Brooklyn Decker: ‘Children sucked the life out of me and left a bag of bones’

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I’m mainly reporting this story because of the quote I put in the title, which is clever and to-the-point. Brooklyn Decker should be a writer. Brooklyn, 31, has been married to former tennis star Andy Roddick since 2009 and they have two kids together, a three and a half year-old son, Hank, and a 14-month-old daughter, Stevie. Someone on Twitter called Brooklyn too skinny. The original tweet has been deleted but I saw it, they tagged her and People reports that they wrote they were “confused” because Brooklyn “looked so good” in Just Go With It, which came out in 2011, but now “looks gangly.” Instead of telling the person to mind their own business, Brooklyn explained that her kids have taken all her body fat. She also commiserated with other women who said they too lost their boobs after nursing.

I like how Brooklyn didn’t get offended and just started a conversation with other women. I didn’t lose weight after I had a baby, I gained it due to stress eating. It wasn’t until later that I was able to focus on myself and lose it again. However I can definitely relate to losing my boobs. I did have much to start with but mine deflated significantly after nursing. Also the side that I mostly nursed on ended up bigger than the other. (I don’t want surgery but I wouldn’t mind getting those fat injections that make you look fuller and perkier without implants, but I digress.)

Also I think I need to start watching Lip Sync Battle, which Brooklyn was on recently with her husband. (I also need to watch The Masked Singer, which is only tangentially related.I feel like I’m missing out somehow because everyone is talking about those shows.)

Here’s Andy Roddick doing Finesse by Bruno Mars with Serena Williams, I love it!

Here’s Brooklyn and Serena doing Beyonce’s Sorry. Apparently Brooklyn did Cypress Hill too. I need to tape this.

Brooklyn and Andy’s home was in Architectural Digest. I don’t know if this is the same place, but People had a photo feature with their home in Austin too.

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  1. Debby says:

    Brooklyn is smart to not get offended because it will get you nowhere with people who make these types of comments. She has a sense of humor about it and moves on.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Probably because she doesn’t have time to get mad, she has to squeegee all those damn shower window panes to keep them crystal clear 3x/day. Which looks great for the picture but is a terrible choice for maintenance.

      • BeanieBean says:

        That was my thought, too! I thought what a great bathroom! And then saw those panes. Yeesh! A man designed that, you know! Had to be someone who doesn’t have to do the housecleaning.

      • JennyJenny says:

        @Yup, Me ~ Thank you for that good laugh you just gave me!

        I have a small glass shower that I hate having to squeegee; that one would take forever! But they probably have a full-time squeegee assistant on staff.

      • Murphy says:

        lol. Yeah you are so right. they will never stay that way for long.

      • Alyse says:

        Lol if I could afford that bathroom, I wouldn’t be doing the cleaning anyway

  2. Shrute’s beet farm says:

    Some people have no sense of decency.

    • Quietus says:

      +1 Brooklyn seems super down to earth and handles this stuff like a pro though. Enjoy hearing her no-BS comments from time to time.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    She is great in Grace and Frankie – and why do strangers feel welcome to point out someone’s body “flaws” to them? Women’s bodies are way too closely policed, leave us alone.

    • Lizzie says:

      she is great in grace and frankie. she is a very good actress. you’d have to be to hold your own with that crew.

    • Hotsauceinmybag says:

      I agree, I love her in Grace and Frankie too!

    • lucy2 says:

      I like her on G&F too! But I really love Brianna.

      It is ridiculous that people felt the need to comment on her body. She handled it well, but geez.

    • Nikki says:

      I just started watching Grace and Frankie, and am enjoying it, and Brooklyn is so funny and endearing on that show. Agree 100% about how askew our society is when people think they have the right to criticize a woman’s body like this.

  4. Eliza says:

    I’m still nursing and I’m anxiously awaiting the decrease. They’re huge and nothing I wear fits and I have no idea how to dress; i just feel bulky. But I’m sure it’ll be a grass is greener situation and I’ll miss them when they’re gone.

    I lost my pregnancy weight, but i look so much bigger. I may not be skinny, but i relate to the sucking the life out of you remarks (i have little energy) and relate to her wondering if this is your new normal.

    • StartupSpouse says:

      Same. I went from a 34B to 36C while nursing down to 32A now. And my waist got bigger. And my energy plunged. It’s my new normal. I was upset about it at first, but then someone told me that I would look back and long for these years. At the time I thought, “GTFO!” But I think it’s true – they are growing so fast. So I am trying not to sweat the small stuff and focus on what’s important. (Sometimes easier said than done when I have to get dressed!)

