In her newly published memoir, Lessons, Gisele Bundchen details how two months into dating, she found out Tom Brady had impregnated his ex.
The model has dedicated the book to her three kids: Jack Moynhan, 11, Benjamin Brady, 8, and Vivian Brady, 5. She wrote to them:
“Thank you for your love, for being the light of my life, for being the most incredible teachers and allowing me to travel on new roads, discovering deeper meanings and purpose. You are my inspiration every day to do all I can to make the world a better place.”
In the chapter Know Thyself of the Memoir, she recounts her shock when not long after she started dating Brady, she found out he had impregnated his ex, Bridget Monyhan. She said that she met Brady on a blind date in December 2006.
“I learned quickly that he was a warrior in his sport, pro football. What surprised me, and what I fell most in live with over time was his kindness, gentleness, his sweetness. Tom was and is a solid character. He was as close to his parents and sisters as I am to mine, and I could tell he was very loving and had strong family values. It took me no time to realize he would be a good family man.”
Both of them told each other of the goals they had for their careers, and Bundchen recalls thinking that it was a good match that both of them were so career-oriented. She wrote:
“The very next day the news was everywhere, and I felt my world had been turned upside down. Needless to say, that wasn’t an easy time. But it was a time that brought about so much growth.”
The child was Jack Monyhan, and Bundchen said that his arrival in August 2007 made “my heart expand in ways I didn’t know was possible.” She now calls Jack her bonus child.
She said that with the passage of time, she gained a lot of perspective about Jack’s value and presence in their lives, writing:
“I credit Jack with accelerating Tom’s and my growing up in so many ways. The two of us agreed that Jack should have siblings closer to his own age, and not 10 years younger. With Jack in our lives, our priorities definitely started to shift. I wanted to be there for Jack and Tom, and do whatever I could to create stability in their lives, and help them to have a close relationship.”
“Tom, especially, needed my support during that time, and whenever I’m in a position to be of help to anyone, especially someone I love, I will be there…We decided to start our family sooner rather than later. A couple of years later, we were married, I became pregnant, and soon we were busy growing our family between New England and Los Angeles.”
The family eventually became bicoastal so they could spend more time with Jack as well, but the constant moves coupled with Bundchen’s own pregnancy had the family settling in Boston.
Bundchen wrote, “A new marriage, a new baby, a new life in New England—it was a big transition for me. I didn’t know anyone in Boston, and living there made it harder for me to do my work, but I was in love with Tom and I wanted to make our marriage work. So what I’d worked so hard to achieve, the thing I’d done since the age of 14, had to take a backseat.”
Bundchen also said that while the transition had not been easy, she and Brady had had many discussions about how they wanted their relationship to progress. She said she had always known that she wanted interdependence rather than dependence for her relationship with her partner, adding:
“I had always dreamed of having a family, and when that dream came true, my children naturally became my priority.”
Gisele’s memoir, My Path to a Meaningful Life, is available now.