Let’s be clear Gabrielle Union is a legend.
She’s been killing the Hollywood game for more than twenty years, and has 80 film and tv projects under her belt.
Union is also a spokesperson, model, activist and the owner of her own haircare brand. But one of the things that makes Union so legendary – is that she’s so relatable.
Last year, the 45-year-old revealed in her New York Times best-selling book, We’re Going to Need More Wine she has had eight or nine miscarriages.
The brave actress appeared emotional as she appeared on The Dr. Oz Show earlier this week. Union explained to Dr. Oz share why she decided to go public with her infertility issues..
She Became Frustrated
Union sadly revealed she suffered miscarriages both from IVF treatments and conceiving naturally.
She expressed her frustration after getting married and not being able to get pregnant immediately.
“Initially, I didn’t know what the issue was,” she said. “I got off birth control, I got married, and I was ready to start a family. I didn’t think there was going to be any problem, and there was. So I was always having these early miscarriages. Some from IVF, some just naturally happening on our own.”
Union has been married to NBA star Dwyane Wade since 2014.
Her First Miscarriage Was The Toughest
Union painfully told Dr.Oz that she’s lost count of the miscarriages she’s had – but the first one was the toughest on her.
“The first one was the most brutal because we told people,” Union revealed tearfuly. “We were so excited. You know, you dream of this moment. Those dreams were just crushed. And [miscarriages] just happened in rapid succession over the next few years.”
But Union is determined to share her story and uplift other women, saying defiantly, “there’s no reason to suffer in silence.”
“No one wants the world to think you’re ‘defective’ or less than a perfect woman or less than capable. There’s so much shame and mystery and guilt that surrounds fertility issues. That’s why I wanted to include it in my book because I’m tired of it.”