Getting through it. Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have been working hard to remain cordial — and put their kids first — after calling it quits in fall 2022.
The former New England Patriots quarterback and the supermodel initially sparked rumors there was trouble in paradise after Brady walked back his NFL retirement in March 2022. The TB12 Method author briefly left the sport in February 2022, but when he chose to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following month, the cracks in his relationship with Bündchen began to show.
“Gisele was not happy when Tom un-retired from the NFL after such a short time,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly in September 2022, revealing that the former couple were living in separate houses. “There is tension between them. They’re working through things and trying to come out the other side.”
Brady and Bündchen — who who tied the knot in February 2009 and share son Benjamin and daughter Vivian — confirmed their split and subsequent divorce in October 2022. (The 80 for Brady producer also shares son Jack with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.)
“In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage,” the University of Michigan alum wrote via Instagram at the time. “We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together.”
The Brazil native shared a similar message with her followers, adding: “The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we have grown apart and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always. I kindly ask that our privacy be respected during this sensitive time.”
As news of the twosome’s divorce made headlines, a source exclusively told Us that Brady and Bündchen “both decided to end their marriage” one month prior. “They both tried hard to save their marriage, but in the end it didn’t work out.”
The seven-time Super Bowl champion later gave fans a little more insight into his next steps and how he was handling the recent breakup.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of challenging situations on and off the field over 23 years, and a lot of it does play out in front of a lot of people,” he reflected during an October 2022 episode of his SiriusXM’s “Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray” podcast. “I think the interesting thing for a football player, or an athlete in general, is … I always say we’re not actors. Even though we’re on TV, you know, that is our real self out there. We’re trying to do our best.”
Brady added: “We all have our unique challenges in life. We’re all humans. We do the best we could do. I want to be a great father to my children and always try to do things the right way as well. And to deal with things in your life that have challenges, you wanna deal with them in the best possible way.”
After finishing out the 2022 football season, Brady announced in February 2023 that he was officially retiring from the NFL. Despite their split, a source exclusively told Us at the time that the Vogue cover star was a “real rock” for the athlete and that the exes “talked this through” before Brady made his decision public.
“Tom and Gisele are on cordial terms,” the insider said, noting, “He couldn’t have achieved a fraction of his success without his family, friends and supporters.”
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