On October 17, We're Going to Need More Wine hits stores, which is a memoir on the Being Mary Jane star's fascinating life. One of the most revealing excerpts that dropped is about her marriage to Chris Howard, a retired NFL running back who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They were married from 2001 to 2006.
Gabby revealed she ignored a list of red flags, including a bizarre proposal. According to DailyMail.com, she wrote, "I spent the whole day at the spa and when I got back to his house, there was a rose petal path from the front door to the bedroom. At the end was Chris, down on one knee. He had a bucket of KFC on the floor, and he was eating KFC potato wedges with one hand while holding a ring in the other." Then, less than 24 hours after the proposal, she "discovered a message on Chris' computer that hinted at an affair."
She still decided to get married, but even the New Orleans wedding was a disaster. Bridesmaids were hungover on wedding day, one of the groomsmen showed up to the wedding "fresh out of jail." She also asked one of her friends, actor Dulé, to do a reading. She wrote, "Dulé thought this marriage was a terrible mistake, so as he read from 1 Corinthians, he kept sighing dramatically, pausing to look at me like 'Are you getting this?"' Then, the minister mispronounced her name, "calling her Gabriel, like the Biblical angel. Because Gabrielle felt awkward correcting the minister, when reading her vows she mispronounced her name as well."
Union also reveals that she constantly suspected Howard of cheating. Gabrielle suspecting her husband was continually cheating on her, sometimes she was right and other times she was wrong. "One day she found a phone number for a woman named Angelina in a pile of laundry. The actress knew he was sleeping around but was enraged when she found this 'proof.' She screamed at Chris saying: 'You think you're gonna call this b****? YOU THINK YOU'RE GONNA CALL THIS B****?' It turned out, the number was from a soul food restaurant Gabrielle had asked him to find the name of. Another cheating scandal would lead to the end of Chris and Gabrielle's marriage. One of the women he allegedly slept with, 'Cameron Camera', threatened to sell photos proving he was a philanderer to tabloids."
Thankfully, Gabby met Dwyane Wade in 2007 and they married in 2014.
Sounds like the book is going to be a page-turner!
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