Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert Podcast on 2nd January 2023, featured Gabrielle Union discussing her past relationship with NFL star Chris Howard. Between 2001 and 2006, the couple was married. She jokingly stated that she felt entitled to cheat on Shepard because she was paying all the bills, she was working her arse off, and she felt it was her right. Her marriage was a stupid relationship that never should have gotten past the dating phase because neither she nor Howard was ready to commit.
As a result of Union’s admission of infidelity, fans were left dismayed. The exchange sparked a discussion online about what might happen if the roles were reversed. Twitter user wrote: You know a guy saying that wouldn’t be taken well. Others pointed out that “paying bills” is not synonymous with “infidelity,” while others said her argument meant that a husband was only “loved and respected” if he had money and “provided for his family.” The reasoning was questioned by others, who called it “wrong” and “ridiculous.” In 2014, Gabrielle Union married Dwyane Wade and welcomed their daughter by surrogacy.
Gabrielle Union says she felt comfortable with cheating on her first husband since she paid all the bills. pic.twitter.com/sZX2gU9jOF
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) January 4, 2023
The Justification For Gabrielle Union Cheating On Her First Husband Sparks Controversy
When Gabrielle Union appeared on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, she talked about many things. During the interview, she shared a story about meeting Shepard on a lost episode of Punk’d, about how Dwyane Wade adjusted to retirement, and about how the Los Angeles Times called her out for water usage (she denied the report). In fact, she debated whether it would be cheating to hook up with a ghost. It wasn’t that, though, that made headlines. Gabrielle Union was honoured for her comments about infidelity in her first marriage. She said she didn’t receive any wife of the year awards during her first marriage, which lasted four years and ended in 2005 when she married former NFL player Chris Howard. When we were first married, we didn’t consider our marriage to be an obstacle to our dating. Her infidelity was partly a result of her trying to match her husband’s, Union said, adding: I felt entitled to it.
I was paying all the bills. At the time, I was working nonstop. That’s what I felt would come, the spoils of riches. Although the headlines are technically correct, they do not convey some key context like the fact that her first husband was also unfaithful – something she detailed in her book We’re Going to Need More Wine – and how this habit was learned. In addition, many users pointed out that the Being Mary Jane actress was misquoted and only selected parts of her podcast interview had been shared. According to them, it is unfair to target just Gabrielle Union since Chris Howard cheated before her. Fans are increasingly pointing out the disconnect between the context and the headlines, but Union has remained silent. Gabrielle Union liked a tweet from April Reign that called out the media’s framing: In her first book, published five years ago, she describes how her ex-husband treated her poorly and cheated on her constantly.
You know if a guy said that it wouldn’t be taken very well lol.
— MikeyPerk (@mikeyperk) January 4, 2023
Gabrielle Union was cheating cuz she paid all the bills …. How do that even correlate?
— SEAN DOE (@IAMSDOT5) January 4, 2023
so if gabrielle union was right for cheating on her man since she paid all the bills, does that man if a man is paying all the bills *he too* should be able to cheat freely and in peace? be detailed in your response 😂😂😂😂
— D4LT (@NSRd4ltmsz) January 4, 2023
If there is one teaching we should all pay attention to and study for ourselves in the scripture, it’s “faith and healing”. You know why? Sooner or later, we all will need it! Feed your faith to heal you and others.
#rufai #Obasanjo #brymo #GabrielleUnion
— chinenye (@chinenyeway) January 5, 2023
The way everything Gabrielle Union does is framed is creeping me out. So in the article she says he was seeing other people so she saw other people, and that got translated into she cheated on him because she made the money?
— 🕺🏾 (@shOoObz) January 4, 2023
I really don’t like Gabrielle Union. Not because of this, but I just never have. I feel like she’d watch me drown and smile about it https://t.co/LZopGPUXgU
— 𝕋𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕪𝕒𝕜𝕚 ℙ𝕒𝕡𝕚 🍜 照り焼き (@TrizzyTheChef) January 5, 2023
Why do I keep seeing Gabrielle unions cheating shit on my timeline?
— Strawberry Redd💄 (@shiyanlee_) January 5, 2023
I swear nobody cares Gabrielle Union cheated on her ex husband this isn’t news no one should care lol
— 🌱 (@s0ulfulchick) January 4, 2023
The Gabrielle Union “scandal” isn’t a scandal at all. This is ANOTHER example of Black entertainment blogs taking one excerpt out of a big story where both parties were involved. I need you guys to PLEASE learn about media framing…
— Courtlyn “𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙 𝕶𝖎𝖒” 💥 (@TheCourtKim) January 4, 2023
Gabrielle Union said that she felt entitled to cheat on her husband because she was the one providing in the marriage. Imagine it was a man that wrote such. The Internet would have been on fire.
— panjicahbintaro (@panjicahbintaro) January 4, 2023