Gisele Bundchen busted driving an ATV with her helmetless baby in a front carrier

Gisele Bundchen was recently photographed, very clearly and unambiguously, riding an ATV while on vacation in Costa Rica. Gisele is holding her one year-old baby daughter, Vivian, with her left arm, while steering and accelerating with her right hand. Those are expensive photos which we don’t have, but you can see them on US Weekly and then come back. Ok, thanks. That’s crazy, right?

The first thing I thought was “OMG” and “Holy crap she can’t brake.” The brake is on the left handle, she’s holding the accelerator. Technically she can brake, because the baby, who is not wearing a helmet, is in a carrier at least. That doesn’t make this anything less than incredibly dangerous for little Vivian! Who would ever think this was ok?! These photos remind me of Britney Spears driving her car with her baby in her lap, but stupider and more arrogant.

Speaking of arrogant, Gisele is the holier-than-thou supermodel who has thrown shade on mothers who don’t parent to her specifications, or who gain weight while trying to eat for two. Some of the ridiculous things she’s said include claiming that breastfeeding for six months should be a mandatory law for every mother (she later backtracked somewhat), that many women turn themselves into “garbage disposals” while pregnant, and that her first baby, now four year-old Benjamin, was fully potty trained by 7 months old. Granted, Gisele was spouting this sanctimonious BS after having her first child, she toned it down quite a bit with her second. She toned it down so much that she thinks it’s ok to drive an ATV and hold her baby at the same time.

Guess Gisele isn’t miss perfect earth mother after all. I wonder how she’ll explain this massive fail. She was just “attachment parenting,” right? (No shade on attachment parenting, just on Gisele.)




Photos are from October and November, 2013. credit: FameFlynet and Pacific Coast News

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  1. bowers says:

    Just because a person is a rich model doesn’t mean she’s smart.

  2. jinni says:

    That thing could easily flip over. The kid doesn’t even look secure in that baby carrier she’s in, let alone safe on a moving vehicle without any head gear. I bet she and her team are trying to come up with a way to spin this to show what a perfect mother she is. Or she’ll make some excuse about how in Brazil they do this all of time, so she won’t get dragged by the mommy bloggers.

  3. Anna says:

    Not that I would ever try this with my own kids, and despite not being a fan of Gisele, I would like to point out that it appears as if she has her daughter strapped into one of those carry pouches, like the one pictured in the photos at the bottom of the post. If this is the case, this would mean that she is merely supporting her daughter with her one arm, rather than actually holding her. So if she had to break or steer with both hands, she could let go of her daughter – the pouch bears the weight.

    • swack says:

      I saw the pictures the other day and felt that even though she was in a carrier it didn’t look like she was very secure in it. The baby was leaning off to the side and looked like she was trying to climb out.

      • red_jane says:

        I work as an emergency nurse and I can tell you these bikes roll so easily.. even at a slow speed the weight of it would crush her and the child causing major trauma.

        So frustrating to see someone with influence not using it wisely.

      • swack says:

        red_jane, I totally agree with you. I was countering Anna’s reply because to me the child was not securely in the carrier and she was using her arm for more than support. I have used carriers on walks with my grandchildren and they are put in it so that they don’t have the chance to manipulate out of it. It bothers me that she preaches that you aren’t a good mother if you don’t breastfeed and other such things and yet it’s okay for her to do this type of thing.

    • sarah says:

      I know lots about babywearing and nothing about driving whatever that thing is so… the baby is probably pretty secure in the Ergo. I use one and kids really can’t climb out. However, you aren’t supposed to do active stuff like running while wearing a baby because it can hurt their neck. You know, like whiplash. Now judging from one photo, it seems like she’s going really slow. Um her hair isn’t even blowing.

      So on the ranking of dangerous activities we do with our kids, this doesn’t seem that bad to me. But what do I know? My kid is standing on top of the kitchen counter right now.

      I think if it were anyone else, they’d get a pass but because she’s said some judgey stuff people will be happy to trash her for it.

      • k miss says:

        Yeah, it’s so slow and flat. My neighbor is a great dad who takes his small kids on his ATV all the time. Once my son hits the one year mark he’ll be on our ATV too. Just no climbing the hills, but once down on the flat part of our property he can ride on it.

      • SunnySide says:

        He really doesn’t look like she is going very fast. My husband and I live on a farm and have a Rhino ATV. I just took my 8 month old out in it in a front carrier last week. I was a passenger and we weren’t going fast. I think people are making a bigger deal of this than it is. When you live in the boonies like we do and the livestock gets out, you have to do some fencing, baby or not. I wouldn’t take the baby sport-off-roading but for transportation to move supplies I really do not see the big deal.

