Brooke Shields gained 10 lbs following knee injury, couldn’t care less

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This is a bizarre story that’s not a direct quote, but definitely sounds like something Brooke would say. Brooke Shields is very upfront about her issues, but she’s not oversharing every week like other celebrities. Brooke has shared her thoughts on aging in Hollywood, she’s admitted that she suffered from postpartum depression and sought help for it (you don’t know the history of psychiatry) and she’s talked about staying fit by exercising and eating less. When Brooke shares something about her life, you get the sense that she’s just being honest, not that she’s trying to get headlines or preach to the masses. So that’s why I believe this story that Brooke gained a little weight after a knee injury, and why I also believe that she doesn’t really care about it:

Once America’s preeminent sex symbol, Brooke Shields has put on 10 pounds in the past four months, and is “adamant that she couldn’t care less” about it, a source told exclusively.

With ongoing issues related to her knees having “put a stop to all workout routines,” the former face of Jordache and Calvin Klein is “pretty open about” her swaying momentum in the battle of the bulge, the source said.

“She’s almost 50 now and her focus is on being a mom and staying healthy, not being this super skinny supermodel/actress,” the source said. “She’s a very smart, independent and practical woman.”

Shields was last seen publicly at New York’s Fashion Week in January, where she sat in the front row for Dennis Basso’s show.

[From Radar]

Radar titled that story “Brooke Shields Packing On Pounds, But ‘Couldn’t Care Less’“. Ten pounds is not “packing on pounds.” The photo in the eggplant dress below is from April 9 and she looks gorgeous. As many commenters on Radar are pointing out, Brooke is about 5’11” tall, ten pounds on her is probably not noticeable at all. I’m tallish and I feel like it has to be over 20 pounds to be considered “packing.” I have a similar attitude to Brooke. If I gain a little I don’t really stress over it. It’s not like I don’t care, I just kind of figure I’ll either do something about it or not, and that’s my decision.

As an aside, this reminds me that Brooke was once rumored to be up for the spot on The View vacated by Elisabeth Hasselbeck and currently occupied by Jenny McCarthy. Brooke would have been an infinitely better choice than McCarthy.

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  1. Amyc says:

    I think she’s a gorgeous woman, and looks great! I really admire her and think she’s a role model for younger female stars.

  2. mel says:

    I’m 47 and even though I still work out and watch my diet…I’m kind of like…eh. Leave to the younger girls to deal with….she still looks great though!

    • Ginger says:

      I’m going to be 45 next week and I’m the same way. Just at that point in my life where I’m not going to let myself go but I’m not stressing over five pounds either. I’m more concerned with my overall health and my family’s welfare.

    • Boodiba says:

      Me too! I’m 47 & spent many years shredded. But I never found love then and now I just don’t care! I’m getting ready to let my hair be all white like it wants to be as well.

      • Mel says:

        I have a lot of friends who are younger (I have young kids) and they worry about their size and I’m like yea … Just wait! It’s no picnic as you get older.

      • Nina says:

        Ha. I’m 47, also never found love when I was really slim, and now I’m a few lbs over what I’d like to be, and still havent found it! Go figure, maybe love or happiness has nothing to do with ur weight! i have to say, it still bothers me but I do realize that my health is more than a number on the scale.

    • Decloo says:

      She’s not ‘almost fifty’ but I can’t shade her for knocking a few years off her age. She’s at least 50 and maybe 51. We were child models together and I’m pretty sure she was a year older than I.

  3. Look, it all depends on your frame. I’m 5’4″ and 118 lbs. If I gain 10 lbs, it SHOWS. It’s a lot on me. Conversely, there have been times in my life when I’ve been 10 lbs smaller than I am now and I looked sickly and skeletal.

    For someone tall and with a sturdy frame like Shields, 10 lbs is probably barely noticeable.

    Sorry to jump in with the stats-I know that’s annoying as f*ck but I feel like I had use some context to effectively illustrate my point.

    Also, I adore Brooke Shields. Always have, always will.

    • John says:

      You’re spot-on. I see her occasionally in the Village, she is almost six feet tall, statuesque and regal in her carriage. The extra ten pounds probably looks great on her.

      • Kiddo says:

        Yeah, yeah, out in the Village, pfft, you probably have your binoculars out, peering through her windows at the La-Z-Boy furniture. 😛

      • doofus says:

        I think she looks way better in the eggplant colored dress than she does in the other one. the extra 10 agrees with her, I think.

        and this is something I’ve heard from so many women as they age…it’s either wrinkles or weight. that is, if you have a few extra pounds, you have fewer face wrinkles.

      • John says:

        What’s your problem, Kiddo? I work in the entertainment industry and also live in the Village. She lives her life like everyone else does, running errands and getting the kids to and from school, lessons, shops; she is not invisible, so I see her out and about the neighborhood.
        It must be very, very hard for you to get around with that massive chip on your shoulder. Please aim it elsewhere, my comment was benign.

