Gisele Bundchen told her kids: ‘Sometimes you have to let other people win’

Gisele Bundchen posted this Instagram yesterday, where she congratulated the Philadelphia Eagles and talked about how she was proud of the Patriots. I guess it’s a classy move, although what were her other options? Not saying anything on social media? Or being ungracious and posting some “diss”? What kills me a little bit is that Gisele, Tom and their kids all expected the Patriots to win, like the Super Bowl is a coronation rather than a game. From USA Today:

Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady’s wife, turned the New England Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday in Super Bowl LII into a teaching moment for their children — two of whom were crying after the game.

“They haven’t won in a million years,’’ Bündchen said of the Eagles, and it probably felt that way for the Eagles fans before their team won their first Super Bowl title and first NFL championship since 1960.

But Brady’s two sons and daughter were not easily consoled. At one point, 5-year-old daughter Vivian blurted out, “The Eagles won the Super Bowl.’’ Replied Bündchen, “Just this time. Daddy won five times. They never won before. Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes.’’

At one point, Bündchen crouched down and wiped tears from the eyes of Vivian and 8-year-old son Benjamin. Brady’s third child, 10-year-old John, stood stoically on the other side of Gisele.

“Sometimes you have to let other people win,’’ she said. “…We have to share. Sharing is caring.’’

Then along came Rob Gronkowski, and Bündchen waved over the Patriots’ all-pro tight end.

“Guys, this is Gronk!’’ Bündchen exclaimed, stretching her arm around the three children for Gronkowski to get a good look. “You see, Gronk!” The children’s sad faces lifted briefly as Bündchen told Gronkowski about the wisdom she had imparted to them about losing the Super Bowl.

“Where’s Daddy?’’ Bündchen suddenly wondered aloud. Minutes later, there he was. “Daddy,’’ the children squealed. Brady embraced his family, bending on a knee as he spoke quietly to his children. Eventually Brady would return to the locker room, but Gisele’s lesson was not over. As she left the stadium, Bündchen was seen offering congratulations to members of the Eagles.

[From USA Today]

It must be difficult to explain this kind of loss, on such a huge scale, to one’s children. Should the message be “Sometimes you have to let other people win” though? Or is the message “sometimes the other guy is better, sometimes other people win because that’s the game”? The way Gisele explained it, it’s like she’s telling her kids that Daddy LET the Eagles win because they needed the win more than him. Parsing, I know.

Speaking of parsing… Tom Brady’s ex Bridget Moynahan (who is mother to Jack Brady) was tweeting some pro-Eagles sentiments throughout the game. I friggin’ love how petty she still is.

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  1. WMGDtoo says:

    I agree it sounds like she told them that He basically threw the game. Was at my daughter’s school for their 100 Day Celebration. It was funny to listen to 7 year olds talk about the game; and Tom Brady’s next step. Some think this is going to come back. Others think he is over. I had to cover my mouth so much to keep from laughing out loud. That should be a show. Kids talking about the game after. I would watch.

    Bridgett’s tweets didn’t seem pro to me. Just comments about the game. Just me maybe.

    • Alix says:

      Yeah, makes it sound like Daddy and his friends decided to be nice and let the Eagles have the trophy. No, sometimes other people win, that’s just the way it is.

      • C says:

        I’m Brazilian and this delusional woman embarrasses me. She is so annoying!

      • dreamofadream says:

        I love the patriotic ways of the new england fans. When Tom wins, its ALL HIMM; When Tom loses they blame the defense. I was never a fan of gizzy because every time I read an interview on her she seems quite inadequate for the real world. From the things she says about her bonus child to how people should raise their kids its just snarky. GIsele strikes again with t his low blow, she just doesn’t use her brains before she speaks. Low key putting down the other team when he husband got served by a second string QB is just so CLASSSY! way to go Gizzy!

      • Imqrious2 says:

        That was my biggest peeve when I was teaching. EVERYONE got a medal/award for pretty much everything. Earned or not. “You breathed in and out on your own??? OMG!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!” Feh! Kids never learned how to lose gracefully,or graciously. That they are not *always* the best at everything they try, that someone *can* do this better than they can.

        Gisele isn’t doing her kids any favors doing this. And her 40yr. Old kid needs to learn how to suck it up and lose gracefully and graciously, too.

      • Lexie says:

        Ugh. At this rate her kids won’t ever learn to pick themselves up after they fail at something. The goal of parenting is to instill some resilience in the kids so they can handle real life! Ok so you didn’t win this time. You’re not going to win every time. What’s important is that we learn from this, and then we take what we learned and apply it to the next thing. How hard is that to explain?

