Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union just tied the knot this weekend, putting a cap on their long-term, high profile relationship. But Gabrielle mentioned on Arsenio Hall that she is demanding a prenup since she says that she’s never seen Dwyane balance a checkbook.
This conversation I have with S. Tia Brown as part of our series on Financial Lovemaking centers on the nature of this relationship between an older woman and younger man. Gabrielle is more than a decade older than Wade, which is rare territory for relationships. It doesn’t mean that things won’t work, but it does lead us to wonder how things are going to evolve further down the road.
Another dynamic that occurs in this relationship between an older woman and younger man is that the older partner in any relationship has a level of sophistication and understanding of relationship strategy that the younger person may not have. Sometimes, this is a good thing, since a more mature person will know how to keep the relationship together.
But the downside of the maturity gap is that while one party is still finding himself/herself, the other party may have a longer term strategy in mind. When things start to go sour, that’s when the maturity gap can lend an advantage to the older party. It will be interesting to see how this relationship turns out.