Tom Brady is one of the most successful quarterbacks of all time. He brought home his sixth Superbowl win in 2019 and continues to earn media attention for his skill and ability to inspire. Not only is Tom Brady a football superstar, but he’s also an awesome dad. However, it took some time for the Brady family to come together. Here’s the real story on Tom Brady’s first child, and how his family dynamic has evolved through the years.
Brady and Moynahan’s Split Causes Controversy
Tom Brady is currently married to Gisele Bündchen, and together they have two beautiful children. However, Tom Brady had a child with model and I, Robot actress Bridget Moynahan in 2007 before he and Gisele ever got married. Brady dated Moynahan from 2004 to December 2006. People were shocked when they split after two seemingly happy years until news broke out that he started dating Bündchen just a few weeks afterward. Bündchen and Brady seemed happy together until February 2007, when Moynahan announced her pregnancy to the press. She said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, “Going through that traumatic time of being heartbroken and then being pregnant turned my whole life upside down.” Brady’s new girlfriend was also surprised. Bündchen reportedly debated leaving Brady to encourage him to be with his ex. However, she knew that if it wasn’t going to work out the first time, adding a baby to the mix wouldn’t change things. The three of them powered through the first few months of shock, and in August 2007 they welcomed John Moynahan into the world.
Being A Single Parent Is Moynahan’s Biggest Challenge
Though Brady had Gisele to help him through the first few months of parenthood, Moynahan struggled as a single parent. Not only was she overwhelmed by the unplanned pregnancy, but she was worried she wouldn’t be able to do it alone. She said in another interview, “Everyone says, ‘You give birth, you go home, and you have this amazing baby and it’s just beautiful. And I walked in and I just started sobbing.” Mothers everywhere can relate to the overwhelming emotions that occur when you first bring your baby home. Moynahan admitted she struggled as a single mother in the beginning: “I’m a traditional girl, and I believe in marriage, and I just always thought that’s the way I’d be doing this. For a moment, it was hard for me to accept that this was the way I was going to have a family.” Though fans supported her tremendously, Moynahan stepped away from the limelight for several years to focus on parenthood and recover from the emotional rollercoaster she had just experienced.
What The Bradys and Moynahan Are Doing Now
Though the three may have struggled to co-parent in the beginning, Brady, Moynahan, and Bündchen managed to make it work. They never spoke ill of each other to the press and were always seen supporting each other through the struggles of raising a child. Brady and Bündchen eventually decided they didn’t want little John to grow up without brothers and sisters. In 2009, Bündchen gave birth to their son Benjamin. They had a daughter, Vivian, in 2012. As the Brady family grew, so did Moynahan’s. She married successful businessman Andrew Frankel in 2015 in a surprise wedding not even the family knew about. The couple invited their friends and family to a “harvest moon” celebration at a New York vineyard and surprised them with a wedding ceremony and reception instead. Now, all four parents get to share in the joys of raising John and his two step-siblings.
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