Gabrielle Union reveals why Dwyane Wade tattooed her initials and not her name

She explained that the former NBA star didn’t want to do the same.

“My ex-husband had a very large ‘Gabriel’… in very distinct print, you can’t miss it,” she said. “And then we broke up.

“So Dee said, ‘I’ll never get your name tattooed on me because I want us to work,'” she explained.

When asked by co-host Kelly Ripa if Wade chose to get the Union initial tattoo for superstitious reasons, she replied: “He said, ‘I don’t need to learn this lesson.’

Union had posted a video on Instagram earlier this month, showing the moment Wade surprised her with his tattoo. The actor was with Wade when he got the tattoo during their visit to Cape Town, South Africa earlier this month. They traveled around Africa to celebrate Union’s 50th anniversary in October. 29

“The moment you find out your man gave you his 17th tattoo,” she said. wrote in the post’s caption, adding that the body art was “the best birthday surprise ever.”