      • Eliza says:

        I went from a 34D to 34DDD. They’re ridiculous but not even high so they just look bulky. If I went to a C I would be happy. But if B or lower Id probably be sad.

        I’m worried about the gain when i stop too. I eat a lot without putting any weight on. But my pilates instructor told me I’d finally lose the fluid in my belly when i stop, because the body holds it there during nursing. So i guess i just need to be mindful during the weaning process.

    • Lizzie says:

      i sincerely am not trying to scare you – but when you stop nursing – pay attention to your whole body! i lost my baby weight + 10lbs while i was nursing and within two months of stopping i gained 20lbs back. i had been happily watching my boobs finally deflate and didn’t realize the rest of my body exploded. of course that does not happen to everyone but my doctor said it is common b/c your hormones go crazy and you are used to eating so many more calories and you don’t even realize how much you have to cut back once you stop nursing. but it has been very hard to lose, especially since before baby i carried all my weight in my hips/butt and after baby i carry it in my arms/belly and i have no idea how to dress now.

      • greenleaf says:

        Everyone is different. I lost most of the baby weight really quickly but I didn’t lose the last ten pounds until after I stopped breastfeeding.I remember looking at myself in the shower a couple of days after I gave birth and sobbing because I thought there was no way my body was ever going back. I’m not 100% the same but in some ways I think I look and feel better than before kids, our bodies are amazing.

    • Clare says:

      Man, y’all create human life. How crazy is that!!!!! I hate that anyone would question how a freaking body LOOKS after it has literally created a living breathing PERSON.

      I don’t even know what my point is, other than F anyone who makes you feel anything but awesome.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Well said, Clare. I am not a mother, but the whole process is so amazing. These women’s bodies were the stuff from which an entire other human being was made! It’s just an incredible thing.

      • Clare says:

        @Tiffany – incredible but also flipping terrifying 😂 I’m in my thirties and my girlfriends are having babies – each time I’m like HOW did you do that?!?!

      • OriginalLala says:

        YES! I’m not a mother but holy moly, women’s bodies are amazing – we create LIFE! a tiny person grows inside of us – eff anyone who comments on post-partum bodies (or really any female body!)

  5. SM says:

    I can relate. I am small and I kept on losing weight while breastfeeding (a year and a half in total) and seems like there was nothing, not healthy eating, nothing could have helped it.

    • moco says:

      Me, too. My lowest adult weight was when my first was 6 months old, just before starting solids. I ate constantly but he just took it right out of me. I also lost weight at the end of pregnancy… my doctor would put it as “babies are efficient little parasites.”

  6. Ifeoma says:

    I think she’s the cofounder of Finery, an app for picking clothes to wear. She’s also friends with Chrissy Teigen so I love her by association. Lol

  7. Jennifer says:

    Lmaooooo @ “I don’t even know what to call them now” in reference to her boobs. Love her response.

  8. Clare says:

    Wait, I dont understand? Was Andy surprised Serena was there? Or was she meant to be in both his and Brooklyn’s songs? Someone explain this to me!

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      I thought he said he was surprised she was there for Brooklyn because she was dancing with him as well.

  9. Lindy says:

    I gain weight when I breastfeed because it’s the only time I’m my life when I get soooooo hungry. Like, hangry give me all the food now!

    I finally had to stop breastfeeding my 9 month old this month (it was too much with work and all I did all day was pump) so now I’m trying to get the weight off. Ugh.

    And my boobs after nursing two kids… I wish I could just accept them but they’re deflated. My least favorite body part.

    • Sarah B says:

      Hi! Mom of a nine month old too. I pumped and pumped and pumped (over 1000 hours) and I ate to accommodate that. Now that I’m not needing to eat so much because I’m not burning those calories, the habit is still there and it’s so hard to kick it.

  10. Slowsnow says:

    Happened to me. My boobs looked like two fried eggs. Big leap to now, 43 years old, probably pre-menopausal and my boobs are almost as big as when I breastfed.
    So I’d just say: wait. They’ll come back. (I also lost a bunch of weight with my first two. The other two, not so much.)

    She is great in Frankie and Grace!!

  11. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    She is really funny!

  12. Becks1 says:

    Huh. I had no idea she was married to Andy Roddick. This is why I keep coming back to CB – I learn something new every day!

