Celebrity Parents Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to 'My Forever Date' Gabrielle Union in Jet-Setting Mother's Day Post "Time has allowed our bond to grow organically and naturally," Gabrielle Union previously told PEOPLE of her bond with 14-year-old Zaya Wade By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 8, 2022 03:33 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Johnny Nunez/Getty Dwyane Wade is showing some Mother's Day love for Gabrielle Union. The retired NBA player, 40, wished Union, 49, a special Sunday with a montage of photos and videos of their jet-setting adventures, set to a cover of "Glamorous" by Fergie. "To my forever date, Happy Mothers Day! We ❤️ you," Wade captioned the post. The pair tied the knot in 2014 and shares 3-year-old daughter Kaavia James. Wade is also father to sons Zaire, 20, Xavier, 8, and daughter Zaya, 14, in addition to serving as legal guardian to his nephew Dahveon Morris, 20. However, Union has said she prefers not to be called a stepparent. "The stepparent label was put on me by the kids' school because you have to describe yourself: Who are you if you're not their mother? It's very annoying. It's not a word that I use," she said on Glennon Doyle's We Can Do Hard Things podcast in November. Gabrielle Union Shares Family Photo Ahead of Cheaper by the Dozen Premiere: 'Family Over Everything' "I wanted to make sure I was consistent in their lives," Union added. "Whatever personality I was trying on that day, or whoever I was, I just needed to be consistent so they can get used to me. They've already gone through so much upheaval, moving states away, not knowing anyone, having gone through a divorce. I knew I needed to be consistent. I just didn't know what my role was." Union previously opened up to PEOPLE about how she developed a bond with Zaya since beginning her relationship with Wade. "In a nutshell, time," she said last week. "I think as a stepmom, it's not my job to push myself into her life or force anything," Union added. "So, time has allowed our bond to grow organically and naturally. Being consistent with each other and being trustworthy with each other also." The L.A.'s Finest star added that they became close after Zaya came out as transgender in 2020. RELATED VIDEO: Gabrielle Union Jokes 3-Year-Old Daughter Kaavia Calls Parents by Their 'Full Government Names' "Zaya coming into truest self did help because I am able to bond with who she actually is versus the representative that was speaking for her for years," Union said. "Now, she is completely herself and so I know her, not her representative." "Me discovering who I am, has definitely deepened our bond and also other people's bonds," Zaya added.