Bridget Moynahan features a pair of motorbike boots to thank for helping her recover from 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 vital footwear.
“I think tons of girls can relate to finding themselves during a life moment that has taken a touch little bit of their joie de vivre out of them, 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 within the bushes outside my house,” she told the outlet. “As a replacement mother, you would like to only protect your child. that sort of attention felt sort of a threat.”
While dodging photographers at Barneys, she spotted the life-changing boots.
“I thought, that’s what i want . Let me get a touch little bit of my ‘New York’ back, a touch armor,” she recalled.
Moynahan says her son with Brady, Jack, now 11, has benefited from the love of both parents; her husband, businessman Andrew Frankel; and Bündchen.
“Tom and that i made a choice to boost a toddler together and that 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’ll invite quite 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 that i felt my world had been turned the wrong way up .”
“Needless to mention , that wasn’t a simple time. But it had been a time that caused such a lot growth,” adding that “Jack, my bonus child (born in 2007), has been an enormous gift and blessing in my life.”