Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen announce divorce after 13 years

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have finalized their divorce, they announced Friday, ending a 13-year marriage between two superstars who respectively reached the pinnacles of fashion and football.

Brady and Bundchen posted statements on Instagram Friday morning, with each saying they had made their decision “amicably.”

The announcement came in the midst of Brady’s 23rd NFL season, and just months after the seven-time Super Bowl champion ended his short-lived retirement.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who has long expressed a desire to spend more time with Bundchen and their three children, announced his departure from the game in February, only to change his mind 40 days later.

“What else do you have to try?” Bundchen told her husband on the sidelines after his last record-setting Super Bowl victory, Brady himself recounted shortly after the win.

Although Brady initially said his retirement was an opportunity to focus his “time and energy on other things that require my attention,” part of his motivation for returning was what he called “unfinished business” with the Buccaneers. The team failed to reach the Super Bowl last season in its effort to repeat as champions.

Bundchen told “CBS This Morning” in 2017 that she was worried about her husband after he suffered a concussion the year before. Brady’s then-team, the New England Patriots, and his agent declined to respond to his comments at the time, and an NFL spokesman said there was no record of him having suffered a head injury. . Brady later said that he preferred to keep his medical history private.

“I mean, we don’t talk about it,” Bundchen said during the interview. “But he has concussions. I really don’t think it’s a healthy thing for anyone.”

More recently, she claimed that the characterization in reports that she was desperate for her husband to retire had sexist overtones.

“Obviously, I have my concerns. This is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” the supermodel told Elle magazine in September. “I’ve definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately I feel like everyone has to make a decision that works for (them). He has to follow his joy as well.”

Bundchen and Brady were introduced by a mutual friend and married, twice, just over two years later. They said their first “I do” in early 2009 at a Catholic church in Santa Monica, California, before close family and friends, followed by an equally small second wedding at their home in Costa Rica almost two months later.

Their son Benjamin was born later that year, followed by a daughter, Vivian, in 2012. Brady also has a 15-year-old son, Jack Moynahan, from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.

Bundchen, who was discovered by a modeling scout at age 13 in Brazil, secured her place as one of the highest-paid models in the industry in the 2000s and became a tabloid staple, buoyed by a relationship. with Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition to walking the runways for top designers, appearing in campaigns for high fashion and commercial brands alike, she signed on as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and landed small roles in movies, including “The Devil Wears Prada.”

She took a step back from modeling in 2015, ditching runway work and limiting herself to a few ad campaigns and magazine covers a year. She made one big exception, sporting a shimmery dress and a big smile in 2016 as she traversed a 400-foot (120-meter) track at the Rio Olympics while fellow Brazilian Daniel Jobim performed “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Since cutting back on her modeling commitments, she has devoted herself to environmental activism, particularly in regards to conserving the Amazon rainforest, and business ventures such as organic skin care and a line of lingerie. She has also spoken out about mental health, revealing debilitating panic attacks that she said made her contemplate suicide and criticizing unrealistic beauty standards.

Above all else, Bundchen told Elle, her top priority was her family.

“I did my part, which is to be there for (Tom). I moved to Boston and focused on creating a welcoming and loving environment for my children to grow up in and being there supporting him and him.” He dreams of it,” he said. “Seeing my children succeed and become the beautiful little humans they are, seeing them succeed and feel fulfilled in their career, makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job of that.”

After years in Boston, where Brady played for the Patriots, and then moving back to Tampa with him in 2020, he said he has plans of his own: “I have a huge list of things that I have to do, that I want to do. At 42 , I feel more connected to my purpose.”

Brady turned 45 in August, when he left the Buccaneers for 11 days for unspecified personal reasons. The team supported the furlough, calling it a pre-arranged planned break before the start of training camp in July.

Brady, a three-time NFL MVP and the league’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, also signed a 10-year deal worth $375 million to become the NFL’s top football analyst. Fox Sports once you hang up your shoes. When that will be is not yet known: While Brady had expressed interest in him extending his playing career beyond 40 if he stayed healthy, his now-ex-wife had a different idea in 2017.

“That kind of aggression all the time, that can’t be healthy for you,” he said during the CBS interview. “I’m planning on him being healthy and doing a lot of fun things when we’re 100 years old, I hope.”


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Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.

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