IT'S The Case of the Disappearing Twins.
A few years ago, superannuated supermodel Cheryl Tiegs couldn't stop talking about the miracle twins she "had" in 2000 at age 52 with the help of a surrogate mom. Amid the amazement over how a woman of such an age can still produce viable eggs, she gabbed to People magazine and Larry King and declared that she didn't "have to prove anything anymore. I can concentrate on my family now."
Now, however, little Jaden and Theo are a subject that is no longer discussed in public. The boys' biological father, Rod Stryker, reportedly got full custody when he divorced Tiegs in 2001. And according to a rep for the Sports Illustrated siren, she is now legally forbidden to ever talk about them.
The gag helped cause a glaring omission in the current issue of Traditional Home magazine, which did a photo spread on the groovy "mediation pavilion" the '70s fashion plate keeps in her posh Bel-Air mansion. The article calls Tiegs a "devoted mother to 13-year-old son Zack," her child by former husband Tony Peck. But nowhere, among the descriptions of her hideaway's waterfall and banana trees, does it mention Jaden and Theo, now 5.
When The Post's Todd Venezia asked why the twins were omitted, a spokeswoman for Tiegs told us that the model was "legally bound" to not discuss the children. Asked what kind of legal agreement would prevent a mother from talking about her children, the rep said, "By talking about this, I'm saying too much."
Traditional Home managing editor Michael Diver said the kids were left out because editors felt they weren't important to a story about a small room in a house. But Diver also said the writer was told by Tiegs' rep before the interview that the children were a verboten subject.
Tiegs probably doesn't want to be grilled about the "miracle" twins anymore, considering the flak she caught after their birth.
On the 2000 King show, one viewer challenged her, "There is a huge question as to whether she did use her own eggs" to conceive the children bore by the donor. When King asked the caller if she disbelieved Tiegs' claim to being the biological mother, the caller said, "Yes."
That forced Tiegs to defend herself, saying: "Well, it's not up to me really — whether people believe me or not."
I winder if Rod knocked up the surrogate mom and the "miracle twin" story was to cover up infidelity.