Bridget Moynahan on Getting Over the Bad StuffEmma Brady
The beautiful Ramona & Beezus star is featured on this month’s issue of Self magazine talking about her life outside of the tabloid raising her 2 1/2-year-old son Jack.
In the interview, Bridget sets the record straight on being a mom and learning how to co-parent with her ex and his new wife Gisele Bundchen.
“Being a mom, whether single or not, is not easy! Certain individuals and the press present motherhood as if it’s easy or painless, and that’s irresponsible,” she says. “Girls see pictures in magazines of mothers with fancy baby bags and think it looks glamorous, and that’s not necessarily the case.”
Hmmmm……. any thoughts on whether those “certain individuals” include supermodel Bundchen who recently described her at-home tub birth….
“I’m not complaining about anything in my life – it’s fantastic. My son is so well adjusted. He has two parents who live in different homes, and that’s what he knows. Having a child didn’t hold me back from a career or a love life or traveling; it has enhanced my life.”
Moynahan became an instant tabloid star after Brady famously ended their relationship weeks before she announced she was expecting their child. He turned up weeks later strolling in Paris arm-and-arm with supermodel Gisele. Rather than take her case to the pages of the weekly magazines, Bridget opted to take the high road and stay mum on the subject.
“No matter what’s been thrown at me in the past couple of years, I try to find the positive. There are a thousand magazines that like the negative. It’s easy to b***h and to listen to your people b***h, so if someone going through a divorce asks me for advice, I say, ‘All the he said / she said stuff doesn’t’ matter. And your kids will pick up on that energy. Keep your kids the focus.’ My drama isn’t any different from anybody else’s, except people get to see it.”
It’s with Jack that she’s finding her happiness, but she has learned to keep the balance for herself with some help.
“Some women lose themselves in being a mom. So much energy is going to your child, you don’t have time for things,” she says. “I’m fortunate to have a nanny, so you to the gym has been a way I’ve been able to take car of myself from the beginning. I’m in the same shape now I was prior to having a baby. I mean, there are little scars, battle wounds from giving birth, for sure, but I’m back to my fighting weight.”
Don’t expect to see many photos of this single mom out on Robertson shopping with her son, that’s one part of Hollywood that she chooses to shy away from for his sake.
“The paparazzi are intrusive, offensive and aggressive. It’s not something that I respect or, quite frankly, deserve. I don’t search it out. I lead a quiet life. I don’t go out as much as I’d like because I don’t want my son to be involved in that. We do things privately, like reading Dr. Seuss, playing games and listening to music. That’s why you haven’t seen many photos of us. I don’t need to parade him around. I want to raise him with a strong sense of self and integrity. He’ll learn from his mistakes. I’m not a believer in encouraging bad behavior or sweeping it under the rug. It better be out on the table.”
Photo: Self Magazine