Gisele Bundchen ‘is waiting for Tom to make a big gesture of support to her’

People Magazine did a comprehensive timeline of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s words and actions this year, starting with Tom’s retirement from the NFL, through his un-retirement forty days later, through the summer where Gisele and Tom likely separated, to where we are now, with Gisele hiring a divorce lawyer and exploring her options. It’s been clear for a month that Gisele is done, that she has detached from Tom completely, that she wants to focus on herself and her joy. There’s a persistent question in all of the reporting though – could Tom and Gisele find a way to pull through? What would it take for them to save their marriage? While Gisele has hired a divorce lawyer, no one has filed any paperwork yet. Gisele seems like she’s weighing her options overall. So this story in Us Weekly is curious:

Nearing the end? Gisele Bündchen wants Tom Brady to put in the work as their marriage issues appear to hit a breaking point.

“Gisele is waiting for Tom to make a big gesture of support to her,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly, confirming that the supermodel, 42, and the quarterback, 45, have both hired divorce lawyers.

According to the insider, the Brazil native and the seven-time Super Bowl champ “are still living apart” and have been “at odds with each other” as speculation surrounding their relationship status continues.

[From Us Weekly]

While it’s Us Weekly and likely crap, I actually believe that if Tom had made a big gesture of support, Gisele probably would have stayed with him. Is that still the case? Probably not. But give her some credit: she didn’t file for divorce to get his attention, it’s clear that she was willing to merely get some space and try out a new family dynamic for a while before she made a decision to pull the ripcord. And yes, Tom has bungled it. She gave him time to make it right and he hasn’t. Tom just wants Gisele to come back to him and everything will be like it was, with Gisele supporting him and raising their children and putting her career on the back burner for him. Tom Brady f–king sucks.

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  1. Colby says:

    There’s a Taylor Swift song “All you Had to Do Was Stay” and I feel like that’s a great description of what’s happening here. *All he had to do* was stay retired. Stay with his family. He simply was unwilling to do that and now it’s too late.

    I don’t think anything short of him retiring immediately -not after this season- will stop her from leaving.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I was going to say “the ONLY thing he could do is quit IMMEDIATELY (mid-season) and she might maybe possibly CONSIDER staying”, but I don’t think even that would for sure do it.

      I think she’d still be done with him. and thought I’m not a big fan of hers, I don’t blame her at all.

    • sunny says:

      I think if he retired right now, she would take him back and they could work it out. I have said this on other threads, as a fan of Brady’s game for awhile I have seen Giselle at games for years, and she has never looked happier than when Tampa lost to the Rams last year, she thought she was getting her husband back. At the end of the day, I don’t think the love between them is enough if Tom won’t actually commit more time to their family. And it is not just the time thing, in his documentary you see what an amazing wife she has been to him and he has let slip more and more over the years how terrified she is for him when he plays. So many of these guys are getting CTE that again the fear must be enormous.

      I can’t believe he is throwing his marriage away to lose in the wild card round this season. Marriage is a partnership and you know, seems like he has been a bad teammate in that context for awhile.

      • Molly says:

        She said “me or football”, and he choose football. I agree that there’s a lot of love there, and had he stayed retired, they probably would have went the distance, but I don’t blame her one bit for leaving. He made his choice, and she’s making hers.

  2. Noki says:

    I do think leaving him to parent alone and staying away a few weeks, as well as the divorce lawyers is suppose to jolt him into seeing a future without her. I am not sure the message has be been delivered.

    • MeganC says:

      If he hasn’t made a grand gesture by now, he is never going to.

      • goofpuff says:

        Agreed. He is far too self-centered to make that kind of a gesture and actually not go back on it.

    • Lady D says:

      …or team management and owners know what she wants from him and they’re running interference. I really doubt a single member of that team is telling him his wife and family should be his first priority. It remains to be seen who has more influence on him. (although I think we already know)

      • sunny says:

        I think this is definitely a factor. Last year, statistically he finished second in MVP voting and had the best QB stats in a number of categories. When the news of his retirement broke(That hack Adam Schefter), every commentator said it was crazy to retire when he was playing so well. And several of the worst ones talked about, Giselle forcing him to retire. Like an adult making a sacrifice for their family is a wild choice.

