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Is It Best to Keep Your Mouth Shut When Dating a Man with Kids?

We can't help who we're attracted to, and nobody said love was easy, so when you're single, with no kids and you find yourself getting involved with a man that has kids, other factors come into play that could potentially change the dynamic of your relationship. You're faced with possible baby mama drama, setting a good example for his children and learning to keep your mouth shut about issues concerning his children. The subject of children can be sensitive for some, and at times, it's a difficult task to keep your opinions to yourself. Women are opinionated by nature, so you have to ask yourself, is it best that I keep my mouth shut to keep the peace in my relationship?

After years of dating, Gabrielle Union finally broke her silence about how she was feeling during the divorce of her boyfriend Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn. She was faced with a lot of backlash during that time as the media speculated that she was "the other woman" and her relationship with D Wade was the reason for the divorce. She was labeled a homewrecker and had to deal with allegations by Siohvaughn that she displayed inappropriate behavior in front of their children. Siovaughn even filed a lawsuit against Gabby, alleging that she broke up their family.

In the current issue of JET magazine, Gabrielle decides to address the turmoil and set the record straight.

On why she decided to remain silent when her reputation was questioned:
The kids. For the people that hire me, it’s a non-issue. But at the end of the day, Dwyane’s kids are going to be the ones who really suffer. They’re 10 and 4 and a half. They’re old enough to understand the mean things that strangers can say.”

Her response to the media labeling her as "the other woman":
“I think people mistook me taking the high road as an admission of guilt. Dwyane and I made a decision very early to not react to the negativity. And I kept feeling like the truth would come out. The problem is, when it did, nobody cared. What I discovered on social media is that people don’t read the entire story.”

On the lawsuit filed by Siovaughn implying that she was a homewrecker and her alleged inappropriate behavior in front of the kids:
“I fought it. My life is just too easy to track. So, we were submitting plenty of proof for the times she said I was in Miami. So, it was like, obviously you’re not telling the truth. And then the courts dismissed the case.”

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