in our community, and even though it’s not always a popular thing to speak out on issues that people are uncomfortable with or not as educated on, but this is the platform that God gave me and my family. So we use it.”
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