Bündchen in 2018 let him know via letter that she wasn’t a fan of his work and life balance, or lack thereof. The issue stemmed from him playing football all season and when the off season came, instead of pitching in dad, family and house time, he’d opt for training.
Let’s talk about Tom Brady.
In February, when the world was told of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback’s decision to no longer play football professionally, there was a worldwide “Wait, what?!” ripple response. That after multiple seasons, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., the seven-time Super Bowl Champion, would be leaving the thing he’s worldwide known for: professional football. According to Brady, while in retirement he’d be focusing his “time and energy on other things that require my attention.” i.e his family life. In his statement, Brady said, “And lastly, to my wife, Gisele, and my children, Jack, Benny and Vivi. You are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement. I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her selflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our family. Te amo amor da minha vida.” However, this retirement lasted a total of how long Jesus fasted for in the desert: 40 days.
With quite the sudden return to the National Football League (NFL), he made known the reason for his return: “These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.” Brady, the very same who, in college, was picked after 198 players during that year’s (2000) selection draft; who was far from athletic and didn’t stand out in college; went on to, in 2020, win the Super Bowl playing for the Buccaneers and in 2021, together they won the division.
It was said that when he announced that he was coming out of the very publicized retirement, sources close to the couple revealed that his decision to return to the NFL and play in its current season have “caused a lot of tension” in the relationship. However, people that know the couple said that what they’re currently going through in their marriage is “nothing new” as these problems have been around for ten years. Tom Brady and Gisele Caroline Bündchen began dating in 2006 then got married in 2009. Together they have two kids, Benjamin (12) and Vivian (9) and they also parent Jack (15), who is Brady’s son from a previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan. About the situation, an insider revealed “This has been going on forever. This is nothing new to either of them.”
The couple, who had been living separately before October, announced their divorce on October 28th. Gisele took to Instagram and said the following: “With much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce. My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart. We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care and attention they greatly deserve. 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. Thank you. Gisele.”
It is speculated that their combined fortune, which is estimated to be $650 million, will be a factor alongside determining what to do about their real estate and importantly, the kids. A prenuptial agreement was signed which might have been put in place to protect Bündchen who earned more than Brady in the beginning of their relationship. In fact, Gisele was the highest paid model in the world during the years 2002 till 2017. Before getting together with him and after marrying him, she built her wealth via salaries and endorsements that sang to the tune of $500 million between the years 2000 and 2020. Currently Brady is worth $250 million, with $30 million earned each year, while Gisele, who was the highest paid model for the 14th year in a row in 2016, is worth $400 million, with $40 million earned each year, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Bündchen’s net worth comes from multi-million-dollar contracts with brands like Victoria’s Secret and Chanel, as well as partnerships with companies like Arezzo shoes and SkyTV in her native Brazil.
About where Brady stands in terms of what his future and football looks like he said: “I love the sport and I love the teammates, and I wanna go do a great job for this team like I always have. So, no retirement in my future”.