Gisele Bundchen ‘numbed’ herself with alcohol & cigarettes when she was with Leo

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One could argue that for Leonardo DiCaprio, Gisele Bundchen was the one who got away. One could argue that Leo has spent the last 12 or 13 years trying to “recreate” his relationship with Gisele by focusing on under-25 Victoria’s Secret models. One could also argue that Leo was never Gisele’s “one that got away.” In the long-term, she was happy to leave that relationship and she never seemed to look back. He pines for her and what they had – she never pines for him. Gisele covers the latest issue of Porter Magazine to promote her latest book, and she ended up going in-depth about how dating Leo left her sad, unfulfilled and liquored up. LOL. Some highlights:

Her difficult time, in her early 20s: “When I was going through my panic attacks, I didn’t even feel like I could share with anyone. I thought maybe I don’t have the right, everybody is going through so many difficult things in the world, and I don’t have the right to feel this way. So I’d suppress it, and the more I suppressed it, the bigger it became.”

Realizing Leo DiCaprio wasn’t the one: She also realized that Leonardo DiCaprio, who was at that time her boyfriend and with whom she was deeply in love, was no longer right for her. “No longer numbing myself with smoking, drinking and too much work, I was becoming more and more aware of things that I’d chosen not to look at,” she wrote in her book. “Was I alone in wanting to do some serious soul-searching while he stayed the same? In the end, unfortunately, the answer was yes.”

Her sisters: “I come from a family of six strong, beautiful women. The way I grew up, we always supported each other, we helped each other, we loved each other. But when I left home, that’s not what I felt with the other models. I did not understand why anyone would not want the best for me, when I wanted the best for everybody. This [#MeToo] movement has united women. It’s a beautiful thing. We are stronger when we are together. It makes me wonder why we weren’t being like this before.”

[From Porter Magazine]

“It makes me wonder why we weren’t being like this before.” Because of patriarchy. That’s the short answer. Because of institutionalized patriarchy, women see each other as competition rather than allies, because that’s what we’ve been taught from birth, and that’s how we experience the world. Me Too is a great first step, but this sh-t isn’t going away in one generation.

As for what she says about Leo…HE STAYED THE SAME. Ain’t that the truth? He’s going to be 60 years old and still doing his stupid Girlfriend Experience and every year, there will be some new, blonde 20-year-old eager to make a name for herself by dating him. Because patriarchy.

Lord, she looked so different back then.



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  1. Steff says:

    Unpopular opinion: I like Gisele.

    • Ira says:

      Me too. She’s the last supermodel IMO.

    • Amanduh says:

      LOVE Gisele!!!
      Do NOT get the hate she receives on here…

      • Dana Marie says:

        “LOVE Gisele!!!
        Do NOT get the hate she receives on here…“

        People don’t like or can’t relate to her unconventional ways , I.e. : home births, anti- inflammatory diets, etc. I suppose it’s easier to criticize/hate when it’s hard to relate.

      • Steff says:

        @Dana Marie She does put her foot in her mouth from time to time, but from what I’ve seen in interviews, she really seems like a sweet person. Her personality was also a reason why she was successful for so long (read what fashion people have to say about her).

        I dislike her husband a lot though…

      • Erinn says:

        I’d say she’s mellowed out a lot in the last few years. She went on her “every mother should be required to breastfeed for 6 months!” “my kid thinks broccoli is dessert!” “Birthing wasn’t painful at all!” “I was omming during childbirth!” “I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.” phase and it was off-putting.

        A lot of the issue with Giselle is that she comes off (or used to at least) in the same sort of way that Goop does. It’s not like she’s saying things that are blatantly untrue… but it’s the way she says them. There’s that whole sanctimonious vibe that comes off with the way she phrases things.

        Honestly, I’ve softened to her for the most part. I think she’s mellowed out a little bit, and maybe realized how she was coming off. She’s kind of amusing at this point.

      • Amanduh says:

        @Dana Marie…you’re probably right about the hate – I don’t relate to her much either. I had an epidural (I know!! /s), hospital birth, definitely ate garbage during pregnancy…all the things she is probably against . But as if I would base any of those decisions or feel judged because Gisele is against it?!!
        I remember watching her walk down the Victoria Secret runaway and I was in awe. I couldn’t look away!!! There’s just something so stunning about her…So maybe it’s more of a crush, but I find her harmless. Maybe I just don’t take celebrities too seriously? So because she says she had a home birth and didn’t put “garbage” into her during pregnancy, and I didn’t. Annnnd…..??