    • sienna says:

      It’s the same as the way NFL players talk about being “World Champions”, it is so ethnocentric. There is no international American Football championship, it’s called the National Football League. If you want to be recognized as a world-champion, win a World Cup, Gold Medal, Grand Slam or any other international sporting event.

    • Carrie1 says:

      Hold up… 7 year olds were discussing the game afterwards? I need that to be a show too. Desperately need I think. What a great idea.

  2. Clare says:

    ‘Let other people win’
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL No one LET anyone win. The other team WON. No letting necessary. The lesson you ought to be teaching your kids is that sometimes other people win because they are better at something or had a better day, or simply luck. Not because you LET them. Gah.

    this is not parsing – I feel like this is becoming a very American expectation – to just be better, to always win, just BECAUSE, and if you lose it’s for one reason or another but never because someone else is better. Nope, that’s not how the world works, and it’s a terrible lesson to teach your kids. Especially when they have a dad who is such a sore fing loser.

    I actually quite like Giselle and have often made excuses for her – but this is ridiculous.She needs to spend less time with her dumbass husband.

    • Addie says:

      And sometimes, children, your uber special thoughts about yourself will NOT result in you ‘winning’. Because, often in life, children, people are better than you at a whole range of things. Deal with it, Vivian.

    • holly hobby says:

      I tell my kids you can’t win it all. Someone will have a better game or things line up for them and they win. That’s the way it is. If you don’t like it, do better. Yup, I don’t mollycoddle.

    • dreamofadream says:

      I love how you said this. She just needs to stay away from super bowls period. I think they need to ban her to save her face and tom bradys.

      • Cinthia Bateman says:

        I agree 100%!! That B#tch needs to think before she speaks!! Remember when they lost their last Super Bowl before this one & that Idiot Gisele said that her husband didn’t have the Help he needed in order for them to win. That it wasn’t fair that her husband had to play everyone’s positions so it was everyone elses faults that they lost!! She needs to be Deported!!! He needs to get a back bone & tell her to Shut up because she’s just making them both sound like Idiots!!! Tom Brady didn’t Deserve to win either – remember “Deflategate” Gisele?? Cheaters Never or Don’t Deserve to win!!!

    • Veronica says:

      What a terrible lesson Giselle taught her kids. That they LET the other team win?? It is just a bizarre thing to say.
      A responsible parent would talk about sometimes the other team had a better day, plays better, they worked hard, too, and deserve it, and that winning isn’t everything. Working hard and holding up your head when you lose if you worked hard is something to be proud of, too.
      Instead, she told her kids that the other team won cause daddy “let” them. Those kids are going to have some skewed set of values.

    • Carrie1 says:

      I think this is all on her. He’s an ass too but she’s his equal if not worse.
      Privileged people can’t see their privilege, hence the ‘let’.

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Let other people win? Urgh. If this was anyone else but Gisele you might give them a pass but no. What a shitty message to send your kids, we allowed them to win. Not that sometimes people are just better and that’s how it goes. You can;t always win. Nope, we LET them win. Its not the same as sharing at all.
    Also, it was your partner who basically cost the Patriots the game?

    • dreamofadream says:

      I found this clipped that the Sattire Daily who reposted ironically it was the only video that has not been removed because it fell under a comedy channel, jokes on the NFL because this is as real as it gets. Its not a joke and the Satire Daily did not create it, they just helped post it to get more attnetion to the cause. Favoritism for Brady is the number #1 goal since 2004 . The game has changed big time since 2000. Over 20 NFL officials go on record in this video and state facts. If you are a die hard NFL fan this short video will explain a lot of the politics.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVtYT2itKuE

  4. Purplehazeforever says:

    English is not her first language but yes she definitely should have phrased that better. But I’m sure she meant it differently like Daddy is sharing winning with the Eagles than letting them win.. to talk Brady up to her kids. Who knows.

    • V4Real says:

      Nope she meant it just tthe way she said it. Just like she meant my husband can’t throw the ball and catch it to.. Her English is fine for such small simple words.

    • Another Anne says:

      I think people are being way too harsh about this. It’s not something she wrote or gave a speech about, with time to plan her words. They’re words she said in the moment, as she had small, sobbing children hanging on to her. She was just a mother trying to console her kids, spitting out whatever comes to mind in the moment. I give her a pass on this one.

      • Nancy says:

        Disagree. This is when your words count the most. These are lessons to be taught. You don’t always win and there is no disgrace in losing. She gets zero passes from me.

      • Shambles says:

        If they were simply words she said in the moment, why are we reading about it? This private, intimate moment? Someone wanted us to know she said this so we would all know what a gracious earth mother she is, except it’s backfiring because she comes off like a complete asshole.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Disagree. As a mom of three boys, I can wholeheartedly tell you words have power and with young kids? Pointed and succinct reign. Letting the other team win means LETTING the other team win. It’s ludicrous. You play to WIN. A loss is a loss, and you lose graciously and respectfully and with good sportsmanship. It’s a vital part of the sport itself.