    I love her on Grace and Frankie so I love her response to this, because it seems like something Mallory would say lol.

  13. Lala11_7 says:

    You lose full breasts..

    You lose teeth…

    You can lose…EVERYTHING…trying to bring children into this world…

    Sigh…

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Lala11_7,

      Teeth? What? How did that happen to you?????? Genuinely curious.

      I wish my boobs got smaller. I was a 34 C … now my youngest two are almost 18 and I’m a 36DD. I nursed all three, the first for over two years, the twins only about 4 months. Mine certainly don’t have a lot of volume now, but when propped up with an underwire, like my grandmother, they just keep getting bigger. ☹️

      • Dani says:

        Yes, teeth! I had my youngest 21 months ago and I’m still suffering with dental issues from pregnancy. I had two wisdom teeth pulled with local anesthetic. Nightmare.

      • Abby says:

        I got two cavities – one after each child. At 30 years old, they were my first ever cavities. The hygienist said the old wives tale is losing a tooth per kid. So weird.

    • FHMom says:

      Yes. I had a few root canals following my first pregnancy. I actually started a root canal when I was 5 months along with my third child. I was in so much pain I had to get it done. I don’t know if this is coincidental or not, but it always seemed to me there was a correlation between my teeth woes and my pregnancies.

      • Rosie says:

        No coincidence FHMom and in the UK mothers get free dental care during and for a period after pregnancy because of this.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      Them babies be taking ALL OF YOUR CALCIUM out of your system while you’re carrying them…so if you have a calcium deficiency…this could cause HUGE dental issues…or hip/back issues too…LAWD THE STORIES…

      • Juls says:

        YES LaLa! My first pregnancy sapped the calcium from me and caused a lot of dental damage. The second caused a domino -effect of back problems that has resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. But my boobs never deflated after breastfeeding each about 9 months, they are bigger than ever. So…..you win some, you lose some. It’s all worth it though. My kids bring me so much joy.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        I can see that… if your dietary intake is deficient… the only dental stuff I ever had happen after being a mom was crowns due to cracking ( due to nighttime jaw clenching- I’ve worn a night splint for about 15 years now, so I
        m good!).

        Aside of pregnancy symphysis pubis pain which still bothers me occasionally, I guess I was pretty lucky- but damn! My feet went from a B width to a D after carrying twins, lol. I always say (especially now with a bunion) that I now have Fred Flinstone feet.

  14. Happy_fat_mamma says:

    I am so sick of people thinking that pregnancy gives them some kind of renewed right to women’s bodies.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Amen. As soon as a woman gets pregnant, she becomes public property. Everyone has to give their opinion. Even if it’s done with the best of intentions, it’s still rude.

  15. Beth says:

    Ugh yes, I miss my boobs so much! Her bathroom sink gorgeous. I’m going to be daydreaming about that all day now.

  16. Esmom says:

    She seems sweet and funny. And I love their house! I can relate to feeling like a bag of bones. People talk about stress eating…but I tend to lose my appetite and am unable to eat the more stressed I get. I added strength training a couple days a week a few years ago and it’s helped me gain some definition. More importantly, when I feel stronger physically I feel stronger mentally.

  17. Coco says:

    My breasts went back to almost prebaby size after nursing my first for 11 months. Lost some of the perkiness but nothing super noticeable. (36C to 40DD back to 36C) Is there a major difference after having nursed a second? Asking for a friend (that friend is me, currently pregnant with #2).

    • Lady Keller says:

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but for me it was definitely the second one that ruined them. They were a wee bit saggy after number one but number two finished the job. Keep reminding yourself what it’s all about. Your kids will still love you even though your boobs are saggy.

      Good luck with your impending new arrival!

      • OriginalLala says:

        if it makes you feel any better, I have never had a kid but with my giant 36G/H boobs, they have gotten droopy since I hit my 30s *sigh* I guess gravity gets us all in the end!

        congrats on the pregnancy!

      • Juls says:

        And your partner will still love you too. Big, small, saggy, or nonexistent. Your partner will still find you just as sexy as the day you met.

    • Millenial says:

      So, same here. After the first, they went mostly back to normal, if a teensy bit saggier. I’m currently nursing #2 and I can already tell this is going to be the one that sends them to the floor.

  18. Hmmm says:

    Okay it’s good that she doesn’t seem offended but she definitely doesn’t sound like a happy person.

