Gabrielle and Dwayne welcomed a daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, via surrogate in 2018. In 2021, Time published an excerpt from Gabrielle’s book, You Got Anything Stronger?, in which the actor detailed her fertility struggles and path to have Kaavia. Gabrielle revisited the day her daughter was born, then stated she still wonders how it may have been different to have carried Kaavia.
“So much time has passed. So many firsts. Yet the question lingers in my mind: I will always wonder if Kaav would love me more if I had carried her. Would our bond be even tighter?” Gabrielle wrote. “I will never know what it would have been like to carry this rockstar inside me. When they say having a child is like having your heart outside your body, that’s all I know. We met as strangers, the sound of my voice and my heartbeat foreign to her. It’s a pain that has dimmed but remains present in my fears that I was not, and never will be, enough.”
The Cheaper by the Dozen star also said that through this experience, she has “learned that you can be honest and loving at the same time.”