      • Shannon says:

        If that’s the case (and if it is, why are we reading about it?), why didn’t she take into account the possibility that the Patriots may, in fact, lose and choose her words before hand in case that happened? Oh, I know! Because she’s just that arrogant to believe there was no way they would lose. Her and Tom Brady really belong together and, preferably, away from the rest of us lol

      • magnoliarose says:

        PR and it is part of her perfection family image she likes to sell. I don’t believe anything about them when the cameras are around.
        I would never phrase that the way she did.
        How about the other team played better today, so they won. That is how it works most of the time. They deserved to win and losing is part of playing any sport, and it should always be handled with grace.

        They are raising their children to think they are exceptionally special and entitled. No, they aren’t. Until they have achieved something on their own, they are the children of ___ and that is it.

      • megs283 says:

        Another Anne, I agree. People are reading about this because they overheard it. I think she probably realized she misspoke (something I do many times a day because I’m not perfect) and she did the instagram to correct herself.

      • Bros says:

        Doesn’t anyone else find it weird that two small kids are so invested in the performance of their father that they are crying that his team didnt win? It seems really weirdly unhealthy to me.

      • dreamofadream says:

        I disagree with the people who are defending Gisele. There relationship is built on being at the top with no realistic views on whats “beneath” them. Raising your kids in a competitive way (please dont argue with me and tell me they dont) only shows what is brewing in this household. “Your daddy won 5 super bowl rings!” giselle shut up! One day there will be someone better than tom, as my mom always taught me. For every rich person there is always someone richer; for every poor person there is someone poorer.

        Gisele really should have taught her kids the values of losing because when you lose you learn the most and bouncing back should have been the lesson here. They wont win at everything they do. Just keeping it real. Teach your kids that winning isn’t as important than learning the values of the game. Poor sportsmanship from their father ensues immediately after the game. HE didnt even go over to shake Foles hands. DOnt tell me otherwise because I have seen many super bowl where this is the first thing that happens.

    • swak says:

      “sharing the winning” is no better than “letting them win” Also, why are the children so invested in their father winning that they are crying that when he lost? When I coach, winning is not the ultimate goal. In fact I think you learn more when you lose because it makes you think about what could have been done differently and try to improve on it.

  5. Croatian says:

    While I am no Gisele fan, I think she meant it in a: They won, and you should let them be winners, and accept the fact we lost without making them less of a winner.
    In a “let it go” kind a way.
    And I don’t see Bridgett as petty, either.

    • Millennial says:

      Me too, I took it as a “sometimes you have to let other people win and not be mad or act unsportsmanlike about it” and “sharing winning” is a very age-appropriate lesson.

      Also, I just adore Bridget Monaghan.

    • Another Anne says:

      Yeah, Bridget was tweeting pro-Patriots sentiments too, as she has before. I think people are reading way too much into that.

    • mellie says:

      I’m with you on this and I’m not a Gisele or definitely not a Tom Brady fan either (being from Indiana!), I think she was consoling her kids and that’s the way it came out. I like the ‘sharing is caring’ line…haha…it made me laugh. She was probably trying to make her kids laugh. I’m sure the whole family takes that crap seriously and it was a stressful week for all. Love Bridget, I don’t think her tweets were petty either.

    • C-Shell says:

      I have to agree, here. GB has said so many cringeworthy things over the years, and I can’t say whether it’s because she halfway thinks in Portuguese, but this seems like just awkward phrasing. Also, she’s talking to little kids. Doubt seriously she’s suggesting their daddy “threw the game.”

      Moynahan is a HOOT!

    • minx says:

      I think it just came out wrong.

      • Carol says:

        I agree that it came out wrong and hope she clarified later, but I am surprisingly okay with an expert in mommy-shaming getting the opportunity to be on the receiving end. Maybe she won’t be as free with her “advice” in future interviews and posts.

    • Wren says:

      That’s actually what I was thinking. “Let them win” in a “let them be happy and enjoy winning”. Like, it’s okay to be sad that you (or your team) lost, but take a step back and let the winner have the moment.

      I don’t like Tom or Giselle very much, but the criticism they get for every little thing, especially intimate family things, is ridiculous.

