The actor explained during Wednesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” that her ex-husband, Chris Howard, had tattooed her first name on his arm. They were married from 2001 to 2006.
The retired NBA star didn’t want to do the same, she explained.
“My former spouse got a very large ‘Gabrielle’... in a very distinct font that you can’t miss it,” she said. “And then we broke up.”
“So D was like, ‘I will never get your name tattooed on me because I want us to work,’” she explained.
When co-host Kelly Ripa asked if Wade chose to tattoo Union’s initials for superstitious reasons, she responded: “He was like, ‘I don’t need to learn that lesson.’”
Union had posted a video on Instagram earlier this month showing the moment Wade surprised her with his tattoo tribute. The actor was with Wade when he got the tattoo during their visit to Cape Town, South Africa, earlier this month. They had been traveling throughout Africa to celebrate Union’s 50th birthday on Oct. 29.
“The moment you find out your man has made you his 17th tattoo,” she wrote in the post’s caption, adding that the body art was the “best bday surprise.”