      • Lemon says:

        ATVs are a major source of traumatic brain injuries. Definitely not safe. Even a “minor” accident could result in catastrophic injuries for a baby with no safety precautions.

        I wonder if that is why so many parents let their children drive ATVs, particularly without helmets, because they are perceived as slow and therefore safe?

      • CleverNever says:

        You’re dead right, Lemon. A lot of my friends have/had them. They’ve all grown up around motorbikes of every description, to the extent that many of them rode competitively. Yet, even with all their experience, 5 of the men, 8 of the kids/teens and 2 of the women have sustained serious injuries – 3 almost fatal, requiring months in hospital and further therapy and rehabilitation after discharge – as a result of believing these things are safe. Five of the young ones have steel pins or rods in their legs because of the damage done after the bike rolled. No way would I ever get on one, given my propensity to crash or trip on my own shadow…

  4. tifzlan says:

    That is so grossly irresponsible. She should be thanking her lucky stars that no accident occurred during her little joyride. I’ve never heard of an ATV accident that didn’t end with a death.

  5. Tapioca says:

    If she goes over an unexpected bump the back of that baby’s head is going to smack straight into the handlebars.

    Motorised vehicles + unsecured infants = idiotic parents. It was dumb when Britney did it, it’s dumb when Gisele does it.

  6. GiGi says:

    Is it terrible that I don’t see the big deal here? There’s clearly a break lever right by the grip she’s holding and she’s driving a 4 wheeler – not a dirtbike, 3-wheeler or moped. They appear to be driving slowly down a private path. I don’t know. It feels like a non-issue to me.

    • Erinn says:

      See my post above. Hit a bump, end up coming down off of said bump at a weird angle and your steering handles can come swinging in at you.

    • Dani2 says:

      The baby is in a carrier also, I don’t think this is a huge deal either. Although I probably wouldn’t drive one of those things with a child attached to me simply because I’m OTT about stuff like that, I’d be too scared of the “what-ifs”.

    • MrsB says:

      Agree. The photos don’t tell us enough for us to be passing judgment on her. As long as she was going slow, and the path wasn’t extremely bumpy, I don’t see a problem with it.

    • JB says:

      I agree. She was probably running down to the private beach from her hotel or something. And going about 2 mph since there were people standing in the way taking pictures (which is, realistically, the most dangerous thing about the situation). There’s always something that could go wrong but I’m not judging her for not running through a mental checklist of those things before making every decision. I’m pretty sure that, regardless of her IQ, she’s not carelessly trying to endanger her own children.

    • V4real says:

      Saying this is no big deal is like saying what Goop did on her vespa is no big deal. I have rode ATV’s before and one poster was right in saying one wrong bump than oops.
      Plus how do you know the speed she was going. I think she was just as wreckless as Goop.

      I don’t think she’s intentionally trying to put her baby at risk either I just think she’s to stupid to realize the danger.

      In DR kids rides on bikes with their parents without helmets so its not uncommon in some places

    • gaggles says:

      Agreed. It may not be the smartest thing to do, but I don’t see the big deal either. She doesn’t need to be strung through the fire for this.
      Like the JLaw post from yesterday. People dislike her and are being overly critical because people love to criticize Gisele.

    • Zigggy says:

      I must agree, as much as I want to hate on Gisele ;)

    • Audrey says:

      They flip easily. Even going slow and safe, you can end up with the atv on top of you.

      I’ve been on one when it tipped and I was hurt. We weren’t going fast. Just hit something the wrong way

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Agree with GiGi. Besides the fact that it’s her kid and her decision as a mother as to what she deems to be a safe situation or not.

      On a personal level, I cringe when I see people in the city riding around on bikes with their kids in those little bike seats. Boston streets be crazy. But I also recognize that it’s their kid, their choice and doesn’t affect me in any way shape or form.

      No parent could live with themselves if something happened to their child because of their carelessness or failure to protect, so I assume that most parents make these choices after carefully weighing the consequences.

      • Isa says:

        I agree. Her hair isn’t even blowing in the wind. I’ve only had one accident and that’s because we weren’t being responsible. So I’ve never experienced the “hit one tiny bump and the thing will crush you.” Like everyone here keeps talking about. Anyway, I tend to be very paranoid, especially about car seat safety. Not sure why this doesn’t bother me more, especially since Gisele gets on my nerves.
        I’m actually surprised Gisele is doing it since she seems like a very judgmental mother.

  7. G says:

    These two need to get real and apologize to the world for lording over everyone. Brady is going to lose this Saturday and Gisele will be doing a lot of ‘splaining. And all will be right agin in the world.
    PS- wonder if Tom asked her to get lost in the post season, so he can actually win a few games?

