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Dwyane Wade Calls Wife Gabrielle Union ‘One Strong Individual’ Following Revelation She Had ‘8 or 9 Miscarriages’

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Dwyane Wade couldn’t help but praise his wife after she opening up about her fertility struggle.

The 35-year-old NBA star wrote a tweet in support of Gabrielle Union, who revealed recently that she had experienced “eight or nine miscarriages.”

“My wife is one strong individual!!!” Wade tweeted on Wednesday.

The same day, Union clapped back at criticism from an unknown source or sources, tweeting, “If I worried about dumbass comments from dumbasses I wouldn’t get a damn thing done. So, stay miserable & move out the way. I’m very busy 🤗.”

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RELATED VIDEO: Gabrielle Union’s Heartbreaking Struggle With Infertility: “I’ve Had 8 or 9 Miscarriages”

 

The Being Mary Jane star, 44, opens up about her struggles with infertility in her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine — excerpted exclusively in the new issue of PEOPLE.

“I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” Union writes in the book. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

But even after enduring three years of failed IVF cycles and being constantly bloated from the hormones, Union writes that she and Wade “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.”

FROM PEN: Figure-Skating Star Nancy Kerrigan Opens Up About Her 6 Miscarriages

 

RELATED: Gabrielle Union’s Heartbreaking Struggle with Infertility: “I’ve Had Eight or Nine Miscarriages”

The couple married in August 2014, and she quickly got the hang of raising three boys: Wade’s nephew Dahveon Morris, 16, and sons from a previous marriage: Zion, 10, and Zaire, 15 (Wade’s third son Xavier, 3 — who was conceived with another woman while Wade and Union were broken up — lives with his mother).

“I never wanted kids,” Union told PEOPLE for this week’s issue. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.”

RELATED: New York Mom Who Struggled with Infertility Inspires Others with Hilarious Memes: “There’s Humor in IVF”

“For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?’ ” she added. “A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on.”

“People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause,” Union explained.

For more on Gabrielle Union’s infertility struggles, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.