        And yes, doofus, as a friend said to me (much to my utter confusion at first), “When a woman reaches a certain age, it’s face or fanny” with respect to weight.
        She had to explain what “fanny” means in American vernacular. 😀

      • @John-I think Kiddo was just kidding. “Kiddo-ing”, if you will.

        If I saw Shields walking around my neighborhood I would ask for a high-five from her. Because she’s awesome.

      • John says:

        Thanks for the clarification, Kitten.
        Sorry, Kiddo, I jumped the wrong way there.

        And when I reread it, I laughed out loud. 😛

      • Kiddo says:

        @John, Meh, no worries, I actually missed all the drama by shirking my CB work and doing genuine paid work instead. For slugs like me, who still have TV, it’s a too often run ridiculous commercial that Shields does for La-Z-boy. Her neighbor is always looking thru her window at her furniture thru binoculars. Because, you know, La-Z-boy furniture gawking is a new fetish. It’s never funny if you have to explain the joke, but I realize I’m probably one of the last people held hostage by commercials.

        Anyway, If a carry a chip on my shoulder, can it at least be dark chocolate? 🙂

        Thanks @O’Kitten, here’s a mimosa on me with a vaporub chaser!

    • Kenny Boy says:

      Exactly. I’m about 6 feet and built big – 10 pounds is noticeable, but only if I’m really looking for it. If I’m not weighing myself I can easily gain 30 lbs before I actually notice it.

      • Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

        Thank you for saying that. I was starting to think I was crazy for being that way. I’m 5’9” and I can gain or lose 10 lbs and just find my clothes uncomfortable. I put on 20 this winter and it only really registered with me when I realized I my pants actually were too small–though I could still do them up. So this didnt strike me as much at all.

    • Lauren-Canadian says:

      Sturdy & scary. Brooke is morphing into her mum-Terry. My mum was gorgeous up until 45. Then she began morphing into a cute Smurf. I turn 46 in 3 months. Just waiting for the genetic Smurfinization to take over. Gotta go. My sex life could expire in 90 days or less.

      • mayamae says:

        I think Brooke will age much better than her mother. Teri was a raging alcoholic for decades.

      • cornelius says:

        Omg, that smurf comment made me laugh out loud. That’s exactly how I would describe my mom….and me in a couple of years.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I have always had a soft spot for Brooke and I think that she looks great either way. Also, it looks like she is laying off the tox along with the additional pounds and it really gives her face a youthful look.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Agree, she looks great. I can sympathize about the knee injury, too. I developed runner’s knee in December 2011 and it’s never been the same.

  5. BooBooLaRue says:

    She looks healthy and just like a woman of her age should look – fine. But please lay off the red lippie, just TOO MUCH!

  6. Luca26 says:

    I think she’s a rare example of a kid star in Hollywood who came out the other side really grounded despite being put in inappropriate situations (Pretty Baby) and peaking in her teens. Good for her and yeah I might actually watch The View if she was on it.

    • Meredith says:

      Brooke actually has a real college degree (Princeton?), so I think she must be pretty smart in real life. And I think she would sound great on The View.

      • doofus says:

        yes, it was Princeton. I used to see her every now and then in town when she was a student.

        and while she IS smart, I don’t know whether or not she would have gotten in if she weren’t Brooke Shields. I have first hand knowledge of admissions “bending the rules” for some folks to get in.

    • Santolina says:

      Yes, and she broke away from her controlling mommy manager to become her own person, do TV comedy, take a stand on PPD to help other women and basically avoid all the sad traps an ex-child star/model can fall into. Love her in the purple dress.

  7. SayWhat? says:

    She looks gorgeous in that eggplant dress. Not so much in the other dress.

  8. Anonny says:

    Totally agree that Brooke would have been better than Jenny, but I suppose that would still leave the dippy blonde spot open.

  9. Liz says:

    The View lost out on a great host. They desperately need her. Go Brooke!

  10. Ibaloo says:

    She looks very in shape and is beautiful in the purple Dress.

  11. Esmom says:

    I think she looks great and I believe that she doesn’t care about 10 pounds. She’s likely spent her entire life watching her weight very carefully — and she’s finally at the point where she doesn’t have to stress over every calorie eaten or burned. Granted it seems like an injury is what sidelined her but it must feel liberating to not have to give a crap. Love her!

  12. Bea says:

    That first picture is just awful – her eyes are just…shudder. And she kind of looks like Maria Shriver in that one too so….double shudder.

    Who cares if she gains 10 or 20 pounds? If she doesn’t then I don’t.

    Disclaimer: Nnot that I would care anyway cause my ass could stand to lose 20 pounds so who am I to judge? Unless it’s a celebrity that I don’t like then I become Judge Judgerson of the High Court of Judgers. Example: Leo DeFatSeeO.

  13. Cupcake says:

    Beautiful!! I would love to look that good at her age – not gonna happen!

  14. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    News outlets act like it’s a crime to age in this country.