  8. Marigold says:

    She was on a beach going incredibly slow. She would have been in more danger being dragged down the road in a radio flyer wagon. People spin their babies around and toss them in the air and it’s more dangerous than this. She isn’t my favorite person in the world but this was harmless.

  9. Erinn says:

    The issue is (and this happened to my fiance) sometimes you can hit a bump and those handles can suddenly crank in one direction, and that baby could get smashed with them.

    I love ATVs and have been using them since I was about 14. Usually I’m one to defend the use of them, but in this case what Giselle did was NOT safe AT ALL.

  10. Secret Squirrel says:

    She is a good model, but not a good role model!

    Carrier or not, that baby would have come off second best if anything unexpected had of happened.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Exactly. Going slowly or not, if she did have to jump off/turn suddenly or something else happened she’s going to be restricted in how much she can do and the child isn’t protected in any way by a helmet (would the people saying it’s ok feel the same if she was cycling slowly with her child this way?).
      As the article said, if Gisele wasn’t sitting on her throne loudly judging every other mother in the world who doesn’t do things her way (i.e the best way) then I doubt this would have even gotten coverage.
      If you’re going to sound off in a very public way, then expect to be taken apart for every little thing. Same as JLaw and the fat thing yesterday.

      • Marigold says:

        Why would she have to jump off suddenly or turn suddenly? Seriously, what what cause her to have to do that? She was literally going slower than many people walk. Are you going to suggest the baby wear a helmet when they’re just walking around too? I mean, Gisele is taller than that ATV so the baby would have further to fall in the event Gisele tripped or something.

      • Janie says:

        Why would she need to jump off or turn suddenly if she’s going very slowly…? Which she appears to be. The kid isn’t in any more danger than if G was just walking and holding her, looks to me.

      • MrsB says:

        An ATV is a whole lot more steady than a bicycle so that really is not a good comparison. But I do think you are right about one thing; the only reason this is getting so much attention is because it’s Gisele. People dislike her and are looking for any reason to jump all over her.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        She could have a kid or a dog run out in front of her, or even just sneeze and have momentary loss of control of the vehicle (and yes, whilst sneezing is unlikely to cause loss of control, it is not unheard of). Accidents happen in a heartbeat.

        The issue for me would be that she would still have to protect the baby as well as trying to control the ATV at the same time, which is just asking for a bad outcome.

      • Lindy79 says:

        As others with experience have posted below, those things if they hit a bump or a small rock or something (which it doesn’t exactly look like a smooth surface so it is possible), the handlebars could swing suddenly, or cause it to change direction.
        That was all I was saying, that it was possible and that her sanctimonious attitude when it comes to pregnancy and motherhood is the reason this is even a story.
        I didn’t condemn her for it.

      • FLORC says:

        I’ve been riding ATVs since I was 12 in very bump backwoods and on beach trails.
        You cannot predict what will happen. Just because you’re driving slow does not guarantee you a safe ride at all. And for a 2 month old baby a helmet is critical. It just seems Gisele was lazy here. She will preach up and down about how others aren’t gestating and raising their kids correctly, but how will she respond to this, I wonder?
        It would only take 1 kicked up rock or momentary lapse is awareness by gisele to hurt her child.

    • Usually, I’m meh on Gisele (I think she’s a good business woman and she’s pretty, but not stunningly gorgeous), but it’s really those baby comments that take the cake for me. She is a tall, leggy woman who probably has to work out to keep the weight that she is at (like Angelina Jolie)—everyone knows that everyone gains weight differently. So why on earth would she be all ‘I didn’t treat my body like a garbage disposal’, when asked about her baby weight/gain?

      Not only is it sanctimonious and holier than thou, but she basically made any woman who gained a ton of weight (even if they did exercise and eat healthy during their pregnancy) feel horrible about themselves. I know that with my body type, if I ever got pregnant, I would gain a ton of weight–she didn’t make me feel any better about myself with her comments.

      But yeah–I can’t believe Leo spent five years with her. Like I know that Leo’s a modelizing mama’s boy, but I’ve never seen him be anything but humble when it comes to his success. He’s always talking about how lucky he is, etc—Gisele just seems like she’s stuck up her own ass. Which isn’t to say that she isn’t a nice person, but I don’t think I’d want to hang out with her.

  11. MrsBPitt says:

    Okay, I wouldn’t ride with my baby on an ATV, but the baby is in a carrier, so Gisele has use of both hands and it looks like they are going super slowly….say what you want about Gisele, but I do think she is a good Mom and wouldn’t put her child in danger…

  12. blue marie says:

    Man, really? Folks would have a heart attack at some of the photos from when I was a baby with my parents. It wasn’t the smartest thing in the world for her to do but, how fast was she going? Maybe because I’m not a parent, I’m not all that offended?

