Everyone has an opinion about Siohvaughn Funches-Wade’s display on the streets of Chicago over the weekend. The ex-wife of Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade, staged a personal protest with a sign reading “NBA Miami Heat star. Mother of his children on the street.” Many saw the sit-in as a publicity stunt while others felt it was the mark of a woman’s mental deterioration after being left for another woman and losing custody of her children.
In the wake of Siohvaughn’s personal protest, Dwyane Wade’s lawyers released a statement, addressing her mental state and financial status after their six-year divorce battle:
“Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches have reached a financial settlement. The agreement was submitted in court last Tuesday, July 16 prior to Ms. Funches’ recent unfounded and erratic public display outside the courthouse this past Friday. Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process. Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life.
Despite false allegations by Ms. Funches claiming to be “homeless” and “destitute,” Dwyane Wade has maintained over the years financial support to his ex-wife by providing her with income over $25,000 on a monthly basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at the house, 4 cars, insurance, taxes and all of her attorney fees throughout this process. Ms. Funches has made a mockery of homelessness which is a serious and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child.
Dwyane Wade was awarded sole custody of their sons by the court in 2011. The safety and wellbeing of his children are his main priority. Due to Ms. Funches’ current unstable mental state, her visitation will be determined by the court. Mr. Wade continues to hope that one day he will have a civil relationship with his ex-wife for the sake of their sons.”
For her part, Siohvaughn claims she’d never received her share of the millions Wade makes through endorsements nor the $300,000 in spousal support that she needs every year to stay off the streets.
She told Chicago radio station WLS: “I took care of myself and our two children, purely living off of savings. The savings dwindled down. I was advised by my lawyer to find a bankruptcy attorney.”
The couple’s divorce settlement also included a mutual “non-disparage” agreement to prevent Siohvaughn from making negative public comments about Wade and even Gabrielle Union.
Though Siohvaughn personally rejected that portion of the settlement, saying “My voice isn’t for sale, my story isn’t for sale, no thank you,” a circuit court judge enforced that part of the deal on Monday. We hope for the sake of their family, Dwyane and Siohvaughn can resolve their issues, and everyone can move on.