Facts of Jolinda Wade
|Full Name||Jolinda Wade|
|Birth Country||United States of America|
|Spouse||Dwyane Wade Sr.|
|No Of Children||4|
|Date of Birth||November 7,1955|
Jolinda Wade is the mother of 3 times NBA champion, 13-time NBA all-star, 8-time member of the All-NBA team, and the Olympic Gold medalist, Dwyane Wade.
Wade is a Baptist pastor.
She divorced her husband when Dwyane was just four months old
By the age of 18, Wade was already a mother of two children. It was at that time that she met Dwyane's father Dwyane Sr. and got married in 1977.
From their union, they gave birth to their two children, a daughter Tragil and a son Dwyane.
However, she and her husband separated when Dwyane was just four months old and eventually got divorced.
When they got divorced, she had custody of two children. Dwyane stayed with her until he was 8 and went to live with his father and stepmother.
She struggled with drugs addiction for years before achieving sobriety in 2001
According to Wade, she started drinking in 8th grade in order to fit in with her peers and eventually started smoking marijuana which later became her addiction.
Following her divorce from her ex-husband, she moved in with her kids in a rough neighborhood where she started dealing drugs.
She even invited her addicted friends to her home to get high on drugs while her kids were at home.
She recalled a time when she nearly died while shooting up thinking it was dope but it wasn't and was rushed to the hospital where she was hallucinating.
The addiction continued until 1994 when she was sent behind bars after she was arrested for possessing crack cocaine to sell.
She said she badly broke down when young Dwyane paid a visit to her unaware of what was happening.
Four years later, while she was on a work release from jail, she ran away and ended up living as a fugitive for several years before her daughter Deanna found her in an abandoned building.
Soon after she got rescued and returned to jail to complete her jail sentence.
It was during that time that she learned about God's forgiveness when she got the letter from Dwyane saying she was his hero.
She had in mind that she was going to get her family back. She became Christian and started reading Bible.
She came out of jail in 2003 and has been clean ever since.
Her involvement in drug addiction made her kids' childhood tough
Her involvement in drug addiction made her kids' childhood tough, especially Dwyane.
His tough childhood taught him a lesson about his role as a parent to his kids. In an interview with People, Dwyane said he missed structure as a kid.
According to him, his parents' addiction took them down a path that was solely for them and about them noting that when that happens, you kind of lose yourself, and lose place of what's of importance, and a lot of times, if you have kids, that's should be what's of importance.
He said besides his sister, he missed the structure of his parents but at the same time he also said that he does not blame his parents as he understands they have their own lives and own journey.
Dwyane says his role as a dad is that he is always going to lead with love.
He wants to be somebody his children always understand, that can adapt, and that is willing to grow and is willing to learn.
Her son gifted her a church
After she came out clean, her son Dwyane gifted her a church "The Temple of Praise in South Chicago in May 2008 where she now serves as a Baptist pastor.
Dwayne told the Associated Press that she went through a lot in her life with drugs and jail without her family and that he respects his mother, from the life she used to live, and sees her in the life she lives for which he is very proud of her.
Her net worth is currently under review. But we have the net worth of his stellar son Dwyane. Dwayne has a jaw-dropping fortune of $170 million.
- She was born on November 7, 1955. She is 67 years old.
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