    • GiGi says:

      I know. Not that I would ever condone it, but my dad used to zip me up in the front of his motorcycle jacket when I was a baby and drive around like that! Ah, the 70s, lol!

      We actually have a dirtbike track on part of our property – and when riding around that, yes, everyone wears full protective gear. But if we’re putzing around on the property – nope. No helmets. We don’t ride them horseback riding, either – call the authorities!

      • marina says:

        Yeah, the 1970s when no one knew any better

      • FLORC says:

        You’ve been lucky you never had an brain injury from a fall then. It’s luck. And luck isn’t guaranteed to anyone.

      • anon361 says:

        More like, “Yeah, the 1970s, when everyone didn’t helicopter parent.”

      • GiGi says:

        Like I said, I don’t condone children riding on street bikes without protection – but it was commonplace when I was growing up.

        However this is not what Giselle was doing. Despite many comments, 4 wheelers are extremely stable when operated safely. We own several types of off road vehicles and operate them daily to get around our property. The only people who’ve ever had accidents on them (and never flipped, just gone off trail or something) have been driving at high rates of speed, like jackasses. Those people don’t get asked to ride again.

        Some 4 wheelers are built for that sort of racing or performance, most aren’t. I’ve never seen or heard of someone driving a 4 wheeler of the sort Giselle is driving and “hitting a bump” and having an accident at a normal rate of speed. And I kind of feel that this sort of fear mongering is creating a generation of children who are afraid of their own shadows. Afraid to take risks. I’d rather my children learned how to properly operate a vehicle like this safely without protective gear than to think a helmet is all they need. I’ve seen many people who feel that a (snowboard/skateboard/motorcycle/bicycle) helmet would protect them and then proceed to be foolish with their safety. Helmets are essential for some activities, but too many people put too much trust in them.

  13. Ag-UK says:

    Isn’t that the same type of vehicle Ozzy Osborne was on when he flipped over. Carrier ok but if it topples she will be SOL. I am too neurotic I could never do that with my son.

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  15. Brown Eyed Girl says:

    i see this all the time in my neighborhood (I live in the boonies). ATVs dont usually roll over if you are on flat land going on a straight path driving slow which Gisele is probably doing …its when you go fast and turn or travel near a ditch that you have a risk (think the way a guy or teen would drive it).

  16. Naomi says:

    There is not enough info to make any definitive comment based on the photo. None of us know the terrain, how fast she is going. All I see is conjecture & ‘what if’ speculation.

    Gisele doesn’t bother me. Personally, I think people hate on her because she has been with two men who are considered ‘good catches’ and married one. They are considered an extremely good looking couple who have babies who are considered good looking and they make boat loads of money. They also appear to be a very happy family.

    I think the homes they are building are, how shall I put it, unnecessarily expansive but it is their money. As for her parenting ‘advice’ it seemed to me she as if she stated an opinion for which she was slammed. Other women have made similar claims regarding breast feeding and received similar comments. They are just not as well known.

    Unless you have some facts regarding these pictures all any of us are doing is assuming. Commenting is fine but t feel the vitriol attached with some of the comments is unwarranted.

    As for the Britney Spears pictures she would have dropped her child had her bodyguard not been there. The picture of Gisele with her daughter does not prove either she or her child are in harms way Britney’s photos clearly do.

  17. eliza says:

    I don’t know what the huge deal is. If you are going super slow, over grass or sand it isn’t that dangerous. I doubt she was speeding along, doing tricks.

    I don’t have kids, nor have I ever had a second person on an ATV with me so maybe I shouldn’t judge. I prefer my ATV’ing to be done solo.

  18. mrspatrickbateman says:

    Ugh that couple. Just ugh.
    Stupid hat.

  19. Sam says:

    Eh. I think a lot of the shade is because it’s Gisele. Pink had a similar dust-up this year when she took a picture of her husband riding motorcross with their daughter on the bike (I think she may have had a helmet, but I’m not sure). But she defended herself (she said her husband is a professional and their daughter was safe with him). I don’t remember most blogs giving her a hard time.

  20. Al says:

    I’ve been to this area of Costa Rica several times and what she’s doing is normal there. I’ve seen whole families on 1 ATV. I’ve seen infants strapped on with bedsheets to their parents . On the other hand, it’s against local norms to ride on the beach. Sea turtle nests are everywhere under the sand. I’ve seen local throw rocks at people doing it. She should know better since she goes there so often

  21. Not says:

    i (wanna)get (catch a) bitch shade/vibe when i look @her.