      • Jb says:

        Y’all must be new to the site then and or choosing to not remember the articles where Giselle talked crap about her sisters letting themselves go during pregnancy and how other women did that but never her because she cares about herself OR how Giselle preached the all natural life and denied surgical help thennnn got caught coming out of a surgeons office in a burka thennnn years later admitted to a boob job. People hate on Giselle because she rightfully deserves it. But you do you ladies!

      • Naddie says:

        I wouldn’t say hate (speaking for myself because I save my hate for despicable people) but she’s obnoxious af with her nature talk, which is common in rich white clueless people. Also she represents brazillian racism and white privilege so well, even though it’s not her fault.

      • dp says:

        Some of us on this site like myself dislike her, but do not hate her. Everyone is entitled to like some people and not others in this world.

      • Amanduh says:

        @ JB…not new at all!!
        I do remember her saying some women turn into garbage disposals whilst pregnant!! It literally did nothing to stop me from occasionally eating junk during my pregnancies.
        And the plastic surgery thing…okay, she was against it, but then had some. And?

        And *of course* people can like or not like someone…Didn’t say anything to disprove that.

      • Keaton says:

        I think many of her comments can be obnoxious and annoying but I also get the impression she’s a well meaning good hearted person.

    • Kitten says:

      I really like her too. Man those photos with Leo are SO awkward, huh? He looks visibly uncomfortable and she looks like she’s tired of pretending.

    • minx says:

      I like her too, she can be extra sometimes but I find her generally nice. And panic attacks are hell on earth.

    • Sticks says:

      I love her too!

  2. Barrett says:

    I don’t think she looks different?

    • Jegede says:

      It’s cause she got her eyes/lips done in Paris. 🐱‍👤🐱‍👤😉

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, let’s not forget the “I NEVER HAD PLASTIC SURGERY!” denials, while she was photographed IN A BURKA at a plastic surgeon’s office.

      • LL says:

        Jegede: She didn’t. Her eyes and lips look the same.

        whatWHAT? She never denied it (the boob job). But she never had plastic surgery before that.

    • Christina says:

      She looks the same to me too.

    • Julia says:

      Yes, me neither. I mean, she’s aged and of course she’s had a bit of work here and there, but she doesn’t look dramatically different to me

    • tealily says:

      Yeah, he looks more different to me.

    • Mommy2b says:

      She looks pretty much the same to me, minus the tan and youthful fullness of her face. Her jaw bone is more refined from age, that’s about it. Beautiful lady.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Not surprised (I mean, it fits DiCaprio to a tee) but…kind of surprised she went there? And after all this time? Interesting.

  4. What's Inside says:

    After waking up (from booze and alcohol), smelling the coffee and soul-searching, GF realized he was never going to marry her. So she moved on. Good for her. Now stop writing books that nobody wants to read.

    • LT says:

      You think? I don’t get the “I just wanted a ring” vibe from her at all. Leo seems to embody arrested development and the Peter Pan syndrome – I would think that would eventually bore most people.

      • Mia4s says:

        I agree. It fits with the whole ‘nothing over 25’ girlfriend policy. Not everyone is the same but I think a lot of us had “fun” in our early 20s…which then started to get stale. Then we want something more. Hell, I’m not even talking about marriage and/or kids (that’s just one option), I just mean richer experiences than the same old club and party scene.

      • Jegede says:

        Gisele was open about marriage and babies all the time she was with Leo.

        She was 25/26. She wanted a ring.

        Post split, she told GQ magazine some years later that ‘someone’ – Leo – broke her heart.

      • Pixelated says:

        I seriously wonder if Leo is going to go the George Clooney route and find his own unicorn soon….

    • Amanduh says:

      Really @ what’s inside?!!
      I think it’s great she wants to write books…like, why make fun of that?! Or try to tamp down her ambition??
      Ask yourself THAT.

    • girl_ninja says:

      Her book is a New York Times best seller. Someone’s reading it…a lot of someones.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Her daughter Vivi looks just like younger Giselle! And Vivi is a force. She upstaged everyone, including Rob Gronkowski, at the Patriots Parade yesterday.

    Leo has become the living embodiment of Matthew McConnaughy’s character from Dazed and Confused.

  6. Lila says:

    It’s been how many years? This is probably the most interesting thing about her right now. She’s written a book, done all types of campaigns, & this is what she’s discussing…? 14 years after the fact?

  7. Guest says:

    I like Giselle a lot. Never saw/understand the appeal for Leo D.

  8. Patty says:

    She’s moved on and he’s moved on; I don’t understand why she’d talk about this now. Truth is, she wanted to marry him and he didn’t want to marry her. End of story. They were together for a long time, so what does it say about her that she stayed with the guy for so long.

