Bridget Moynahan got over Tom Brady by buying a pair of motorcycle boots

Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady

Bridget Moynahan has co-written/co-edited a book called Our Shoes, Our Selves. It’s actually an essay anthology from famous women, women writers, etc. A portion of the sales goes to the charity Girls Inc. The connecting thread of all the essays is pairs of shoes, or when they just needed those shoes or how a pair of combat boots came into someone’s life at just the right time. For Bridget, it was a pair of motorcycle boots and they came when she was pregnant with her son Jack. Bridget and Tom Brady had dated for a few years, and they broke up and she was basically pregnant and alone and being stalked by paparazzi. People has some details from her essay:

Her own deeply personal essay calls back to her most vulnerable time. It was 2007, and Moynahan, then 36, was expecting a baby with her ex-boyfriend, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after he had already moved on with supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
The firestorm of controversy that ensued meant that the actress, then best known for roles in I, Robot, Coyote Ugly and Sex and the City, was suddenly a tabloid fixture.

“Being pregnant and having a baby are such personal, intimate moments,” she says. As she faced an unexpected life as a single mom to Jack, now 11, and navigated the relationship with Brady and Bündchen, Moynahan says the public scrutiny became too much.

“I would have cars following me, and men hiding in the bushes outside my house,” she says. “As a new mother, you want to just protect your child. That kind of attention felt like a threat.”

Then one day at Barneys — where she was hiding from photographers who had followed her while she returned baby clothes — she spotted a pair of motorcycle boots. “I thought, that’s what I need. Let me get a little bit of my ‘New York’ back, a little armor,” she says.

These days, Moynahan says she is grateful that she’s been able to give her son a safe and private life, along with her husband of three years, businessman Andrew Frankel. And she also feels lucky she and Brady have been able to co-parent successfully.

“Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child, but also loved our child as if he was their own,” she says. “I don’t think you can ask for more than that. My son is surrounded by love.”

[From People]

So she bought the boots after she gave birth? I would not want to wear motorcycle boots in that moment, but I understand that’s not the point of this. I was hoping for some fun gossip but this just makes me remember how awful it must have been for several years for Bridget – pregnant and alone, then raising Jack as a baby all while Jack’s father was going all-in with Gisele Bundchen. I mean, I doubt Bridget would want to change what happened, all things considered – she’s probably secretly grateful at this point that she didn’t end up with Tom. But still, that time must have been really depressing for her.


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  1. Soni76 says:

    It sounds silly but after my ex husband and I separated (my daughter was 3 and my son was 9 months old) I bought a pair of expensive knee high boots. I had never spent that kind of money on shoes before, but they made me feel powerful, sexy and strong and I knew I would get my mojo back one day. One of the best purchases I ever made!

  2. Audrey says:

    After my fiance and I broke up, I bought a $350 pair of black and white Kenzo oxfords online. They don’t really look good on me, nor are they that comfortable, but they represent moving to a new stage in my life. So I love them.

  3. Chica71 says:

    Her Met dresses are better than Giselle and Brady looked better. I think BM landed in a better place..

  4. whatWHAT? says:

    I know Giz is a SUPAHmodel and all, but I think Moynahan is SO MUCH prettier than her.

    I know, shallow…oh well.

  5. Nikki says:

    Y’all are SMART to process big life changes with boots or shoes. I usually turned to haircuts after big changes…some were regrettable!

  6. babsjohnson says:

    I can’t get over how thumb-y his skull looks. Gets me everytime.

  7. Originaltessa says:

    I wish Bridget could be asked a question about you know, something other than Tom Brady. What a terrible legacy… the jilted ex baby mama of a maga nerd who left you for a goopy model.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “maga nerd”

      *DEAD*. bravo.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      I know! She’s been married for three years. I’m sure she doesn’t define her life by her (unfortunately very public) breakup with Brady.

    • LK says:

      She WANTS to talk about it. She is selling her book. I think she defines her life by her breakup with him. And he didn’t leave her for a model. They were already broken up when he started dating her.

      • kosmos says:

        If you’re a well known model, dating a handsome football player, you break up, then find you’re pregnant, then it’s going to be remembered for all time. Seeing that Brady became even more popular via football and then married Giselle, cemented the fact that everyone would forever remember the son he and Bridget had together. It can’t be helped and it’s going to follow them forever. I’m really glad that Bridget is in her own happy relationship now, but for years, she probably had to deal with the fact that Brady & Giselle were a happy couple. That would have been tough.

  8. Jb says:

    It’s so tough to understand why things happen and how they really are for the better but it the moment it feels like your world is closing. Happy that she was able to find happiness and realizes she is so far better off.

  9. Mumbles says:

    Shortly after the birth of her son she posed for a photo with him on the cover of OK magazine. And then she did a really weird pedo photo shoot where she was in a baby room clutching a teddy bear. So much for her claims that she just wanted privacy at this time. I’d be curious just what portion of the proceeds are going to Girls Inc. after she gets her cut.

    • LK says:

      The authors plan on donating 5% of their author proceeds to the organization. What a joke. Hey, they wrote a boring, but at least they will donate 5% of their author proceeds to the organization. Good PR team.

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  10. Malificent says:

    I totally get this. I’ve never been “into” shoes. I have foot problems and had old lady feet even in my 20s — so finding a pair that fits and isn’t painful to wear is a battle.

    But every once in a while, the stars align correctly and I find a sassy pair of boots that I can actually wear. And it still makes me feel badass when I walk in the room.

  11. Usedtobe says:

    The purchase that came at just the right time for me was at the tail end of 2010, my mom was in hospice, not expected to make it, it was between Christmas and New Years and I got a $1000.00 bonus from work. In a matter of 10 minutes I bought a pair of $200+ Uggs and my first Coach purse. I’d never bought Uggs or Coach. I was more a Target kind of gal but I said f**k it and spent the money. Don’t regret it even one iota. Still have both although I wear the boots infrequently now and the purse is dated so it stays in its box but at the time I was grieving and I needed something. And it did the trick.

  12. Leda says:

    Really ?? all of them smashes her non existant boobs. The silver one looks like a screwed up estear egg wrap paper, her coned head on the black one is laughable.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yeah, both those dresses are not flattering on her at all

    • Pippin says:

      As a member of the slender frame with small titties club…I say good for her for rocking those dresses without feeling the need to add any push-up, padded bra or similar breast enhancements.