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Bridget Moynahan, Gisele Bundchen Catfight!

Bridget_moynahan Bang a gong it is ON. the new Mrs. Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, stirred the pot this week in Vanity Fair with her comment about Brady's son with ex Bridget Moynahan. This entire article makes me want to punch Vanity Fair for their absolute disregard to the feelings of the child involved. First, the magazine prefaced the introduction of little John Moynahan in this way, describing the beginning of Bündchen and Brady's courtship:

"Their initial bliss was soon dispelled by an unwelcome development."

Aw, hear that John? You were an UNWELCOME DEVELOPMENT in your father's relationship with a supermodel.

Says Bündchen:

"When we are in L.A. we have Johnny 50 percent of the time. He’s a little angel—the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby. I feel blessed to have him in my life.”

See, that's sweet. Oh gawd, but then she keeps with the talking:

“I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child. I feel it is, 100 percent,” Gisele says. “I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”

I know that if I were to open up a magazine and read my ex's new wife spouting on and on about how "it," what she calls my child, just as much hers as mine I would drag her by the back of a head into a ladies lavatory and show her my stretch marks, deflated boobs, and other remnants of the physical hardship that is the beauty of pregnancy. No Gisele, just because you like your stepson and see him a lot does not mean you love him as much as his mother. If you have a child you emphatically DO NOT KNOW. The end. You act in the best interests of the child, not yourself, and I fail to see where Bündchen at any point has behaved so selflessly as to equate her love for John to that of his mother.

No, she does not love that child as much as his Moynahan. Whether Bündchen was trying to assure Moynahan, whom she has never met, that Moynahan's child will be loved - or whether she was using the child to elevate herself out of "evil stepmother" status is unclear, though I do not lean towards the previous. Anyone half-witted enough to say what she said in an article that allowed a child for whom she supposedly cares so much to be discussed of as an inconvenience isn't worthy of the benefit of a doubt.

Camp Moynahan struck back. A source told Page Six:

"If Gisele loved Bridget's child like he was '100 percent her own,' then she would not talk about him in the press. Discretion and respect are not either of Gisele or Tom's virtues, as was evidenced even when the child was still unborn and they publicly flaunted their relationship without any discretion whatsoever."

The source continued:

"Don't you think Jack will grow up and read her comments and find them disrespectful to him and his mother? If Tom is such a great father as everyone likes to say, then you would think that he'd respect the privacy of his young child and would ask his wife not to use his son as a publicity prop and a subject of public discussion. Is she is so desperate for attention that she can't find anything more productive to talk about other than Bridget's child? Hey Gisele -- real mothers don't call their kids 'it.'"

The VF piece seemed too much braggadocio, which is why the pile-on. It seemed, to me, motivated by the need to polish one's perception to the press and less about creating this family harmony the supermodel drones on about for two pages.

I am a stepchild and I, too, feel it's ingratiating. Until Bündchen has children of her own she should stop martyring herself for simply marrying into parenthood. Moynahan, ever classy, is keeping mum.

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While I think it is possible to love your stepchildren or as your own, and then idea that you have to bear a child to love it is false, I think Giselle should probably shut up


I am so glad that Bridget is keeping quiet about this because it makes her look even better in the situation. I find it odd that Bridget's friend refers to the baby as "Jack" and Giselle refers to him as "Johnny." Does he go by one name with his mom and another name with his dad? Odd.

And also, "when we are in LA we see him 50% of the time" is lame because how often are they in LA? Bridget basically does everything for the kid and every once in a while his hot-shot dad and model wife stroll into town for a playdate. That is prize parenting for sure.


Am I missing something? I don't see where she refers to him as "it" - is that in one of the quotes, or elsewhere in the VF article?


that is a total mess. ack.

sidenote that is really unrelated: why do people call "john" "jack?" i do not get this. they are each one syllable. john does not need shortening! and the source seems quite presumptive to call that kid "jack" instead of john. end rant.


It sounds like she's trying too hard, embellishing how valuable the baby is to her, how they are all so happy together. In fact, I doubt she has much relationship with the kid at all and that's why she is talking out of her rump. Trying to make herself look like uber-stepmom when she's really the model daddy left mommy for.


Hang on, hang on. Your piece seems to suggest that only women who carry and birth children can love them like a mother. I've got a huge issue with that.

Gisele might be an ass, and might or might not love her stepson, but I don't think it's got anything to do with her status as a mother or not.


Wasn't Vanity Fair the one who put Miley's picture in their pages as well? They certainly enjoy stirring up controversy.
I also didn't catch the whole "it" quote in what Gisele said as well.
Either way...
I'm not by anymeans stereotyping models, but it just doesn't seem like Gisele would be someone to have a great convo with, unless it's about shiny things. If I were Bridget, i'd be petrified about the things Gisele teaches baby John. I'm sure G is nice, and means well, but she should keep her mouth shut.