    Also, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but most people really don’t change. They may change their looks, and what they like, but their core personality and beliefs usually don’t.

    • Jegede says:

      Everything you say is spot on.👍👍👊👊👊

      Gisele was gunning for marriage from Leo.

      After he took her to the Oscars red carpet, her people were briefing the press that a ring was next, only he dumped her.

      Gisele was so cut up about it and sanctioned fashion outlets that she must not be seen on the same fashion show as her replacement Bar Refaeli.

      This update makes her sound still wistful and slightly bitter about Leo IMO.

      • LOL says:

        You are so bitter. She didn’t want to marry him and you know he didn’t dump her.

        ‘…sanctioned fashion outlets that she must not be seen on the same fashion show as her replacement Bar Refaeli.’ Fashion show? Bar is not a catwalk model. Why are you and that reader Snappyfish talking about Bar?

      • Jegede says:


        Because I’m not a stan does not make me bitter.

        And he did dump her. It’s known all through LA. #facts

        Plus we are talking about Bar in relation to Gisele, as Gisele is the main point of this post.

        That’s why the name – Gisele – is in the post heading.

    • Lurker says:

      Respectfully, it could mean that the one not changing is you. Possibly, you could be the one who is not evolving. Some people even inject someone else’s past, someone else’s old identity into a new space and see that as a confirmation that things have not changed when in reality said person has moved on or might be in the middle of a transition and it’s easier to accept that nothing has or will change. It all starts from within and therefore the majority of us project unto others. I think people change all of the time and it’s most likely a projection because I like to think that my mind and opinions are changing all of the time. I just don’t know how a stranger could know the “core” of someone else when most people don’t know the very core of who THEY are let alone someone else. Just my opinion.

      • Patty says:

        Nope. Not talking about myself here, talking about Giselle and Leo. Note I didn’t say that people couldn’t change or don’t have the capacity for change or were incapable of change; I said most people don’t change. I also said the core of who they are; people can change beliefs, opinions, likes, dislikes, etc, like socks.

      • Lurker says:

        Then, I misinterpreted your comment. Thanks for clarifying!

    • Snappyfish says:

      @Patty, bingo. You are exactly right!!

      She wanted to marry him. He wasn’t interested in marriage. She always spoke extremely highly of him & went back to him after his break with Bar for a few weeks before realizing he would never marry her. I remember the article where she said someone broke her heart & it fit Leo’s time frame .She married Brady (whom I loathe) later that year.

      Interesting that she would bring this up now with some revisionist history attached. Maybe it isn’t all deflated footballs and rainbows in the Brady household.

  9. Lizzie says:

    i loved that white dress then and i love it now.

  10. Dorothy says:

    Okay Ms. Steal Yo Man and call your Baby Mine lol that’s so sisterly of you 🙄

  11. Jegede says:

    I don’t think Gisele was the one who got away from Leo.

    He was as unfaithful/disrespectful to her, as he was to subsequent girlfriends. 😶😶
    Social media was just not around to indicate how badly he behaved, the way it exists now, so the relationship has been romaniticised.

    Gisele’s father actually gave an interview that Leo never even visited her family Brazil all the while they were together. Irmelin did but not Leo.

    That surprised me, cause for a loved one you at least attempt to get to know the family in homeland. I mean he went to Israel twice to see Bar Refaeli ( and he was more serious about Gisele than Bar IMO).🤷‍♀️

    • Ladiabla says:

      Wow he never went to meet Giselle’s family in Brazil but his Mom did? They were together for years, no? Ugh what a douche…

      • lola says:

        He met her parents. Her parents liked him. But I don’t don’t if he visited them in Brazil. He doesn’t have to visit her homeland. It’s not a big deal.

  12. JanetFerber says:

    I always thought she was his beard. She helped him that way and he helped her get fame/world recognition. I think it was a business deal, pure and simple. She never had an emotion on her face when with him. She simply looked vacant, doing her time. I could be totally wrong, but that’s always been my impression.

    • billypilgrim says:

      They’ve all been beards.
      Leo’s all loved up with his bae, Lukas Haas.

      Leo’s lost his looks years ago.

  13. Rhys says:

    He never wanted to marry and still doesn’t otherwise he would’ve done it. And he didn’t want to marry Gisele. Good for her for having moved on but I doubt she was the one that got away. That man hasn’t changed at all. remember the episode in “Inception” where he’s picking up two children and carrying them to the backyard outside the house – he looked like such a handsome father. But you know, that was just a dream :)

  14. Nancy says:

    I’ve never saw beauty in her face. She’s annoying. Models are hangers with mouths…lol. Leo has that I’m really not that into you look on his face. Oh well, she will disappear until the next Patriot controversy or one or the other retires.

