“I wanted to take the opportunity to respond to the recent derogatory statements made by my ex-husband, Dwyane Wade, about me as an African-American woman, a mother and a believer in Jesus Christ.
First, these statements are completely untrue, and second they are very hurtful. Not only to myself, but more importantly to my children, who are as human, and subject to hurt and pain, as all other children, despite any lifestyle that they have been afforded. They too, like many other children, have experienced the excruciating pain and unique challenges that children suffer when their parents are divorced.
I will not add to that pain by now responding publicly with malicious, or hate-filled, comments to Dwyane, despite his decision to say these harmful untruths about me, and despite the fact that I never went to the media or public about these sensitive private family matters affecting our minor child.
Dwyane is still the dad of my children and for my babies’ sake, I choose to refrain from speaking negatively about him. If I had anything at all publicly to say to him it would only be one thing, “I forgive him again.” It would only be this one thing, because this matter isn’t about him, or me, it’s about a child who otherwise cannot protect and shield themself from the negative consequences that encompass living your life in view of the world. Yes, the world will watch your triumphs, but they will also have a front row seat to your failures.
There are countless full-grown famous adults who have experienced this, and suffered severe consequences stemming from anxiety, depression and others are no longer with us because they took their own lives under this public pressure and scrutiny.
I have both the mandate and privilege of protecting my children from these tragic events, as well as the myriad of other negative things that have a tendency to impact those living in the limelight, but time will fail me to mention them all.
Therefore, I will do what I believe GOD has called me to do as a mother and that is love and protect my children and do what I believe is best for them. I’m by no means a perfect parent but I love my children with perfect unconditional love. I will also continue to do what the laws of this land allow me to do as a parent with the parental right and power under the constitution in courts of law and not the court of public opinion. I ask you all as a mother to please respect our privacy as a family with these serious and sensitive matters relating to our minor child.
Again thank you for the opportunity to be heard and thank you ahead of time for respecting our privacy.”