Bridget Moynahan shared a sentimental and somewhat bittersweet Instagram post to mark Father’s Day this year. The “Blue Bloods” star said that she’s happy her son is able to celebrate with his father, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. But she’s missing her own father, as well.
Moynahan is the daughter of Edward Bradley Moynahan, a former chemist and administrator at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Mary Bridget Moynahan, a former school teacher. Her father died in 2018, two weeks shy of his 80th birthday.
“Missing my pops today,” Moynahan posted. “Happy my boy is celebrating with his dad today and thankful to spend Father’s Day with my husband and his boys. Lots of love going around and grateful for it all #happyfathersday.”
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Wrestles With Vulnerability, Onscreen and Off
It can’t be easy for Moynahan to open up on social media like that. She’s had to be tough through the tabloid onslaught that followed her breakup with Brady, which happened around the time she discovered she was pregnant with her son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan (nicknamed Jack).
But Moynahan has learned through “Blue Bloods” to appreciate vulnerability, in her own nature and in others. In a 2019 interview with CBS’s Watch! magazine, she said she struggled with her character Erin’s vulnerability, and that as an audience member, she had come to appreciate vulnerability in other actors’ performances.
“The show feels like family now,” Moynahan said. “I’m sure Erin is evolving, but I’m not sure whether it’s because her character has grown or the writers have given her situations and people she hasn’t dealt with before. This season she’s had to deal with the governor and with her father the police commissioner directly, with no buffer. And this season it was really emotional because when we came back, Danny had lost his wife in a helicopter crash. It was really emotional for me trying not to be emotional.”
“You don’t know how to act around someone who has lost their spouse,” she added. “There’s a level of vulnerability in some of the performances I see that I am appreciating more and more. Vulnerability has a stigma of being weak, but it’s so inspiring.”
Moynahan Was ‘Heartbroken’ by Brady Breakup
Moynahan found out she was having Jack after she and Brady had already broken up. He promptly moved on to model Gisele Bundchen. And Moynahan told Harper’s Bazaar in 2008 that she cried a lot over being a single mother.
“Going through that traumatic time of being heartbroken and then being pregnant turned my whole life upside down and inside out and just knocked the wind out of me,” Moynahan said. “But I got so much out of that.”
Moynahan eventually married Andrew Frankel, a businessman who is co-president of a Wall Street brokerage. They met through a mutual friend.