Brooke Shields revealed in her latest book that her paternal grandfather paid her mother to have an abortion.
The book, There Was a Little Girl, is Shields’ second autobiographical work.
Shields writes that her grandfather “discreetly slid (my mother) an envelope and asked her to take care of the ‘situation.’”
She also writes that, upon discovering the pregnancy, her father “must have felt a sense of panic—and rightfully so. He wasn’t ready to be a father. He was just starting his life in business and was forced to travel a lot. He had less money than one would think, and he was still a baby himself.”
Shields writes that her father did not know how to handle the situation, but must have told his dad, who in turn confronted her mother.
The grandfather did meet with Shield’s mother and tried to convince her to terminate the pregnancy because it might get the father kicked off the Social Register.
Shields states: “Basically, it just wouldn’t look good for my dad to father a child with somebody from Newark.”
Shields’ mother took the cash from the grandfather but decided not to have an abortion.Instead, she went to a favorite antique store to buy a cherrywood oval coffee table.
She writes that her mother was “defiant as always” and “knew she wanted a baby and that was that.”
Shields writes that “that table would become a favorite standing stool for me as I grew up.I remember teething on it and loving to repeatedly fold the sides up and down. The table saved my life and helped me to stand.”
It’s no wonder that Shields said in an interview in 1991 that “Too many people use abortion as a form of birth control. And that’s very wrong. I could never, ever have an abortion.”
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