While Dwyane has been inundated with messages of support some were critical, with rappers Boosie Badazz and Young Thug slamming the former basketball player for supporting his child's decision to switch genders to female.

Taking to Instagram Live, Cardi B hit out at the critics saying she wishes she was as self aware at such a young age. She further urged critics of Zaya and her family to "please try to understand because sometimes you'll be wanting people to understand you, so, try to understand somebody else, especially when it's a child".

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In an interview with Good Morning America, Dwyane say Zaya knew her gender identity at three years old. "She's known it for nine years, since she was three years old and all along this way we've asked questions and we've learnt but she's known," he says. 

Dwyane says that Zaya approached him and disclosed her gender identity and sexuality.

"[Zaya said] 'Hey, I don't think I'm gay' and she went down the list and said, 'this is how I identify myself, this is my gender identity. I identify myself as a young lady. I think I'm a straight [trans] girl because I like boys'," Dwyane says on the show.

Earlier this month, Dwyane announced that Zaya had come out as trans during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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