"Keep shining," Gabrielle Union wrote in a loving birthday message to the teen

By Maria Pasquini
May 29, 2021 03:31 PM
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Dwyane Wade, Zaya Wade and Gabrielle Union
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Happy Birthday, Zaya Wade

In honor of Zaya's 14th birthday, Gabrielle Union shared a loving tribute to the teen.  

"Happy Birthday @zayawade," the actress, 48, wrote alongside a photo of Zaya striking a pose while wearing a colorful striped top and a pair of white pants with three-dimensional flowers on the side. 

"14!!!! 🎂🎁🎈💥💥💥 We ❤ you so much and we are so proud of you! Keep shining my 🖤," Union added, passing along a sweet message on behalf of herself and husband Dwyane Wade

Meanwhile, Dwyane offered a glimpse into his daughter's birthday festivities on Friday, showing a circular red carpet outside their home. "Someone birthday is tomorrow," he wrote alongside the clip.  

Zaya Wade
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In addition to Zaya and their 2-year-old daughter Kaavia, the couple are also parents to Wade's son Xavier, 7 (whom he shares with an ex), son Zaire (who, like Zaya, is Wade's from a previous relationship) and Dahveon, Wade's nephew.

In his own birthday message, Dahveon wrote, "Happy birthday @zayawade I love you Soo much I will always have your back thru it all live it up 💞🤞🏽🤞🏽."

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Wade and Union recently opened up to PEOPLE about their journey with Zaya, who came out as transgender last year.

"When I look at Zaya, I get hope," said Wade, 39. The retired NBA star went on to share that Zaya was 3 years old when he and his wife began discussing "possibilities" within her future.

"We decided to approach it a different way," he said. "I come from a locker room of a macho, male-dominant sport. But I started learning and I started to watch her. And from then on we started having more conversations."

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When Zaya came out as trans, Union recalled there being an outpouring of "love" and "information." 

"I didn't have many resources, so I just reached out to everyone I knew from social media," Union told PEOPLE. "Everyone responded with love, resources, and information."

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For the couple, who supports the LGBTQ+ community through their Wade Family Foundation, what's most important is to lead the way with love. 

"We want to make sure [our kids] feel strong and supported and free to be exactly who they are," said Union. "What I love about our home is that everybody is unique," added Wade. "And we allow their uniqueness to shine."