Zaya Wade Opens Up About Her Dad Being Her Biggest Inspiration

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 30: Zaya Wade attends the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 30, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Zaya Wade is giving her father, Dwyane Wade, all of the praise. 

During a recent interview, Zaya opened up about what it’s like having a supportive father, and he inspires her. “My dad is who truly inspires me the most,” she said. “Kids always tend to look up to their parents, but not only did I idolize him growing up and see him as a real person, I realize that he has played such an essential role in supporting me and the ways I choose to present myself to the world.” 

She continued, “He’s been so supportive and my biggest advocate. He took the time and learned and grew. I want to have that same mentality going through anything in life.” Zaya also spoke on the difficulties and challenges she had faced while coming out and transitioning. 

“Coming out is such a big change. It’s hard to navigate. We’ve all learned more about each other and the way we can coexist and grow together in this crazy world, especially in the public eye,” she said. 

Zaya added, “It’s like a spotlight is always on you. At the end of the day though, we are a family, and we support and love each other and we are grateful.” She posted a touching tribute to her dad after he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.