    • Mophita121 says:

      I agree, I don’t think GIselle should be criticized for this (and trust me I do not like Tom Brady or the Patriots). Even if her wording arguably could have been better 1. she speaks like 5 languages and English is not her first language, I could see myself not being so exact with my language in the moment and I am a native, English-only speaker and 2. Actions speak louder than words right? She congratulated every Eagles player she saw and I thought that was a nice message to show her kids. It’s a FAR better message than stomping off the field and failing to congratulate the winning quarterback (cough… Brady)

    • Delta Juliet says:

      I agree, I viewed it almost as like when we tell children to “let” people feel their feelings. Sometimes we have to let people be mad, or sad, or angry. Sometimes we have to let people win, we may not like losing but no one wins all the time. I am a huge life-long Pats fan and although I’m sad they lost, I get how happy the Eagles fans are. And I watched that game. The Pats didn’t let anyone win anything. They did not play very well, and the Eagles played better. Not happy with the end result but it was a good game and the Eagles earned that win.

      I guess I’m not wording it right either. but I don’t think she meant it badly and I’m not even a Gisele fan.

    • Jeane says:

      Came here to say this!

      I also interpreted it as meaning, ‘they won, let them have their moment’. As for a 5 year old crying because her dad lost, have you ever met a 5 year old?? They cry all the time, over all kinds of petty things. It’s normal, esp since they’ve probably seen their dad prepare for this important event. Jesus, people really need to chill.

    • dreamofadream says:

      Please people stop making excuses for this women. Her snarky remarks were what got her in trouble a few super bowls ago. when she threw her husbands team under the bus and praised her husband like he was god. Even though he threw many incomplete passes with intentional grounding. SHe should have known she was under the microscope and should have just said ” we can talk about this at home, right ow dad needs our support.” A good parenting method would have been to prepare them ahead in the event that their dad loses. Meaning she should have briefed them on what to do in this case, but i truly believe she thought it was beneath them and her husband would not lose.

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      ‘Weird’ that she said these words in front of a reporter and allowed it to be printed right? IMO that smells like her comments were not aimed at her children. It seems like she did it deliberately for her husband to read the next day. That he is still a superstar and he “let” the other team win. A sad team that hasn’t won anything since the 1960’s (seriously 5 year olds don’t have a sense of time and as a parent she knows that).

      She’s pretty much being the sacrificial lamb in serious of Tom Brady’s pathetic ego. I find that really sad. The entire family has changed their diet in service of Tom’s football game wins.

  6. V4Real says:

    Gosh Gisele is insufferable. That’s not a good teaching moment letting your kids think that their dad let another team win.

    I love the subtle shade by Bridget. She’s probably furious that Brady put their son in the spotlight with that kiss. And in those two pics, Bridget looks like the formal supermodel. Happy I knew her for a bit.

  7. trollontheloose says:

    so petty.. let them win? How about “Dad lost” or “the team lost” and it’s ok.

    • boredblond says:

      ‘Let someone else win’ basically is saying Brady never gives up his ‘power’..yes, he alone decides the fate..just say sometimes you win, sometimes you lose..I have a feeling everyone in that family is used to getting whatever they want.

  8. Onerous says:

    Idk. I feel like she often has odd phrasing, to a native English speaking ear.

    Like, was she saying, “You have to allow the other team this moment and not be bad losers,” or was it, “Well, we gave them this one out of pity?”

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Can see it both ways – “sometimes it happens and you have to accept it” versus “sometimes you have to let the little people win” it’ll only be apparent as the kids grow up what attitudes they were taught. She seems like a good mother trying to do her best with life lessons in a family centered around a dad who has, till now, been a victorious competitor.

      Of course, if it were a case of noblesse oblige, I’d just snort.

    • Miss M says:

      This is how I interpreted as well.
      Accept it, congratulate and let it be because they deserved it.
      When I was a child and used to compete I heard that from my coaches. Yes, I grew up in Brazil.

      • dreamofadream says:

        I am not a native speaker and I know what you mean by it but there is no excuse to undermine another team. Gisele knew what she was doing. Look at the super bowl a few years back when the patriots lost; she had no problems with the english language. I know second hand because I was in ESL growing up; being misunderstood is understanding but this is NOT being misunderstood. Her grammar was perfect so don’t tell me it was a different narrative.

    • dreamofadream says:

      excuses native or not she speaks English fluently. Do not tell me its misinterpreted like the other 200 interviews she gives.

  9. Aang says:

    Aren’t we magnanimous? They have never won so daddy was so kind as to give them a chance to taste the victory that is rightfully his, at least until his 50th birthday. 🙄

  10. grabbyhands says:

    “Sometimes you have to let other people win,’’ she said.

    God, give me a f*cking break. The Eagles won because they were BETTER this time. Jaysus, no wonder Tom Brady is so frigging insufferable. And they are teaching their kids to be the same way-like it is something that is owed to them, not something they earn.

    Sometimes the other guy wins. And how you handle the loss says a lot about you.

  11. Veronica says:

    I’m hoping that’s a grammar slip because otherwise…really? It’s not like people with their income ever really lose, anyway.

