Gisele Bundchen prefers to be called ‘bonus mom’ by her stepson

Gisele Bundchen dislikes it when people refer to her as a “stepmom”.The Brazilian supermodel’s husband, Tom Brady, shares a son named John with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.But in a series of videos posted during a Q&A on her Instagram Stories, Gis…

Gisele Bundchen dislikes it when people refer to her as a “stepmom”.

The Brazilian supermodel’s husband, Tom Brady, shares a son named John with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.

But in a series of videos posted during a Q&A on her Instagram Stories, Gisele opened up about her blended family, and when asked by one follower how it feels “being a stepmom”, she confessed that she doesn’t like using that term to describe her relationship with the 12-year-old.

“I don’t like the word ‘stepmom,'” Gisele explained. “I like the word ‘bonus mom’ because I feel like it’s a blessing in my life. I feel so lucky that I got to have an extra wonderful little angel in my life.”

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel wed the New England Patriots quarterback in 2009, and the couple is also parents to son Benjamin, 10, and seven-year-old daughter Vivian.

Gisele insisted there was no “secret recipe” to juggling her busy workload and her family, but revealed that she simply tries to be present with her children as much as she can.

“I think we just try our best to be present with the kids when we are with the kids,” she shared. “I think it’s not so much (about) the amount of time. I think it’s the quality of time.”

The 39-year-old added that neither she nor Tom raise their voices to their three kids, and instead lavish them with cuddles and kisses.

“I think what’s really important as well, is the energy that is around the children,” Gisele stated. “I think they really see how much we love each other and how much we support each other.”

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Bridget Moynahan treasures motorcycle boots bought at height of Tom Brady drama

Actress Bridget Moynahan treasures a pair of motorcycle boots she bought following her split from American footballer Tom Brady because it represented taking back control of her life amid the paparazzi nightmare. The Blue Bloods star dated the top qua…

Actress Bridget Moynahan treasures a pair of motorcycle boots she bought following her split from American footballer Tom Brady because it represented taking back control of her life amid the paparazzi nightmare.

The Blue Bloods star dated the top quarterback for two years until December, 2006, and two months later, it was revealed that she was pregnant – and Brady, who had already moved on with his now-wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, was the child’s father.

The bombshell news turned Bridget into a paparazzi target, and during one shopping trip at the height of the relationship drama, she found a little comfort in a fashionable new purchase – and she’s kept them ever since.

Bridget has shared the history of the boots in her new book, Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes, in which she and a number of other top female professionals reveal all about their most beloved piece of footwear.

“I did buy a pair of motorcycle boots that I found in Los Angeles during a very crazy time that I was being kind of hounded by the paparazzi…,” she recalled on TV show Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“I was just feeling very assaulted, and when I got into the store, I saw these boots that just resonated with me from my time on the East Coast and who I used to be before this whole thing (baby drama) happened,” she added. “I bought them, put them on, and decided to take a little bit of my life back in that moment.

“I’ve had them on for 12 years now. They’re kinda comfort food for my feet.”

The actress came up with the idea for the new book while clearing out her New York City storage unit, which had been stuffed full of old shoes she was planning to donate.

“I kept pulling them out of that pile and saying, ‘But I love these, I can’t get rid of these,’ and I didn’t know why because I was never wearing them, and it came down to memories…,” she shared.

“So I thought, ‘I’ll photograph them so at least I can look at them later and not be paying for the storage unit’. And then I talked to my friend, Amanda Benchley, who I did the book with, and we thought, ‘Maybe other women have the same (experience)’.”

Among the noted women interviewed for Our Shoes, Our Selves was late U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush, who opened up about her collection of Keds, the popular casual canvas sneakers with rubber soles.

“Barbara Bush did this wonderful story on these Keds shoes,” Bridget said. “She just loved Keds shoes, and people would send her Keds shoes from all over the world and sometimes paint on them and everything.

“It was just a special thing for me to have her in the book, and for her to do that story, because I went there once, to visit her (in Texas) and I lost my luggage, so I had to borrow things, and Barbara gave me some Keds shoes to wear. It was just very sweet; she’s such a beautiful woman.”

Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes is released on 9 April (19).

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Gisele Bundchen got her first taste of modelling thanks to her bad posture

Gisele Bundchen’s first experience of modelling was a course her mother sent her on to correct her terrible posture.The Brazilian supermodel opened up about her early years as part of the Wall Street Journal’s weekly House Call feature, in which she re…

Gisele Bundchen’s first experience of modelling was a course her mother sent her on to correct her terrible posture.

The Brazilian supermodel opened up about her early years as part of the Wall Street Journal’s weekly House Call feature, in which she reflected on her childhood and current domestic life. Though now considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, Gisele is adamant that she never prioritised her looks as a youngster and was more interested in playing sports. But at 5 ft 9 by the time she reached her teens, she was a foot taller than her peers and was bullied as a result.

“When I was 13, my mother worried about my posture. I was being teased at school about my height, so I was hunching over,” the 38-year-old recalled. “My mum wanted me to be confident. She enrolled me, Pati and Gabi (her sisters) in a local modelling course. At the end of the course in 1994, the 50 girls in the class, along with five mothers including my mum, took a long bus trip to visit Curitiba, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It was a reward.”

It was in Sao Paulo that Gisele was discovered by Elite Model Management and persuaded to take part in her first modelling competition.

Having enjoyed an immensely successful fashion career, the Brazilian star has since taken a step back from modelling and now prioritises spending time with her family – sports star husband Tom Brady, nine-year-old son Benjamin and six-year-old daughter Vivian, as well as her 11-year-old stepson John whom Tom shares with his ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.

“I’m still my mother’s child,” Gisele insisted. “Even though we have help at home, my children have chores. I’m teaching them that things don’t just happen. They have to make their beds and fold their clothes. I tell them, ‘Clothes don’t have legs.'”

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