Freedom

Brad explains why he wanted to reveal his past struggles in his book.

I got sober when I was 23 years old. It's a part of my life that I am very proud of. I never thought that I would speak about it on a public level, but while we were filming the show, I was also writing my book, ‘Born to be Brad.’ The book is part memoir and part style guide, and while I was writing it with my co-author, Mickey Rapkin, I struggled with whether I should discuss my past with drug and alcohol abuse or if I should just keep it to myself. I discovered that there was no way I could leave it out, because my experience of getting sober has really made me who I am today. When I watched this week’s episode, I cried when that part came up, because I felt such relief and freedom. Freedom from my past and freedom to go ahead with the future. I am so incredibly grateful to the people who have helped me along the way and still do help me.

My mom has really been through a lot with me, so I wanted to make Mother's Day really special for her. I always used to style my mom (without really knowing what styling was) when I was a kid, so to be able to take her shopping and give her a new look was fun. I wanted to her to feel great for the big day -- the meeting of the families. I still do think it is weird that after ten years our families had not met, but it was well worth the wait. I am very close with Gary's family. They have welcomed me into their family with open arms. I feel as if I am their adopted son. I do not take this for granted, because I know that there are a lot of gay and lesbian couples whose families are not as accepting of them, so for me, this is something to be celebrated.

Felicia is an amazing cook! All of her dishes are flawless and are favorites across her entire family. You must, must, must tell the cook, especially if they are Italian, that the dinner was delicious. When I saw that dinner had passed and my mom and sister had not said anything, I thought we might be heading for trouble, so I wanted to give her a heads up. I am glad I did, because it ended up being an extra push for my mom to engage with Felicia. My mom is shy and quiet, so I thought I would help her with that. The day was a huge success and my mom and Felicia talk all the time now. It’s what I had always hoped for!

What can I say about Lindsay? I felt so bad for her on the first day of work. She was a horrible driver, didn’t’ know her way around LA, and couldn’t find my house. When she eventually did find it (one and a half hours late), I was so happy to see her. As soon as we sat down together to go over the schedule and figure out what the next steps were, I really felt like I was in business, and I knew I had made the right decision in hiring her. I haven’t looked back since.

Sheer Terror with Coco Rocha

Brad dishes on his minor panic attack during Coco's fitting.

Let me start off by saying I love my new house so much! We have now been living in it for almost six months, and every day I pinch myself to see if it is real. I have been busy decorating with the help of our friend and interior designer, Sal Messina. The house is really starting to take shape and we are so happy here! Penelope especially!



I have been a big fan of Coco Rocha’s for many, many years. I have seen her walk in runway shows, pose like no other in photo shoots, and naturally follow her every move on Twitter and Instagram. When I got the call the she needed some help selecting her look for the premiere of her TV show The Face, I pretty much jumped up and down. I wanted her to have THE best choices to choose from, and I kid you not, when we were pulling we couldn't believe how many things were sheer, but we thought that would be right up Coco's alley. Boy was I wrong! I usually have a good gauge for what people are going to love, so when she said she didn't wear anything sheer, I almost passed out. One thing I have learned in this industry is that you cannot be part of the problem, you have to be part of the solution. So I presented all of the options that I thought were the strongest and went from there. We ended up finding options not only for her premiere, but also for press appearances.She stunned on the night of the premiere! It was a really amazing red carpet moment! Not to mention I have been doing A, E, I, O, U since we filmed in November, and it has changed my life! It was an absolute honor working with Coco. I adore her!


As if that wasn't enough excitement for this gay Canadian boy, I got a call from Noot Seear who is also Canadian, also a top model, and also an actress. She has launched an amazing line of headphones called FRENDS! They are fashion meeting function at its finest! She wanted the shoot to look high fashion, but also look like her, so it was a fine balance to match all of those things together. I wanted to show different styles to reflect the different types of women who would be wearing the headphones, so we had the bohemian girl, the indie girl, glamour girl, rocker girl, and girlie girl. It’s so fun to work with new clients and see their reaction to what you have pulled for them and want to see them in. Noot was so incredibly happy with the job we did, and the shots turned out AMAZING! It was a pleasure working with her and I wish her tons of success with her headphones!So much Canadian love! Can you handle it?

On next week’s episode of Brad World, we go to Dubai! It's NEXT LEVEL!

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