  12. Nicole says:

    Let others win?! I can’t decide if that is better or worse than the time she berated the team right after they lost to the giants. Ugh she’s the worst.
    Also Tom Brady ignored Foles coming to shake his hand so in case you needed another reason to not like the guy. What a baby

  13. Saoirse_like_intertia says:

    You guys are really reaching for that “SHADE”. So lame.

  14. momoffour says:

    Those poor pathetic Eagles. Sheesh. This is why everyone hates them. Why not just say, it’s sad for us but it’s happy for them. In life you don’t always win and that’s ok. I feel like that would be a much better lesson.

  15. Indiana Joanna says:

    Mixed feelings here too when I read this yesterday. At first her comment “we let them win” was irksome and very Brady-Bunchen routine entitlement. Then I wondered if she wanted to ease her kids disappointtment with a (in her mind) gracious winners-losers explanation.

    It doesn’t matter to the rest of the world. The Eagles played better and won. The Patriots looked flat and lost. Yah!

  16. Red32 says:

    Usually, Gisele annoys me, but the Eagles fans I know are so effing insufferable right now, I can’t even get worked up about this.

  17. Nancy says:

    Seriously. What an awful message to send to your children. Go back to basics, may the best team win. On Sunday, the Eagles were the best team and won. “You have to let someone else win sometimes.” Sounds like an implication that dad threw the game. Sour grapes all around, especially with him not shaking the hand of the winning QB. A day in the life of pampered, elitist rich folk.

  18. The Original Mia says:

    Oh good Lord. She just meant that daddy won’t win every time & other people might & should win. Which is true. I have a non- celebrity Pats fan who had to explain to her kids that the Pats won’t win every time either and that it’s okay. The world won’t end.

  19. BlueSky says:

    I just don’t like the idea that this was owed to them. I mean, damn, you already won 5!!!
    I don’t like the comment either about letting others win, like daddy did someone a favor.

    Btw, that pic, all I hear in my head is “I really wanted that trophy, mommy!!! I really wanted it!!!! 😭😭😭😭”

  20. tcbc says:

    Bridget Moynahan’s son has her last name, not his cheating father’s.

  21. manta says:

    “Just this time”. That’s as bad as the “let them” part of the comment. Way to settle the kids for some disappointment.
    Brace yourself for another crisis Gisele, in case their father loses once again : but you told us it was just this time!!!
    On another note I clearly remember the birth of the elder son and the announcement named him John Moynahan . He was referred as such the following years. When did that change?

  22. Bobbymilly says:

    English is not her first language clearly.

  23. Seraphina says:

    This is part of the reason why’ve brady is not liked by many. His arrogant self righteous wife. Stick to soccer honey.

    • Harrierjet says:

      Actually I can’t stand Brady because he exposed his wife to America and any NFL loving people around the world . I have been a Gisele fan since I was a teenager in the early 00s and loved that she spoke her mind without it being big news. The vitriol against her rose thanks to Brady. So there. He’s the issue for me!

      • Seraphina says:

        Maybe that is the problem, she’s always spoken her mind and has not been taught to think before she speaks. I tell my 10 year old that not every thought must be vocalized and he needs to learn which thoughts should be and which ones can’t be. It’s called Entitlement. And she and her husband have that aire about them. No humility.

        Brady didn’t expose GB to anything. I’m sure she’s quite capable of exposing herself.

      • Harrierjet says:

        I have never quite understood what the big deal is about what she says. If it escalates she always tries to explain what she meant. I suppose I speak my mind too but I’m not entitled for expressing myself. If anything there is a difference between being hurtful and damaged by someone’s words, and showing confidence.

        People don’t give her the time of day but if you ever read stuff about her it’s always that she’s incredibly nice or kind around people. So 95% nice stuff from people who encounter her and 5% nasty stuff from people who interpret her from afar.

      • Seraphina says:

        I speak my mind as well. Quite vocal. But one must know the climate of the stage you are speaking on.

        There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance and for me, she comes across as arrogant.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Gisele has been insufferable for a long time. Brady didn’t start this attitude. She has been a braggart and rude forever.
        She was just exposed to a larger audience outside of fashion. She has never been nice, and she has never been humble, and her smug enters a room well before her body does.
        Even before Brady, she used to say obnoxious things about weight and snark about other women’s looks, and she treated others with respect only if the other person was an equal or in a power position. It is all about projecting her life as something to be envied and copied.
        And yet she is Megan Foxing her face, and when someone goes as far with tweaking as she has, you know the inside doesn’t match the image they are desperately trying to sell. He got some work done too, and it has settled, but for a time there he was looking swole.

      • Veronica says:

        Even taking away what they both say, their burning desire to join a country club that wouldn’t allow minorities in for years and years I find more disturbing.

