Bridget Moynahan has a pair of motorcycle boots to thank for helping her get over the incessant media attention she received after delivering ex-boyfriend Tom Brady’s child while he was with now-wife Gisele Bündchen.
Moynahan, who currently stars on “Blue Bloods,” dated the Patriots quarterback from 2004 to 2006.
She writes of her saving shoes in “Our Shoes, Our Selves” written with author Amanda Benchley. The book, out Tuesday, includes stories from 40 women – like Katie Couric, Misty Copeland and Bobbi Brown – about their most significant footwear.
“I think a lot of women can relate to finding themselves in a life moment that has taken a little bit of their joie de vivre out of them, and then having that moment to reclaim it,” Moynahan told People magazine.
Moynahan’s story was fodder for media outlets, frustratingly so.
“I would have cars following me, and men hiding in the bushes outside my house,” she told the outlet. “As a new mother, you want to just protect your child. That kind of attention felt like a threat.”
While dodging photographers at Barneys, she spotted the life-changing boots.
“I thought, that’s what I need. Let me get a little bit of my ‘New York’ back, a little armor,” she recalled.
Moynahan says her son with Brady, Jack, now 11, has benefited from the affection of both parents; her husband, businessman Andrew Frankel; and Bündchen.
“Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child, but also loved our child as if he was their own,” Moynahan told People. “I don’t think you can ask for more than that. My son is surrounded by love.”
Bündchen wrote about learning of Moynahan’s pregnancy early in her relationship with Brady in her book “Lessons” released in October.
“Two months into our relationship, Tom told me that his ex-girlfriend (Moynahan) was pregnant,” Bündchen writes. “The very next day the news was everywhere, and I felt my world had been turned upside down.”
“Needless to say, that wasn’t an easy time. But it was a time that brought about so much growth,” adding that “Jack, my bonus child (born in 2007), has been a huge gift and blessing in my life.”
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