Gisele Bündchen on the ‘challenging’ relationship with Bridget Moynahan
The model opened up about the journey she and Moynahan took when it came to co-parenting
Gisele Bündchen recently opened up about the challenges she and actress Bridget Moynahan came across as they learned how to co-parent together along with Tom Brady.
Moynahan was previously in a two-year relationship with the now-retired quarterback, with whom she has a son, John “Jack” Edward Thomas Moynahan. When Bündchen married Brady in 2009, she became stepmother to Jack during their 13-year marriage, which ended last year.
The relationship between the two wasn’t always easy
In a Vanity Fair cover story, the model opened up about the family dynamics between her, Moynahan, and Brady, and the challenges they faced.
“I say to Bridget — you know, I have a great relationship with her …,” Bündchen begins to explain.
“Everything in life comes with work. You have to go through the roller coaster. You have moments where you get to the sticky points and you’ve gotta overcome it.”
Bündchen admits that the current positive relationship between the two women wasn’t always so. The two women met for the first time a year after Brady and Moynahan’s son Jack was born in 2007.
“I put myself in her shoes and I was like, ‘How can I support her?’ Because in the end of the day, we are team players in ‘How are we going to do this so [Jack] can have the best life?
“We’re not playing against each other. We are a team, and that’s beautiful. I look back and I have no regrets. I loved every bit of it.”
Bündchen reiterates that she is ultimately a peacemaker who has no desire for fighting or negativity. While she had thoughts of backing out of the relationship with Brady because of his child with Moynahan, the model came to love Jack as if he were her own child.
“I wanted to build the best possible relationship with Tom, Jack and our children,” she said in her 2018 memoire ‘Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life’, “I’m also a peacemaker who likes making everything better, easier, and more harmonious for the people I love.”
Co-parenting Jack helped solidify Bündchen’s desire for a family
Bündchen and Brady met when they were set up on a blind date by friends, and began dating in December 2006.
“When I was 26 years old and he was 29 years old, we met, we wanted a family, we wanted things together,” the model said.
“Jack came into our lives and I felt so blessed and it kind of awakened in me this desire of being a mom.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a mom, but I think that happened a little faster than I thought, because now I have this beautiful little angel that I get to care for and love.”
When Bündchen and Brady began having children of their own, she felt grateful for the opportunity to be a present mom for them.
“My world was them,” Bündchen says. “Do you know how grateful I am that I got that time for myself? I breastfed my kids until they were almost two years old. I was taking them to school every day. I was making them breakfast, lunch… I was there.”