Siohvaughn Funches is an American public speaker, author, and counselor. She is best known as the ex-wife of former professional basketball player Dwyane Wade. In 2006, Funches founded a non-profit organization called ‘A Woman’s Worth Foundation’ and serves as its president. Funches made headlines in 2007 when Wade filed for a divorce. The two were then involved in a lengthy and bitter court battle, which ended in 2011 with the court granting Wade the sole custody of their children. In 2016, Funches published her autobiography, ‘The True Story for God's Glory.’ In 2018, she came up with her second book, ‘You Gotta Let God Finish!’ Siohvaughn Funches currently lives in Georgia and works as a professional domestic violence counselor.
Childhood & Early Life
Siohvaughn Funches was born on September 6, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Frank and Darlene Funches. She grew up in Chicago along with her sister Garrica LeAnna Woods. Funches had a difficult childhood as her parents got separated when she was just three years old. She then went to ‘Harold L. Richards High School’ in Oak Lawn, Illinois from where she graduated. After graduating from high school, she moved in with Dwyane Wade to live in Wisconsin where she attended ‘Marquette University.’
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Relationship with Dwyane Wade
Funches met Wade when she was studying in fifth grade. She started dating him at the age of 15 and moved into his apartment after her high school graduation. On February 4, 2002, Funches and Wade were blessed with their son Zaire Dwyane Wade. The couple tied the knot on May 18, 2002, in the midst of their sophomore year. Though they were broke at the time of their wedding, Funches did everything she could to support Wade’s basketball career. According to her, she once stole a pair of sneakers from a store as Wade couldn’t afford the sneakers. When Wade went on to become a successful ‘NBA’ player, Funches accompanied him to red carpet events and public meetings. On May 29, 2007, Funches gave birth to their second son Zion Malachi Airamis. But the advent of their new-born child couldn’t stop them from going their separate ways as Wade filed for a divorce in 2007. Funches and Wade were subsequently involved in a legal battle. Though their divorce was finalized in 2010, legal battle pertaining to the terms of their divorce settlement continued over the next couple of years. In 2011, Dwyane Wade was granted the sole custody of his children, while Funches was granted regular visits. In 2013, Wade was asked to pay $5.125 million to Funches as part of their divorce settlement. Furthermore, she also received a mansion and four cars from her ex-husband.
Siohvaughn Funches founded ‘A Woman’s Worth Foundation’ in 2006. The organization, where she currently serves as the president, offers counseling services to women. It also helps women fight against domestic violence. Funches has also written a couple of books titled ‘The True Story For God's Glory’ and ‘You Gotta Let God Finish!’ She is also famous for being a popular public speaker and professional domestic violence counselor in Georgia, United States.
Family & Personal Life
After marrying Dwyane Wade, Funches went on to attend a law school. She then received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a masters-level certification in professional counseling. Even after divorcing Wade, Funches was involved in various controversies. She was once accused of kidnapping her children when she refused to hand them over to Wade after a visit. She also claimed that she has a fair share in Wade’s earnings made from his endorsements. However, her lawsuit to get a share of Dwyane Wade’s earnings from his endorsements was dismissed by the court. She currently owns a publishing company called ‘A Wow Woman Publishing Co.’ She also owns a women’s clothing line and a real estate investment firm.