    • Veronica says:

      Honestly, Gisele doesn’t bother me too much. She seems like the one with the common sense in the marriage, to be blunt. I think she rubs people wrong because she walks and talks with unapologetic confidence, which is not something women are generally allowed to do in the way that men can.

    • tcbc says:

      I don’t like Tom because he’s a sore loser with bad sportsmanship. Nothing to do with his wife.

  24. Oopygoopy says:

    2 smug, smarmy, insufferable fart sniffers. I cannot stand Giz or Brady; I cannot help but get the impression they feel they’re above everyone else. “Let them win” lmaoooo, I don’t care about football at all but all I wanted was for the Eagles to win…so Brady could lose. Yes I am petty.

  25. Cee says:

    “And sometimes, children, because we cannot accept we came short, we lie to ourselves and believe we lost or failed to let the other one win and succeed in order to Pat ourselves in the back thinking how gracious and selfless and caring we truly are.”

    So much BS.

  26. teacakes says:

    I see the usual ‘blame the wife’ rhetoric is still present. There’s some mad reaching going on here – her husband’s team lost, she congratulated the other side and said something to try console her kids, let’s not make mountains out of molehills.

    And I thought some email hack a few years ago ended up showing Bridget and Gisele are actually on friendly terms?

    • Seraphina says:

      Teacakes, I respectfully have to disagree. As a mother of three these are where we teach our kids life lessons. Telling your kids their father and the team he plays for let the opposing team win is not a lesson that should be taught. These are the early steps and the foundation she building for these kids.

      I always tell me kids: someone has to lose and someone has to win.

      Her painting this as a charity given to the Eagles shows is doing no favors to these children. It’s called life. And sometimes we fail, that’s when you pick yourself up and dust yourself off and try again.

    • Shambles says:

      “her husband’s team lost, she congratulated the other side and said something to try console her kids.”

      Except you left out a step. Her husband’s team lost, she congratulated the other side and said something to try console her kids, and then she sold a story about it to USA Today. If this was a genuine, teachable moment, we. Would. Not. Be. Reading. About. It. That’s why she comes off like a smug asshole. She had to make sure we knew how humble and gracious she is, except what she said is not humble or gracious at all. If she’s going to purposefully sell the story to a magazine we’re allowed to comment on it.

  27. Naomipaige says:

    She’s basically telling the kids that their daddy threw the game, so that the other team would win. She should have been honest with them and said that the other team played a better game, and that is why they won. Maybe if daddies team plays better they will win next time. What’s is wrong with that? Why is it necessary to sugar coat anything.

  28. HK9 says:

    He “let them win”?? Naw-they won fair and square and daddy lost this time. That is what she should have told her children end of story.

  29. deets says:

    “I think the big thing [to tell people] is ‘don’t be afraid to fail’. I think in our society today, you know, Instagram, Twitter, it’s a highlight reel. It’s all the good things. Then when you look at it, then you think like, ‘wow’, when you had a rough day or your life’s not as good as that, you’re failing.

    And failure’s a part of life, that’s a part of building character, and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen a thousand times, made mistakes. We all are human, we have weaknesses, and throughout this being able to share that and be transparent.

    “I know that when I listen to people speak, and they share their weaknesses, I’m listening because I can resonate. So, I’m not perfect, I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL, and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but I still have daily struggles … And that’s really just been the message, simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling, embrace it, because you’re growing.”

    Nick Foles, after his super bowl win.

  30. Christin says:

    The excerpt sounds more like People (gossip/PR magazine) than USA Today. Did a reporter trail them to get every word, hug, movement, as they waited for TB?

    • Shambles says:

      Thank you. That’s what I’m saying. We’re spending so much time arguing about whether or not what she said was bad, when the fact is she wanted us to know she said it. There is no f*cking way a USA Today reporter just happened to overhear this conversation. Either she sold the story or one of her people did, so she wanted it out there. Therefore, it’s fair to parse and to analyze. In my analysis, she comes off like a d*ck.

  31. JustJen says:

    I don’t like either of them, but at least Gisele congratulated the other team. It would have been good sportsmanship if TB would have shook Noles’ hand. But no, he had to go sulk.

  32. FHMom says:

    Losing with grace is something these two need to work on. I tell my kids that even the best ball players don’t get a hit 6 out of 10 times.

  33. HelloSunshine says:

    Ugh their kids are going to end up entitled and smug and I am not looking forward to it. Hey Giselle, the Eagles won because they outplayed the Pats. Your husband was off his game and this was the result.
    I want to give her the benefit of the doubt and say maybe it’s a language thing but this is the same woman who used a burka to hide when she was getting plastic surgery right?