        The misogyny was so strong. Yuck.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      I agree. I doubt she is done with him yet. After all it is hard to let go of the man of your life, the father of your children. Brady is stuck playing for the Bucs for the next four months (assuming they keep winning of course) so I don’t know what she is going to do. She has already made plenty of concessions to keep the marriage going but she is quickly approaching her last straw.

      • Koo says:

        Maybe just maybe Brady is fine with her leaving and is more hurt by the way she is going about it. I think that is what hurt Brady.
        I always thought Gisele loves Brady more than the other way around.
        The guy didn’t even make the effort to. Learn Portuguese.
        She retired and after 2 months with her came back knowing how she fill about it. And refer to the situation as “shit” .

  3. Gina says:

    Is that show My Strange Addiction still on because if it is, I think Tom could be on it. I think he’s addicted to the adrenaline and the competition. I’ve heard he’s very competitive.

    She’s married to an addict and she’s had enough. There may be other elements but IMO his addiction to the game is what has led her to walk away.

    BTW – Yesterday I heard a male TV reporter, in discussion with his colleagues about this story. He kept saying of Tom, “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity he has”. My guess is this is Tom’s argument,

    • Colby says:

      I have former college athletes in my family, and even they talk about the vacuum in their lives when they graduated. It is a real thing and it’s more than just being a competitive person. These people have dedicated their lives to a sport, doing it all year, most days a year. A huge part of their entire identity is wrapped up in the sport. Tom has my empathy in that when he retired, he had no clue what to do with himself as truly may have not understood who he was without football.

      However, like all my family members, what he needed to do was GTF over it for his family’s sake. He refused to and here we are.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Tom Brady is not a bright bulb. I suspect that his ability to do much self-reflection here is minimal, and do not imagine he sees what the big deal is with him playing more football.

  5. Mireille says:

    As it has been said over and over again, another reminder isn’t going to hurt. This tool took out and received a $960,000 PPP loan, while other small businesses got shut out or denied. And he’s worth millions. Just saying.

    He is not going to change. Football is in his blood and he lives off getting high from the crowds and adulation he gets from them and the media every time he steps out on the field. If he retires as a player, he’s got a cushy TV gig waiting for him commentating on football. But that’s not going to be enough. He’s going to want to go back on the field — as a coach/owner — because he can’t live without the rush. His family is not going to do that for him.

    Giselle, move ahead with the divorce and go live your life.

    • girl_ninja says:

      I don’t get the point of the PPP loan and his being an absentee father and husband?

      • lanne says:

        It’s egregious that he even applied for and received the loan at all. He, a rich man, was snatching the livelihood of many working people right from under them. It’s another way he’s showing his narcisistic self-centeredness. If he can take food from the mouths of poor children, I don’t hold much faith in him taking care of his own children either, nor him taking any consideration of his wife’s feelings. I’d forgotten about the PPE loan. For him to even apply for one when that amount of money for him is equivalent to the change in the sofa cushions for an ordinary person is disgustingly vile.

  6. Allyson says:

    Does he think people don’t know how football works? The Super Bowl is in February, if you make it there. You can relax a few weeks and then the team is figuring out the draft. Of course he would be involved in that. Then you have off season work outs and non mandatory stuff, working with your personal trainer and assimilating the new guys. Before you know it you’re right back to august and pre season games. He’s probably half assing fatherhood for…eight weeks out of the year?

  7. AnneL says:

    I’ve never liked Brady. It’s not because I just don’t like football players or “stars” in general. I like Joe Burrow. I like Eli Manning fine. Brady has rubbed me the wrong way ever since he tried to address Inflation Gate and talked about himself in the third person. He’s an amazing player but he’s an arrogant dim-witted robot.

    I don’t have an opinion about Giselle in general but I hope she stays on this path. Of course retiring is very difficult for someone who has lived and breathed football for three decades or longer. Difficult, but worth it for himself and his marriage and family.

    He’s an addict, like others here have said. Addicted to the sport, the adrenaline, the adulation, the competition. They say addiction is “giving up everything for one thing” and if that’s what he wants to do, that’s on him. She wanted him to go into “recovery” mode, to give up ONE thing (playing pro football) for literally everything else – his health, his future, his kids, his wife – and he couldn’t do it. Not even with a high-paying job as a commentator awaiting him.

    Walk away, Giselle.