Tracy H

I do think Gisele should just shut it. But, I'm not sure she called the baby an "it." I think it's just a poorly worded, confusing statement. And the whole Johnny/Jack thing is weird. Dad has one name for the kid and mom another? Poor kid. Everybody needs to just shut it and get along for the kid.


I have to agree with what Amanda stated above. I dare anyone to tell me that I don't love my children as much as a biological mother loves her children. (My two children were adopted.) I know this probably wasn't the author's intent, but it rubbed me the wrong way.


As to the "it" quote: ..."that’s not my child. I feel *it* [my asterisks] is, 100 percent." Just a bad thing to say, ack.

Jenn, et al. - you're right, that was totally not the intent. I meant it with respect to how Bündchen isn't with that child as much as a mother is with her child; biological or not is irrelevant. Bündchen's not there for the illnesses, the hardships; she sees him during prearranged visits and even then the boy has a father who is his primary caregiver. She's not raising him. Soo not the same as actually parenting the child the same way that Moynahan does, you know?


Thank you so much for clearing that up! I figured that wasn't your intent, but this is one of those topics that I, ahem, get my panties in a bunch about. : )

#12 forever

I find it amusing that when a fading B list actress plans a pregnancy to save a dying relationship nobody seems to mind, but when a model talks about how much she loves her stepson people bring out the torches and pitchforks.

I'm willing the chalk the "it" up to the grammatical stumbling of someone who is not a native English speaker.

I happen to thnk what she said was sweet. At the end of the day, this kid is fortunate to have so many people who love him.


How do we know this was a planned pregnancy? I always thought it was an accident. Accidental pregnancies do happen. And I thought she found out she was pregnant after they broke up.


I, too, am a big fan of #12 (native New Englander!!) but can't use that as a reason to excuse idiotic comments from his dippy wife.


Yeah she shouldn't talk about her stepson in VF, and she has some misspeak for sure, but this article seems way more hostile than it needs to be. Isn't it great that a woman loves her stepson like her own? What is the harm in that? Did she birth him, no. Does that mean she can't love him fully, completely, utterly, like her own, nope as I'm sure many adopted parents and step parents would say. I think that as women and as mothers we have to be careful about striking other women down and especially using the birth card to do that. I don't think you would claim that a father can't love a child the same way as a mother because the kid didn't come out of his body, or that adoptive parents can't love their kids the same. She's not the primary care giver, but she's there and she obviously loves him and that is a good thing. There's so much hate in the world, having three people love one kid as their flesh and blood is pretty awesome in the face of it all. Media spins, interviews edit and craft and write the tantalizing stuff that people say in or out of context but at the end of the day she loves this kid and that is more than enough.


I am a stepmom and i always lived by the maxim of a child can't have too many adults in their life who love them and are on their side. I think children are lucky if they are surrounded by people who love and care for them.


Much ado about nothing. I think that Bridget always has a friend doing her dirty work so she can come across as a pathetic victim. That witch would give lucifer a run for his money. I'm so glad Brady dumlped her.


Bridget to Gisele. "Listen I'm the only one allowed to exploit that kid for all the publicity I can squeeze out of him. Why did you think I got knocked up before Brady left."


Oh come on.

“[...]to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child. I feel it is, 100 percent.”

She's not saying "I feel [he] is," she's saying "I feel [that he] is. She's not a native speaker, and it is a little clumsily worded, but with "it" she's referring to what she said earlier, that "it is not like this" but "it is like this". She's not referring to the baby, but to the way she feels.


Yep, thanks for the clarification, Dana!


I'm glad that someone else caught the two things that threw me for a loop: "Johnny" versus "Jack" and "when we're in LA we have him 50% of the time." Dude. They're never in LA.

I especially love how Gisele respects that the baby has a mother. How intelligent of you. DUH. She's the one who raises him, carried him, and is classy enough not to talk about him to the press. Or to trash his jerk of a father and his loudmouthed stepmother.


I don't think Bridget has exploited her child in anyway, and yeah, she might have been a "B" movie/TV star, but maybe her not working much anymore has to with the fact that she is taking care of John.
I don't think the pregnancy was planned either, but I agree that Brady and Gisele were disrespectful to Bridget and John by being all over the place.
Being that Gisele has been in the spotlight before b/c of her relationship with Leo, she should know how things can be said, and taken out of context. Tom should also lknow better to involve his son.
I don't think it's fair to say that step-parents don't love their step kids as much as their real mothers do, but I also don't think it's fair that Gisele is using this baby for " Look we're playing house" photo ops.

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