The playful and sentimental relationship between Gabrielle Union and husband Dwyane Wade is regularly lauded as #Goals on social media. And who can really argue with that? Union often describes Wade as her best friend and hilariously goofs around with him online. Put that with romantic getaways and they’ve got the idealistic relationship. But according to Union, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies in their household.
“People are like ‘goals,'” she told Complex magazine in a Tuesday, Sept. 19 article. “Me and D are like, ‘Wtf?’ We’ve kind of figured it out now, but I guess maybe we should tweet live from couples’ therapy. And when you ask us we’re gonna tell you, There’s a process to happy.”
The spouses have famously been through their share of ups and downs. Union was accused of breaking up Wade’s first marriage to his high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches, in 2009. Then, after four years of courtship, Union and Wade briefly split in 2013 and during that time, Wade fathered a child. After his son was born in November, the on-again pair got engaged and wed in a lavish Miami ceremony in 2014.
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For some reason, however, many commentators seem to forget that it took lots of work for the duo to get where they are today.
And it can have damaging effects on real-life couples. A 2014 study found the more millennial spouses used social media, the more likely their marriages would be unhappy and end in divorce.
“Social media doesn’t only influence the way we make friends,” said Julia Rodgers, co-founder of Holistic Divorce, to Forbes. “Our romantic lives receive additional pressure as well. While the study does not prove causation, it is certainly a disturbing phenomenon.”