  15. sienna says:

    What she needs to lose is that sparkly eyeshadow, not any weight.

  16. Macey says:

    I think she looks great and still looks fit even tho it says she’s not working out. I doubt you would even notice the 10 lbs if there wasn’t articles pointing it out. Im not quite as tall as her, 5’9 but you would never know if I gained 10, maybe 15 but depending on where the weight goes its not noticeable but my clothes might feel a bit snug.
    Kudos to her for taking care of her knee and not worrying about the superficial stuff.
    I’ve only recently had to deal with a bad knee and let me tell ya, it isnt fun. sucks not being able to do simple moves you used to do. I used to try and work out thru it but wasnt even able to do that after I awhile. I finally just let the workouts go for cpl weeks and just did some light walking and now my knee finally feels like its getting back to normal. May not be 100% but def. pays to stay off it or damage could be permanent.

  17. IvanaVodka says:

    Her ruddy complexion has me thinking menopause. Or booze. Or both.

    • badrockandroll says:

      “Room to Grow” was an evening red carpet on April 8th. It was about 40 degrees in New York that night. Of course her face was rosy!

  18. Hautie says:

    She has the prettiest daughters. And they both ended up with great hair… like Brooke. Just amazing glossy, thick looking hair.

  19. Sam says:

    10 whole pounds? Scandal! I can flucuate within that when I have my period and eat a big lunch. What options did she have other than to gain? If she had her knee operated on, she can’t exactly work out (I know people will say you can still move around, but frankly, it might not be that fun. She was almost guaranteed to weight slightly more. Frankly, if I recall right, Brooke is very tall. The difference on her is likely minimal, if any. Frankly, if she had gained 50 pounds, it is nobody’s GD business. I hope for the day when this would no longer be considered a story at all.

  20. DavidBowie says:

    It looks like she jacked with her face though.

  21. Ramona Q. says:

    Her face looks cherubic and younger. I wish more women in Hollywood would gain 10 pounds to look younger instead of fill their faces with chemicals.

  22. HoustonGrl says:

    I gained quite a bit of weight when I sprained my ankle, not just from the lack of exercise but also from the lack of movement in general (i.e. avoiding walking at all cost). That said, 10 pounds does not a “packing” make! She looks amazing in that purple dress.
    Every major phase of life (for me hitting 20, then 30), the metabolism throws you a few cruel tricks. I gain weight much more easily now and it takes longer to lose. However, it has made me more relaxed about it!

  23. I was not prepared to believe the claim that she doesn’t care about a 10 pound weight gain over such a short time period, until I saw the photos. She is radiant. And still a healthy weight from where I’m sitting. I too am 5’11”, and it is easier to hide or not miss an amount like 10 pounds or less….you can do so without even noticing. In the last few years, I lost ten and didn’t even realise until I busted one of my cocktail dresses out for an event and it sort of hung there. Panic stations.

    No, she looks beautiful and authentic.

  24. Maggie says:

    She looks her age despite having a forhead full of botox.

  25. Laura says:

    I have always thought that Brooke Shields is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She is also one of the most private — no freaky reality show, over sharing of her life or tales of bad behaviour. She is a classy lady and has been able to maintain a level head, despite her early stardom and issues with her alcoholic mother.
    I hope to look as normal (yet attractive) as she does when I am her age!

  26. LAK says:

    Meh! She’s big boned. She can take the extra weight, but she needs to put down the botox needle….her eye is wonky from all the botox!!!

  27. MrsBPitt says:

    I’m so jealous of all you tall ladies…I’m 5’1″ and five extra pounds shows on me…

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Same here. Reading up and down these comments has made me envious of the “heightened ones” :). When I gain five pounds I know it is noticeable to me and at ten pounds it is noticeable to everyone.

  28. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Too much botox, but she still looks good. She always looked good, not like those anorexic models/actresses we see so much of nowdays.

  29. Sally says:

    It’s mainly because she’s so tall I think. I don’t buy anyone being “big boned”. I’ve never seen a fat skeleton. Have you?

  30. Skye says:

    If Brooke doesn’t care, why do I? Why do you? Fail.

  31. Montréalise says:

    Even if she had gained 20 pounds or more – she she has the right attitude. She has a knee injury and can’t work out, so she gained weight – it happens, and getting upset about it is counterproductive. I’ve known people who got injured and yet still kept on exercising because they were so scared they’d gain weight, and they just ended up worsening their injury, which meant an even longer time away from the gym. I love Brooke Shields and I love her attitude – if you get sick or injured and can’t exercise, just concentrate on getting well again and don’t let any weight gain bother you.

  32. Mona says:

    Did you see her droopy eye in the first picture? I smell Botox side effects…

  33. WillowDreamer says:

    That first picture of Brooke reminds me of Princess Stephanie from Monaco.

  34. DrM says:

    Love the face or fanny comment John – I work out, lift weights but will stay a toned size 14. I have not a single wrinkle at 48 and I aim to keep it that way for as long as possible 🙂