  22. Ag says:

    Yeah… What a tool. A baby in a carrier. Without head protection. On an ATV. Good god.

  23. We Miss You Enclave_24 says:

    Is she talking on a Blackberry in the first pic? Nice!

  24. Ice Maiden says:

    Multitasking eh, Giselle?

  25. S says:

    I spent part of the summer in Costa Rica. Besides walking, dirtbikes and ATVs were the primary ways to get around because most of the roads weren’t paved. The baby is strapped to her, and more than likely, she’s probably going very slow and not very far. I saw families doing this all of the time while I was there and never felt like any of the children were in danger. It’s a different lifestyle… she’s not racing, and there’s no traffic. She’s fine.

    • gaggles says:

      This! Omg. You people would be astounded what some people do in different parts of the world with their children. You’d just declare all of them unfit mothers.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for your comment S. I too have traveled in Costa Rica and it is exactly as you say. Plus my family has 3 ATV’s and if you are going very slow it is in no way whatsoever a danger. Of course everyone has to make it out worse than it is, because it is Gisele…..we ladies just have to try and tear her down, don’t we?

  26. lovegossipbutnotL&E says:

    The celebrities that preach so much are always the ones that do things like this. They act all holier than thou to people, then close their doors.

  27. Madi says:

    How old is that kid? Pffft my 8 month old (potty trained since birth) rides on his own doing wheelies without any clothes. Guess her child is just a slow learner!

  28. JLM says:

    Y’all are so naive – her baby is breastfed, so she doesn’t need a helmet! ;)

    I disagree with posters saying it’s not dangerous because the baby’s in a carrier. You wouldn’t drive a car or a bicycle with your baby strapped to your front, and they won’t let you do that for plane take-offs either. And the fact that she could be driving with two hands is meaningless, because at the time this pic was taken, she clearly wasn’t. Accidents happen in a split second – you don’t have a lot of time to react.

  29. janie says:

    I just want to share, my younger brother fell off an ATV earlier this year, dislocated one shoulder, broke several fingers and bones on the other arm, had to have several painful surgeries and months of physical therapy, and he’s still not 100%. And this is a young guy in top physical shape, very active and outdoorsy. Accidents happen. .. what a dumb h*e, excuse my language, for putting her baby at risk like that

  30. Nicolette says:

    What’s this? The uber-mom, the woman who spews her parenting wisdom, the one who tells us common place moms that we do everything wrong, and should parent according to her standards did something stupid! Hush your mouths!

  31. Lynn says:

    I’m more upset by the fact that she ditched her sick husband during the playoffs to go play on the beach for 2 weeks! Priorities! Of course, he could have sent her away for annoying him, lol.

  32. Trillian says:

    A helmet would do no good since the baby is strapped in the carrier. But it looks like they are going real slow, so I just can’t get worked up here. These things don’t fall over that easy. At least she has her kid in a proper carrier and not those awful front-facing things with no support for the bottom that most celebs use.

  33. Heather says:

    Oh Lord, leave her alone! She is a good mother and wife – she loves her kids (and stepchild), breastfeeds, takes them with her when she works (unlike Kim K) — I mean, my God, can we not give the woman a break? I am a mother myself of a 15 month old and I am just appalled at the constant sanctimoniousness of all of the critics of every little thing certain women (God help you if you are a supermodel) say and do. Go read the post on this over at Lainey Gossip…I am 100% with her on this one.

  34. ozmom says:

    If they had been horseback riding on the beach I bet most would think it was precious. Horses are a lot more unpredictable & dangerous though.

  35. pru says:

    She claims her son was fully potty trained at 7 months??? Physically impossible.
    I’m stunned she would think people would believe that.

  36. MarlyR says:

    You people should relax; it’s called thinning the herd. The stupid, and oftentimes their offspring, don’t survive very long due to a lack of mental ability. It’s a sad fact of life and we should try and appreciate that they don’t grow to maturity and become a burden on society. There’s no guarantee the kid will be able to making a living in the same manner as either parent, and could miss the mark in the looks department, too. Would society really miss one more ugly, untalented, and likely entitled celebrity offspring?

  37. poola says:

    She is a dreadfully smug woman, whose only achievement in life is having a great body. And lets not forget she stole tom brady when another mum was pregnant with his child, people are going to berate her for this midtake because shes an insuferable bimbo who believes shes better than the rest of us because shes been lucky in life

  38. Jennifer says:

    I’m not defending her but I believe there are two brake levers so I think she can technically brake. However, she is still a dumb@ss.