Former NBA star Dwyane Wade is taking the necessary steps to try and shield his transgender daughter, Zaya, from hateful comments on social media.
On Twitter Thursday, Wade responded to a fan who seemingly inquired about the accessibility of Zaya’s comment section to explain his reasoning behind the protected social accounts. The original fan tweet can no longer be viewed.
“For Zaya’s mental health and privacy we’ve decided not to allow the hate into her comments,” Wade wrote. “Thank you for wanting to spread and send her love.”
Earlier this month, Zaya, 15, made headlines after sharing first-look images of her Tiffany & Co. campaign, where she debuted new, flowing tresses in a half-up, half-down hairstyle — a completely different look than her normal low-cut afro.
“dreams become reality,” she captioned the Instagram post.
In supportive father-like fashion, the loving dad gushed over his daughter’s images, posting diamond emojis in the comments section.
Wade has shown unwavering support for his daughter since publicly announcing her gender identity in 2020.
“As blessed as it is for my daughter to have parents who can support her, I’m still afraid every moment she leaves our house,” he said during an interview at a Time magazine summit earlier this year. “And not just because of gun violence, but because of the way people perceive her in this world.”
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