  15. JanetFerber says:

    I’m truly not interested in “outing” people, because that’s an individual decision everyone has and it should not be taken away by others. I understand homophobia and how it affects a star’s reputation and box office, but I always rejected the idea that women would not be gaga over a gay actor playing a straight part. It’s ALL make-believe. I never gave a rat’s ass what an actor’s sexuality was off the screen. Also, there should be more representation of non-straight love in film. But we’re still at the point that women and non-whites don’t get adequate representation, respect and pay. Sucks.

  16. KittyCat says:

    Honestly I just love her face and how she had probably had a small amount of work done but she didn’t redo her face as half of the insta models do now. As somebody with a big nose where everybody tells you, that you should do a nose job and you would be so pretty afterwards. Gisele being a super model with hers feels empowering.

  17. Murphy says:

    She’s not the one who got away, he just isn’t interesting in settling down (and clearly still isn’t) and she was (and so was Tom Brady)

  18. Dani says:

    For Leo, the one who got way was Bar Refaeli.

    • Jegede says:

      No girlfriend is the one who ‘got away’ for Leo (which is why he was steadfastly unfaithful to all of them before breaking it off.)

      Leo got away from them happily.🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

      Now if his band of, ahem, ‘wolves’ – Tobey, Kevin, Lukas, Vinny et al – were to leave him; that’s the only kind of break-up that would devastate Leo.😨😨

  19. HeyThere! says:

    I think she looks the same, just younger and a lot more tan! I love her golden hair in these pictures. I do enjoy how devoted she is to her family and husband. Ride or die, lol, hard to find these days! I agree she is the last supermodel!!! All the nepotism models are annoying.

  20. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I find Gisele to be rather smug all around. But the bit about Leo made me chuckle. I agree: I think she is the one that got away for him and he has spent the last 20 years trying to recreate their relationship with stand-ins. Which is rather creepy and pathetic when you think about it. And also proves Gisele’s point and why she left him in the first place: he refuses to grow up or change.

  21. DS9 says:

    It’s interesting how time softens the outlook.

    Gisele can be obnoxious, she certainly is to me. And nice is relative. She’s always come across as out of touch with the average person especially when waxing poetic about her parenting choices. She made them sound like the only way, or at least the ideal way when her way isn’t reasonable or obtainable to most of the population.

    Andalsoplus, while a man cannot be stolen, there was deliberately overlap between Bridget and Gisele. I don’t put that on Gisele. She shouldn’t have to carry the water for Tom’s faithless dick but just the timing alone suggests that his relationship with Bridget wasn’t over-over when he started seeing Gisele.

    He might not have had an actual affair but he was clearly sleeping with Bridget right up until he was dating Gisele. Who knows what he told either women but it wasn’t a clear break. And Gisele did say and likely behaved in some insensitive ways towards Bridget though I’m guessing that was a result of whatever story he fed Gisele.

    What they say about it now smacks of revisionist history but I would bet money Tom is the author of that.

    All parties seem to be at peace with it now and that’s good for them. But it doesn’t change history.

  22. Pandy says:

    Isn’t that the model thing anyway though? You live on champagne and cigarettes? Time to go back to obscurity Gisele.

  23. SM says:

    I love everything she says here. I always too have to check my attitude of going out into the world wanting the best for everyone around and hoping this is how I will be valued. And her shade towards Leo, like he never changed and still does not seem to be willing to change is just so accurate and beautiful. It must sting coming from an ex-girlfriend.

  24. Cupcake says:

    I’ve never found her attractive. All the old school supermodels are drop dead gorgeous to my eye. Giselle just seems tall, skinny with an incredibly masculine face.

  25. J ferber says:

    She’s a body model, not a face model. Think of only a close-up of just the face (put the hair in a bathing cap) and put giselle’s pic next to Irina shayk’s (sorry, forgot how to spell her name). Can anyone honestly say that giselle would measure up in terms of sheer beauty?

    • LL says:

      What are you talking about? Do you really think Irina looks like a model? Look at Gisele’s facial bone structure. Gisele is the model.

  26. dlc says:

    Gisele is not my favorite, but I will listen to her throw shade at dicaprio all day!

  27. Jag says:

    Wow, that’s a horrible cover of her. Who thought that she looked good there? She’s a beautiful woman and a model, so why did they do that?