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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade got engaged last week! But their happy news is now being overshadowed by a shocking revelation that basketball star Dwyane fathered a child with another woman shortly before he popped the question to his actress girlfriend.
But the news reportedly isn't a surprise to Gabrielle, 41, who tearfully said "Yes!" when her boyfriend proposed to her at his team the Miami Heat's Christmas party.
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According to sources, Gabrielle already knew about the child, who was said to be fathered while the couple was on a break. When they first began dating in 2009, he already had two sons, Zaire and Zion, from his first marriage. The boys live full time with their dad, and Dwyane is also raising his nephew. Though the baby's mother wasn't named publicly, she is reportedly someone the athlete has known for a long time.
The newly-engaged pair "have worked through the issue privately as a couple," a source tells Entertainment Tonight, adding, "Wade has never taken his fatherhood responsibility lightly and has no intention to do so now."
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In the past, the Bring It On star has talked about how her idea of love evolved past a fairy tale and into something more realistic. "We all have to let go of the Prince Charming complex and realize he doesn't necessarily exist in the package we assume he'll come in ," she said. "I think if we open ourselves to all different kinds of men and all groups, we find a lot more opportunities for love."
The couple is reportedly planning a September wedding.