Who is Aja Metoyer?
Aja Metoyer was born in the USA on 24 July 1983 – her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is a reality TV star but who might be known best as the ex-girlfriend of Dwyane Wade, a former American basketball player.
Early life and education
Aja was raised in the US alongside her three siblings Melissa, Derek and Cristen, by their father Donald Metoyer and their mother Cynthia – her parents’ professions are not known. Aja’s sister Cristen is a TV personality, but probably known as the girlfriend of Joe Crawford, a basketball referee.
Aja grew up dreaming about becoming a model or an actress.
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She attended Campbell High School in Georgia, at which she played soccer and ran track, while she also practiced acting with the school’s drama club. Aja matriculated in 2001 and was then urged by her parents to enroll at a college – she honored their wishes and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2005.
Career as a reality TV star
Aja is only recognized by her appearance in the reality TV series “Basketball Wives”, which has been airing since 2010 and follows the lives of women who are or have been wives or girlfriends of famous basketball players – Aja joined the cast in April 2017 for the series’ sixth season, which ended on 14 August 2017.
Two daughters with Dwyane Wade
Before meeting Dwyane, Aja was in a relationship with American actor and comedian Damon Wayans. She gave birth to their two daughters Amara and Amiya Wayans, but a few years into the relationship, the two broke up for unknown reasons, although a rumor has it that Aja was caught cheating on Damon.
It was announced on 10 November 2013 that Aja gave birth to her and Dwyane Wade’s son Xavier Zechariah Wade – at that time, Dwyane was taking a break from his relationship with American actress Gabrielle Unionan, but not long after the child was born Dwyane left Aja and the kid behind, proposed to Gabrielle and married her in 2014.
Since Xavier’s birth, Aja has been keeping away from the media’s attention, and as of December 2020, she is single, hasn’t married and has three children.
Hobbies and other interests
Aja is keen on driving luxury cars, and judging by her Instagram account, she has owned and sold several.
Travelling is one of her main hobbies, and she has been to many US states for both work and pleasure, often taking her children with her.
Aja is interested in fashion, and wears only expensive clothes – her favorite brands are Tom Ford, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
In her spare time, Aja enjoys watching romantic comedy movies, and a couple of her favorite actors and actresses are Ashton Kutcher, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, while her favorite movies include “You’ve Got Mail”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Runaway Bride”.
Age, height and net worth
Aja’s age is 37. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m), she weighs around 130lbs (59kgs), and her vital statistics are 36-32-36, with an hourglass-shaped body. As of late 2020, her net worth has been estimated at around $1 million, while Dwyane’s net worth is reputedly over $20 million.
Who is Dwyane Wade?
Dwyane Wade was born in Chicago, Illinois USA on 17 January 1982 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. He is a former basketball player who spent most of his career playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Miami Heat team – Dwyane won three NBA championships, and was an NBA All-Star 13 times.
Dwyane was raised in Chicago alongside his sister Tragil and two half-siblings from his mother’s prior affairs, by his mother JoLinda – she and his father Dwyane Wade Sr. divorced when Dwyane was four months old. The children remained with their mother but who was a drug addict, and occasionally found herself in jail, so Dwyane eventually went to live with his father and his new wife.
He began playing basketball while attending Harold L. Richards High School, partly to stay away from gangs and drugs. Upon matriculating in 2000, he enrolled at Marquette University on a basketball scholarship, and was coached by Tom Crean. As he became the Most Valuable Player (MVP) during his third year, Dwyane decided to drop out of college and make himself available to play in the NBA.
He was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2003 – he was invited to the All-Star Game for the first time in 2006, while the same year saw him win the Finals MVP Trophy making him the fifth youngest player in the history of NBA to win the award. The 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons saw Dwyane suffer many injuries missing 23 games in 2007 and 21 games in 2008. He stayed with the Miami Heat until 2016, when he signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls worth $47 million, then on 24 September 2017, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In February 2018, Dwyane was traded back to the Miami Heat, becoming one of three basketball players to score four thousand rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks, 5,000 assists, 20,000 points and 500 three-pointers.
Dwyane played his final game on 9 April 2019, and then retired from basketball and on 7 January 2020 – his number three jersey was retired by the Miami Heat.
Dwyane also played national basketball. He competed with the US National Team in 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Championships winning bronze each time, before the team won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics after beating Spain in the finals.
Before meeting Aja and Gabrielle, Dwyane was married to Siohvaughn Funches, his high school sweetheart – they exchanged vows in 2002 but divorced in 2010, with Dwyane given custody over their two kids. He has a daughter with Gabrielle born on 7 November 2018. In 2020, one of Dwyane’s sons aged 12 came out as a transgender girl and changed his name to Zaya.
Dwyane is a passionate philanthropist who founded Wade’s World Foundation in 2003, which aims to help underprivileged children – on 24 December 2008, Dwyane bought a home for a woman whose house burned down. He has also helped raise money for those hit by the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and was once the ambassador of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Hoops for St. Jude initiative.