Gabrielle Union Says She Felt ‘Entitled’ to Cheat During Her First Marriage

Pardon the pun, but not all unions are made to last.

On the January 2 episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Gabrielle Union opened up about her relationship with her first husband, former NFL star Chris Howard, which she said should never have made it past the dating phase. The 50-year-old actor, who has been married to NBA player Dwyane Wade since 2014, described her first marriage as “dysfunctional from day one.”

After Shepard, who has been married to actor Kristen Bell since 2013, mentioned his guilt over past infidelities, Union replied that she wasn’t exactly “wife of the year” during her marriage to Howard.

Gabrielle Union and Chris Howard at a press event in 2004

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Gabrielle Union and Chris Howard at a press event in 2004
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“In my first marriage, neither one of us felt like the marriage should get in the way of our dating,” she said. “A part of it was like keeping up with his activities, like, ‘Oh, that’s what you’re doing? You’re going to feel this one.’ And I just felt entitled to it as well.”

Union added that her career successes also led her to feel as though she was getting what was hers. “I was paying all the bills. I was working my ass off and I felt like that’s what comes, the spoils of riches.”

Gabrielle Union and Howard met at a party in 1999 and were married from 2001 to 2006.

Originally Appeared on Glamour