  34. Honeybee Blues says:

    This is not a second language issue, made crystal clear by her “sharing is caring” comment; as if this year, daddy decided to share the trophy. NO! The Eagles earned that trophy, and it’s theirs permanently as the 2018 champions; it’s not something daddy is “letting” them share for now. The sentiment was clear and concise, because that’s what she thinks. And as many others have underscored, this was a moment for real life lessons for those kids, and she blew it big time, giving them the impression their father was being magnanimous to let the other team win for once, you know, because they were so sad having never won. She made it sound like daddy was feeding the homeless.

  35. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Gisele is just as insufferable and horrible as her husband. There was no “letting” someone else win. The Eagles were the better team that night and played a better game. That’s what she should have said to her kids,. “Sometimes people will play a better game than you.” But I’m not surprised. Her husband STILL hasn’t congratulated the Eagles or Nick Foles. Now HE is petty.

  36. Shannon says:

    Wow. I wouldn’t call that ‘parsing,’ she pretty much dissed the Eagles right there, acting like Tom himself graciously decided to not bring his A game because he wanted to ‘let’ the poor Eagles win *eye roll* like a parent letting their four-year-old win at a game. These are grown-ass men and it was a good game, but the Eagles were better this time. Sorry, not sorry. The message should be more like, ‘sometimes you win because you’re better, sometimes you lose because the other guy’s better.’ It’s not a sharing thing at all. Loooove Bridget’s shade, though. Sorry, but I do LOL

  37. Snowflake says:

    Waay too much emphasis on one little sentence! She’s just saying it in a way her kids can understand.

  38. Lis says:

    Those kids are personally invested in the game in a way that few people can understand. They have watched their daddy physically hurt for days after a game. They’ve watched him train and study film and leave before they get up and get home late. Plus, he’s their daddy. Aren’t they kind of supposed to think he’s invincible, right? ;) I think it’s more than admirable that she stood with them to congratulate some of the Eagle’s players. Did she say everything exactly the way that she should have? No. But I’m more than happy to applaud what she did get right.

    • dreamofadream says:

      you mean the papercut on his hand? And study what? The video tapes that his team illegally recorded of the other teams practices? listen Gisele can kumbaya and high five the Eagles all she wants. WHat she said to her kids has surfaced; those “kind gestures” don’t mean a thing any more.

  39. Renee says:

    This is so typical of Gisele who told the media in 2012 when the Patriots lost the Super bowl “My husband can’t throw the ball and catch the ball”. She was willing to throw Tom’s teammates under the bus. She is one that makes excuses when there is a loss.

    I’ll always be Team Bridget!

    • Lightpurple says:

      No, she did not say that to the media. She said that to an obnoxious Giants fan who was harassing her and Bianca Wilfork as they tried to leave the stadium. The guy & others chased them to an elevator. The Patriots filed a grievance on behalf of Bianca Wilfork , who was frightened by the incident, and the NFL later implemented safety measures so that players’s families could leave the Super Bowl without being subjected to crowd abuse – the NBA & MLB had instituted such protections years earlier. Giselle & Brady vacationed with the Welker, the guy who dropped the ball a week later.

    • dreamofadream says:

      I am Team bridgit!!! And yes that’s either Gisele or her team trying to explain their actions. When you lose ; you lose as a team. no one will ever let her live that moment down,not even the PATS team and fans. Go home Gisele , stay there and don’t come to super bowl. You know that your being watched 10x more than an eagle is watching you (pun intended) you can’t afford bad publicity in the NFL anymore. And now somehow you made the super bowl about yourself.

  40. tw says:

    She needs to lay off the fillers and botox.

  41. Harryg says:

    How was Moynahan “petty?” I think her tweets are just normal, sort of neutral.

  42. paranormalgirl says:

    Yeah, it would have been far better to say “sometimes we lose” rather than make it sound like we let other people win, but it was in the moment with her children. So while I don’t give her a full blown pass on this, she gets a little one.

  43. Christina says:

    I don’t think she meant her husband let the team win. I think she was telling her kids to let the team win and not be sore losers.

    • tracking says:

      That’s how I read it, and I did think the second language issue was relevant. I find her deeply annoying in other respects (making public the pic of her consoling her giant sore loser baby of a husband for instance), but give her a pass here.

  44. Lyla says:

    Why not say something say something like you try your best, sometimes the other team is better and what’s important is that you tried your best? That’s what my parents told me when I was young. Didn’t as think of what she would say to the children if the patriots didn’t win? Or did that possibility didn’t cross her mind?

    Good sportsmanship is important. Nobody likes a sore loser. And what example is Tom setting that he didn’t congratulate the other team.

