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Brady welcomes baby boy

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and his former girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, welcomed a baby boy Wednesday.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and his former girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, welcomed a baby boy Wednesday. (Globe File Photo / Justine Hunt)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady became a father for the first time yesterday when his former girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, gave birth to a baby boy in Los Angeles.

Brady, whose relationship with Moynahan ended late last year, flew to the West Coast early Wednesday, but it's unclear if he arrived in time for the birth. Moynahan's publicist Christina Papadopoulos told the Globe Wednesday night that "mother and baby are doing well," but she didn't provide any other details, including the child's name, weight or when, precisely, the baby arrived.

Brady did not show up for practice Wednesday, and team officials wouldn't say why. But we're told No. 12 caught a ride on the Kraft family's private jet, leaving for LA in the morning from Hanscom Field. "Entertainment Tonight" reported last night that Brady, who told reporters this week he hoped to be present for the birth, had been spotted at a hospital in Santa Monica with flowers in hand.

Moynahan, who turns 37 next month, is a Massachusetts native and graduate of Longmeadow High School. She's best known professionally for her role in the film "I, Robot" and as Mr. Big's wife, Natasha, on HBO's "Sex and the City." She also starred on the ABC series "6 Degrees," and has a deal with the network to develop another project. Her next film, a comedy called "Noise," co-stars Tim Robbins and William Hurt, and is due out later this year.

Brady, who just turned 30, dated Moynahan for nearly three years. Often during the couple's courtship, Moynahan made it clear she'd like to have children. Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champ who grew up in northern California, was not so explicit about his interest in having a family.

In February, a few days after the New York Post first reported the pregnancy, Brady's agent, Don Yee, issued a statement saying his client was "excited" about becoming a dad. Since then, the star QB has been mostly mum on the subject, and Yee didn't return a phone call Wednesday.

Not long after the couple's break-up, which was announced in mid December, Brady began dating Gisele Bundchen, the world's richest supermodel and the former girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Since the end of football season, Brady and his Brazilian beauty have been photographed at fashion events in London, Milan, and Versailles. The two are also routinely snapped strolling hand-in-hand down the streets of New York, where both have plush apartments.

Bundchen, who celebrated her 27th birthday in July, recently told a British tabloid that she's looking forward to becoming the "stepmum" to Brady's baby. "If you love someone, you love everything that comes with him." She's even reported to have bought several gifts for the child, including items from Baby Dior, Burberry, and a Gucci bib.

Team officials Wednesday night had no comment on the birth, and said they didn't know when Brady might return. The Pats play their next exhibition game Friday in North Carolina against the Panthers.

"Tom talking about it or sharing an anecdote will be a lot more humanizing than us issuing a statement," said team spokesman Stacey James