Most Superbowl XLIX viewers were focused on two teams: the
New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. But I had my eye on two other factions—Gisele and Bridget, the beautiful
baby mamas of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
If you haven’t been following Tom’s soap opera-worthy love
life for the past few years, here’s a quick recap: Tom dated actress Bridget Moynahan (possibly
most famous for playing Carrie’s romantic nemesis Natasha on "Sex and The City")
for three years. After their break-up,
Bridget discovered she was pregnant with her ex’s son (Jack, now 6). Tom later married the world’s highest paid
supermodel Gisele Bundchen and they had two kids, Benjamin and Vivian. Got it? Good.
Tom and Bridget share custody of Jack, so when the Patriots
won the big game, the world saw both of his sons rush the field with mom/stepmom
Gisele. Bridget wasn’t there to
celebrate, but she tweeted in support of her ex, “Congratulations to the
@Patriots!” It was a great moment in
civil co-parenting—something these moms seem to have made a priority. Gisele and Bridget are often photographed
together at Jack’s soccer and Little League games, sitting together and
As a child of divorce, I can’t tell you how much I admire these women for making the best of a tough situation.
As a child of divorce, I can’t tell you how much I admire
these women for making the best of a tough situation. My own mother and stepmother haven’t had an
actual conversation in 30 years. They
are both great women and terrific grandmothers to my kid, but co-parenting is
not something that they ever attempted.
I don’t blame them. In the 1980s, the term “co-parenting”
didn’t exist yet, and there wasn’t a template to follow. My father’s wife and ex-wife interacted very
little, so when they did cross paths it was always super awkward. Keeping separate lives may have been easier
for the grownups, but it’s been hard on my brother and me. (At our own weddings, we were more nervous
about our parents getting along than about walking down the aisle.) That’s why I’m in awe of today’s modern
blended families who make it work.
For Bridget and Gisele, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. In 2009, Gisele famously told Vanity Fair that she
thought of Jack as “my own son,” which apparently didn’t sit well with
Bridget. Sharing kids is challenging,
and doing it in the public eye is probably even harder. But
they’ve avoided the pitfalls of trash-talking in the media (unlike, say, Brandi
Glanville and Leanne Rhimes) and over time they’ve found a way to get
In 2011, Bridget told "More" magazine, “My son has two loving
parents in an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or
boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.”