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      She never was. I remember she used to go on the Dan Patrick show all then time after he did a cameo in that movie with Adam Sandler that she was in, and she was nasty about everyone, especially anyone a little older than her. I remember being so disappointed that she was married to Andy Rodick because I really liked him at the time. I think karma finally caught up with her and gave her the face she deserves.

  19. Meg says:

    ‘I miss my boobs too, I don’t’ even know what to call them now.’
    ‘I haven’t had time to buy new bras so they’re like empty shells of their former life. A daily reminder of what was’

    LOL she does need to write a book! I would totally read it.

  20. The Voice says:

    I was skinny to begin with but became skinnier after giving birth. I had no boobs either (flat as a board, like a AAA) but I breastfed. Boobs didn’t look any different after I stopped breastfeeding. Now that I had #2 I think I lost even more weight. I’m stressed about the older kid’s tantrums affecting the baby’s sleep!! My boobs are like a AA now but the skin is stretched out so I bet I’ll have saggy flat boobs. Bag of bones I can definitely relate. People with 2 kids – did your second one turn out fine even if they’re constantly being woken up by a LOUD toddler?? Please say yes…

    • Juls says:

      Yes! #2 will be just fine. Babies/children are resilient and extremely adaptive. Number 2 may be more reserved and quiet. They also tend to be highly intelligent and highly creative. Perhaps because they spend a lot more time observing and listening while the first makes their presence constantly known. It’s almost impossible to give #2 the attention you gave #1, but it’s important to try. From my experience, they learn faster because they are learning not only from you, but from #1 also, and meet milestones easier because of it. This is true of my number 2. And my older sister always complained that things came easily to me academically whereas she always had to bust her butt.

      • The Voice says:

        Oh Juls, that’s so good to hear. I’m constantly worried about #2’s development. He’s only 3 months old. I’m a lot more relaxed about parenthood in general having been through it once but seeing the surprised (and scared) look on his face gets me worried. He’s studying her all the time so I have no doubt he’ll reach milestones sooner. I can’t wait until they can play together. Thanks for your encouraging reply. Much appreciated!

  21. Jamie says:

    I took a look at her Twitter timeline. That house is in North Carolina.
    And it’s gorgeous!

  22. BANANIE says:

    That woman was so rude and I don’t like the term “gangly.” I have friends that are thin and long-limbed who HATE being called gangly and I don’t blame them. People have different body types, lady!!

  23. Dizzy says:

    Hormones do cause teeth problems. I’ve never had a baby but when I went through puberty I suddenly got a lot of cavities. The dentist said it was hormones. It’s a know fact

  24. Sparker says:

    This literally happens, particularly with respect to calcium deficiency, back in the day women would lose their teeth over all the kids they had and wind up old toothless hags. But you know, I’d still do it anyways…

  25. mx says:

    I nursed 4 kids for 10 years total and my once perky boobs are now sad, deflated balloons. The rest of my stretch-marked body looks amazing, though!!

  26. Caroline says:

    It’s worse when menopause comes and they re-inflate in the least sexy way possible lol

  27. SecondisTheBest says:

    I feel like you have no idea what physically making a child will do to your body. Will you be re-arranged afterward, same weight but shaped differently? Will you be bigger? Will you be smaller? You have no idea. It just is what it is. Good for her for being honest and laughing about it. And its nice to hear that even someone famous doesn’t have time to bra shop, because unless I’m lugging two little kids to a lingerie store, I don’t either.

  28. Crystal says:

    I feel you Brooklyn!! I’ve always been very tall and thin- size 0/2 without effort. When I was nursing my kids I lost even more weight and was so thin- I hated it!! People always made comments to me too that were so obnoxious, making presumptions about my eating or exercise habits. If people could stop commenting on other peoples’ bodies that would be great! I also went from 34C pre children and after the second one… ribs and that’s about it. Like a prepubescent child.

  29. sammich says:

    Serena looks AMAZING in that video.

  30. claire says:

    Can totally relate to the “deflated balloons” analogy after nursing two kids. Although it seems pretty routine or at least common for celebs to resort to implants to fix the problem I hope she doesn’t venture down that path without doing her research. There’s been a lot of info put out lately about “breast implant illness” and many, many people with implants are heading to the plastic surgeon for explant surgery. Google “breast implant illness” if you’re interested. It’s also covered extensively on instagram #breastimplantillness.

    After reading some of these women’s stories I would never, ever put that stuff in my body – saggy boobs or not.

  31. Patty says:

    That pink suit and the hair cut really ages her. She looks way older than 31.