, Union opens up about her violent rape at the hands of a gunman while working in a Payless shoe store when she was just 19.
Blige and Whitney Houston, and later talking to "Mr. She credits Prince for unwittingly connecting her with her future basketball hubby Dwyane Wade, and providing inclusive spaces for creatives of all creeds and colors."I grieve the vital connector who brought so many communities together, long after he recorded those radio hits everyone knows by heart," she writes.From being called racial slurs in middle and high school to facing issues about her hair, Union doesn't hold back with vignettes of navigating being black.She includes instances of being called "pretty for a black girl," of on-set hairstylists frying her strands because they didn't understand styling black hair, and a condescending experience with a director well into her film career.She also recounts dropping "Black Bombs" of truth on her stepsons Xavier, Zion and Zaire Wade, telling them how to behave at sleepovers with friends or when hanging out with girls so their actions aren't misconstrued.Even though Union and Wade look picture perfect together, their relationship has its ups and downs.Union discussed her battle with IVF treatments, revealing she had "eight or nine miscarriages.""For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant," she writes of the struggle to conceive with Wade.Their prenup was also a little messy, according to Union, but it's not as simple as who gets the couch when there are millions of dollars at stake.When discussing the financial aspects of her relationship with Wade (who she calls her best friend), she talks about their prenuptial agreement and the negotiations that made her feel "resentful."Thankfully, they figured out the prenup three days before their wedding, which Union refers to as "the time of my life" with the man she calls her "best friend," and we've been stalking their cute couple pictures ever since.Gabrielle Union knows how to ‘Bring It On’ — whether it’s on the big screen or the red carpet.And for the last two decades, audiences have cheered her on.In tribute to her winning career, we decided to look back on her time in the limelight, starting with when she was just a rookie. NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Gabrielle Union attends the NYFW Kickoff Party, A Celebration Of Personal Style, hosted by E!