Miami Heat player causes stir with abortion revelation in wedding announcement

Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem
Posted: September 06, 2013

MIAMI HEAT player Udonis Haslem might be having second thoughts about being so public about his longtime relationship with Faith Rein.

The couple, whose wedding recently was profiled in TheNew York Times, revealed that they'd terminated a pregnancy early on in their relationship. The eyebrow-raising revelation caused a bit of a stir online as bloggers weighed in on the surprising admission made in the Times' Sunday Styles section.

The unintended pregnancy happened while he was a senior and she was a junior at the University of Florida. Haslem had fathered a son while still in high school and wasn't keen on having another child. At the time, he was trying to get into the NBA.

"I am not a huge fan of abortion, but we both had sports careers, plus we could not financially handle a baby," Haslem said in the piece.

That kind of candidness is a first, Tattle suspects, for a wedding announcement in TheNew York Times. I mean, you read of couples whose relationships began with both being married to other people, but with abortion? That's a new one.

While the revelation borders on TMI, the information is presented in the article as an example of one of the hardships the couple encountered along the way. Websites such as Jezebel.com, praised the couple for being open and treating their abortion experience so matter-of-factly.

"Udonis appreciated that I was willing to have an abortion," Rein told the Times. "I found him caring, supportive, nurturing and all over me to be sure I was O.K. I saw another side of him during that difficult time and fell deeply in love. He had a big heart and was the whole package."

The couple married on Aug. 24 in Florida after a 14-year-courtship. They have two sons together. Haslem also has another son, Kedonis, 14.

Blurred lines

Yesterday, Tattle reported about some possible blurred lines in Robin Thicke's marriage following allegations that he got frisky with Lana Scolaro, 20, after the Video Music Awards.

The same day that Scolaro's shocking claims surfaced in Life & Style magazine, Thicke and wife Paula Patton cozied up for the cameras at an album-release party in New York. Patton was looking good in a tight-fitting, orange cutout dress and was seen acting lovey-dovey with Thicke. Publicly, at least, there were no signs of any friction between the two, who have been married since 2005.

A rep for Patton accused Scolaro of being "just a girl looking for some attention." And speaking of Patton . . .

Looking for love

Philly's own Jill Scott is co-starring in "Baggage Claim," which opens Sept. 27. Here's what she told Ebony magazine about the romantic-comedy starring Patton, in which she play's Patton's character's best friend: "The script was good. I felt like anybody could be a part of this cast. It didn't have to be an African-American cast; it could have been anybody. It was just a really good story, because who can't identify with trying to find love? Everybody's looking for love and you want to love somebody and be loved in return. I think a lot of us at this point - late 30s and early 40s - are ready."

A ring ain't nuthin' but a thing

Speaking of marriage, Djimon Hounsou, who had a commitment ceremony with Kimora Lee in 2008, believes in love but not necessarily formalizing things the old-fashioned way. Hounsou, who also co-stars in "Baggage Claim," said in a YouTube video for Hip Hollywood, "The idea of marrying somebody can actually ruin the union. Some people are happily together for decades and they get this fantasy idea to go and get married when it's just about papers basically . . . eventually it just goes sour."

Baldwin gets talk show

What was MSNBC thinking when it decided that anger-prone actor Alec Baldwin should host his own late-night talk show?

It'll be called, "Up Late w/Alec Baldwin" and will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays beginning next month. Tattle thinks a better name might have been "Alec Baldwin Unleashed," because when he goes in on people, he really goes in: He has a history of attacking paparazzi and freaking out on flight attendants.

But he can be colorful, which is why producers probably were attracted to him. Baldwin reportedly told the Hollywood Reporter, that some days he feels as if he were "born" to spit on Rupert Murdoch and his media outlets.

- Daily News wire sources, websites and Jenice Armstrong contributed to this report.

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