Brooke Shields drives away in tears after dropping daughter Rowan off at college

"This was the saddest drive away from anywhere I’ve ever had to make."

August 23, 2021, 10:58 AM

Brooke Shields opened up about one of the most bittersweet moments of her life: Dropping her eldest daughter off at college for the first time.

The "Blue Lagoon" star fully admitted to shedding her fair share of tears when revealing Saturday that her 18-year-old daughter, Rowan, has officially flown the nest.

"My unique and extraordinary baby girl spreading her wings. I love you so. We are so proud of you," Shields wrote in a sentimental Instagram post. "This was the saddest drive away from anywhere I’ve ever had to make. But my baby is BEGINNING one of the most important adventures of her life to date…NOW!"

Among the photos and videos shared by the 56-year-old actress were the family's tour of the college campus.

Other snaps showed Rowan's dorm room, decorated with motivational posters, a neon light of her first initial and a wall full of pictures of Rowan and her friends.

Shields is glowing with pride with each snap -- until the very last one. A video shows her crying in the passenger seat as she and husband Chris Henchy drive home.

The "Suddenly Susan" star got support from her famous friends in the comments, including actress Julianna Marguilies, supermodel Christie Brinkley, Ali Wentworth and more.

Shields, thankfully, has a few more years to go before she takes her youngest child, 15-year-old Grier, off to college.