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I guess we might as well weigh in on the HUGE SCANDAL involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's wife Giselle Bundchen (pictured). I mean, why pass up the opportunity to post a photo of two really good-looking people, right? As you almost certainly know by now, the HUGE SCANDAL is about what Bundchen said in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine. Brady fathered a child, John Edward who is 18 months old, with Bridget Moynahan, but dumped her and married Bundchen. Vanity Fair apparently asked Bundchen about her relationship with the boy. Warning: the following statement may be inappropriate for younger or more sensitive readers. Here is what Bundchen said: "It's not like because somebody else delivered him, that's not my child. I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he's my son, from the first day." For those of you who, like me, don't quite grasp the horror of those words, here's an article to explain it to you (Examiner, 4/3/09). In a nutshell, this is all about the Mommy Turf Wars between biological mom and stepmother. Note that nothing in the article indicates that Moynahan herself objects to Bundchen's statement, or to her love for little John Edward. "Her side," whoever that is, takes exception to Bundchen being photographed with the child. If "her side" actually represents Moynahan's viewpoint on the matter, then it looks suspiciously like she and Bundchen take somewhat different approaches to child raising. Can that possibly surprise anyone? More to the point is the claim that Bundchen "crossed a line" by saying what she did. What line? Well, that's unclear, but it seems to be the old familiar circle that mothers so often draw around themselves and their children - the one that doesn't allow anyone else inside, sometimes including the father. Moynahan's demand, if she made it, that the child not be photographed in public, suggests that to her, childrearing must be done only one way - her way. The other possibility is that Bundchen is trying to draw her own circle around herself and the boy. Maybe she's marking territory with John Edward as part of it. Who knows what's going on exactly? But one thing the two might consider is to just get along with each other. Is it the worst thing in the world for a child to have a stepmother who sincerely loves him? Is it possible to put his needs before the petty grievances of adults? I suppose we'll find out. For now, this "scandal" looks to be mostly in the minds of a few people with nothing better to do than microscopically examine the private lives of celebrities. What Moynahan herself thinks of the matter remains conspicuously absent from the article. But if she's as exclusionary as "her side" seems to think she is, then there's a storm brewing on the horizon between her and Bundchen. At the eye of the storm is an 18-month-old boy. Thanks to Martin for the heads-up.

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