When daddy has a new wife, things can sometimes get a little tense. In the best of circumstances, the new stepmother will be a positive addition to the family, loving her husband's child while respecting the child's biological mother. It seems that new bride Gisele Bundchen is getting that only half right.
Bundchen began dating New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady right about the time he discovered his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant. While I am sure that made for some awkward conversations on those first few dates, it seems to have worked out just fine. Moynahan gave birth to John Edward Thomas (Jack) in August of 2007 and is happily raising him as a single mother. Brady and Bundchen were married this past February and from all appearances are blissfully in love.
But hold off on the happily ever after. Whether or not she intended to, Bundchen has stirred up a debate on appropriate stepmother behaviour with comments she made in a new Vanity Fair interview. Over at Cafe Mom, many readers are disgusted by Bundchen's declaration that since the day he was born, little Jack was "100 percent hers.""It's not like because somebody else delivered him, that he's not my child," she says. "I want him to have a great relationship with his mum, because that's important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he's my son. He's my little angel -- the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby."
Whoa, back up there lady! While it is great that you love this boy like your own, this child has a mother who would probably disagree that her son is "100 percent" yours. Moynahan hasn't actually responded to the Vanity Fair article, but an anonymous friend has: "If Gisele loved Bridget's child like he was '100 percent her own,' then she would not talk about him in the press," the unnamed friend says. "Discretion and respect are not either of Gisele or Tom's virtues, as evidenced even when the child was unborn and they publicly flaunted their relationship without any discretion whatsoever." The friend goes on to predict that some day Jack will read Bundchen's comments and find them disrespectful to his mother.
Do you think Bundchen was out of line with her comments? Is she overstepping her role as a stepmother or are we reading too much into her words?
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