  45. A says:

    Eh. I’m not too pressed about it. It sounds like a sentiment that she blurted out that was, once again, very poorly thought out. However, I will say that if that’s the case, it’s still telling that her impulse is to use this type of phrasing. “You have to LET other people win,” Someone who was likely raising their children to be thoughtful and considerate, or perhaps someone who themselves was thoughtful and considerate, wouldn’t revert to poor wording like that even in the heat of the moment. So to me, it indicates that this is a typical attitude in their home. That they are so great, that they have to be magnanimous towards the rest of us plebs in order to let us have our moment in the sun.

  46. Feebee says:

    It’s more gracious than she’s been in other losses. I want to put the “let” bit down to the English as second language situation…. is that a stretch? Because otherwise, No, honey. Daddy did not let the Eagles win…. even when he couldn’t catch the ball. Today the Eagles were the better team. And that’s okay. They worked hard for it too.

    If she wants a positive spin, she could could try ‘at least Boston’s in one piece?’

  47. perplexed says:

    Why did she let this conversation air out in public? No one would be judging her if we didn’t hear about it.

    • LL says:

      She didn’t LET this conversation air out in public. And when the Patriots lost the Super bowl some years ago she didn’t LET THAT conversation air out in public, but some people are still judging her. We shouldn’t judge her. We shouldn’t hear those conversations.

  48. Elizabeth says:

    Sometimes other people just play better than you.

  49. benchwarmer says:

    What an arrogant, elitist, thinks her $hit doesn’t smell type of thing to say. Sheesh! “Let” means one thing… allow. What she’s saying is they allowed the Eagles to win out of the goodness of their heart, to share who gets a trophy that year. SURE! That’s definitely what happened. The Pats threw the game, it was all about being fair. The post that she put up was very nice and respectable, for that I applaud her. I don’t care at all about football. But I did care and hope that the underdog team won. And they did! And they won fair and square because that day they played better. Plain and simple. I understand her children think their dad is a hero and they should but there are ways to say that Daddy is still the best even if his team loses. And more importantly to get the point across to your kids, it’s not always about winning, it’s about what you learn in an experience. Plenty of losers win in life and plenty of winners lose.

  50. Pandy says:

    A nanny only has five fingers to try on the five winning rings, so …

  51. Olive says:

    FYI he’s not Jack Brady, he is Jack Moynahan. His mom gave him her last name.

  52. j says:

    I don’t know man…I tend to think it’s a very interesting slip of the privileged tongue. It reminds me of all the backlash against players taking a knee during the anthem; remember how it was all like “we let them play and make tons of money and they’re disrespecting the flag”. Like there are certain people in power who tolerate the presence of others, but sure put them in their place quick when their superiority is threatened…

  53. TheOtherSam says:

    Moynahan is a lifelong Pats fan as is her family, she’s born and raised in western MA and her family still lives there. She supported the team long before hooking up with Brady and I’m sure supports them now. Her tweets were very neutral and showed her excitement for the game itself, she’s always been a football fan.

  54. khaveman says:

    You mean sometimes you GET beaten by a better opponent. What she said sounded as if the Patriots had some control in the matter. Newp. They got their hat handed to them. Sorry Gisele.

  55. Lilith says:

    Girl please, “let” other people win. Your hubby got BEAT.

  56. Hannah says:

    What is there to be bitter about for Bridget? I understood they had split and the pregnancy was a surprise to them both.

  57. Layla says:

    “Sometimes Daddy gets a beat down from other people who are just plain better than he is.”

  58. Ozogirl says:

    LET other people win??? How about sometimes others DESERVE to win because they earned it!

  59. A Fan says:

    Those are the types of comments that come from an egotistical perspective.

    [*And she seems to have that perspective down-Pat.*]

  60. Anare says:

    Admittedly I cannot stomach Gisele so I was immediately irritated by her little teaching moment with her kids. Way to bring them up to be as egotistical and self centered as she is. What’s the matter with telling her kids what a great game it was but sometimes you give it all you got and you lose. That’s life kid! Apparently that is not Gisele’s life though. Tiresome.

  61. Missy says:

    At one point, Bündchen crouched down and wiped tears from the eyes of Vivian and 8-year-old son Benjamin. Brady’s third child, 10-year-old John, stood stoically on the other side of Gisele.

    “Sometimes you have to let other people win,’’ she said. “…We have to share. Sharing is caring.’’
    _____________________

    Upper class/ socially upwardly mobile upper middle class expectations. “We” always win and “We” never lose and such crap. Winning is expected among certain classes and apparently Bundchen installs such views in her children. Just ask some managers. They have the same kind of believes.

  62. heather says:

    Good lordy. How anyone can tear Gisele apart for this is beyond me. She was being gracious and comforting her kids. There are some people in the world who people will attack for literally anything.