Gabrielle Union Shares Relationship Dos and Don'ts

The Being Mary Jane star gives advice on going against your "type" and getting back with an ex for Glamour magazine's February issue.

Posted: 01/10/2014 11:25 AM EST
Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union's relationship with Dwyane Wade might be slightly marred with the recent news that the Miami Heat player fathered a child while the two were on a break, but she's still happy to chat about how much she adores her fiancé and also dishes out relationship advice. In the February issue of Glamour magazine, the Being Mary Jane star shared her relationship dos and don'ts starting with forgetting you have a "type."

"When I met Dwyane, his 'résumé' looked like crap: athlete, going through a divorce, nine years younger than me. None of that screamed, 'Let's have a lasting relationship,' Union said. "Then, after I had a heart-crushing breakup with yet another immature jerk, I thought, it can't be any worse if I date a fetus. Let's just see what happens. Turned out he'd been on his own since he was 15. He had wisdom that comes with facing an insane amount of adversity. He's sweet, funny, honest about his shortcomings. When I put my preconceived notions to the side, I found someone cool."

Union, who said she's gathered relationship wisdom from her divorce, girlfriends, and her current relationship, also added that you shouldn't say never when it comes to getting back together with an ex, but do think it through if you do.

"When you're debating whether to go backward or forward, you have to look at the original issue. [When Dwyane and I broke up briefly in 2013], it was because of distance and scheduling," she explained. "I finished filming the show, then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting Think Like a Man Too. I couldn't take time off, and I missed some quality togetherness we desperately needed. Over the summer, I reassessed priorities. I'd always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realized I wasn't willing to sacrifice my relationship for it. Moving forward, I decided my work schedule has to make sense for our family. Bottom line: If an issue's a deal breaker, it's a deal breaker. If your relationship isn't something you're willing to give up and you can compromise, do so."


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