Poor Gabrielle Union, 41, barely had time to enjoy her new engagement to NBA star Dwyane Wade, 41, before news broke that Dwyane had fathered a child with Aja Metoyer.

"They're old enough to understand the mean things that strangers can say," Union tells Though Funches filed suit, alleging Union was detrimental to her children's wellbeing, the actress knew she had nothing to worry about. "We were submitting plenty of proof for the times she said I was in Miami.

So, it was like, obviously you're not telling the truth.

And then the courts dismissed the case." PHOTOS: Stars and their soulmates During that time, Union had doubts about moving forward with Wade.

, Union explains why it's taken her so long to refute the rumors that she was a homewrecker.

"I think people mistook me taking the high road as an admission of guilt.

Dwyane and I made a decision very early to not react to the negativity.

And I kept feeling like the truth would come out," Union explains. What I discovered on social media is that people don't read the entire story." PHOTOS: Celebs who love athletes Union was also concerned about how feeding into the story would affect his children with Funches (Zaire, 10, and Zion, 4).

‘Down to ride ’til the very end, it’s me and my boyfriend.'” Gabrielle also posted shots of Dwyane days before and after the Feb.

5 shot — all throughout the spring, in fact — so if Gabrielle and Dwyane indeed took a break, it must have been quite short!