Tom Brady & Gisele’s divorce fight is getting ‘nasty,’ they’re ‘ready for a fight’

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are not making their failing marriage a secret. It’s been shocking to see how openly this has played out, and how matter-of-fact Gisele has been over the past two months. She seemingly came to a decision over the summer that she wasn’t going to stick around, that Tom had broken his word and broken her trust for the last time. Reportedly, she began the separation process over the summer, and she’s renting (I think) a place in Miami. She left Tom to deal with the back-to-school drama, and she’s left him to organize the running of his household and everything else. Tom is super-salty about it and he’s whining about how Gisele has “abandoned” him. Gisele also lawyered up before Tom, and according to Page Six, she hired one of the best lawyers in Florida.

Things are getting “nasty” between Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen amid their marriage split, sources say. Page Six exclusively revealed Bündchen has hired the top divorce lawyer in Florida to take on Brady as the pair seem to be heading to the end zone.

Insiders say Bündchen hired Tom Sasser, the managing partner of the law firm of Sasser, Cestero & Roy. The West Palm Beach divorce attorney has handled a stable of high-profile clients including Tiger Woods in his divorce with Elin Nordegren.

Sasser also represented Jeff Gordon in his bitter 2003 divorce from wife Brooke which turned into a battle over the NASCAR driver’s net worth, but was ultimately settled.

A source said, “Things are very nasty between Tom and Gisele because of the lawyers. They are ready for a fight. Tom and Gisele are not battling over the kids, they both want joint custody. But it will take some time to divide their immense wealth and property all over the world.”

Bündchen, 42, and Brady, 45, share two children — son Benjamin, 12, and 9-year-old daughter Vivian, along with Brady’s son Jack, 15, with ex Bridget Moynahan.

[From Page Six]

Maybe my gut is completely wrong about this, but I genuinely don’t believe this is going to be some long, drawn-out divorce fight. They both have significant financial assets, and sure, it will take a minute to figure out how to divide their real estate. But Gisele is radiating this “over it” energy and surely Tom’s people are telling him that a drawn-out divorce fight will be awful for his image. My prediction is that we suddenly get some announcement, possibly a few months from now, that everything has been settled quickly and quietly. They’ll make a joint statement and proclaim their love for their children and that’s it. I wonder if my gossip mojo is right about this.

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  1. Lolo86lf says:

    I just googled Gisele’s and Tom’s net worth and she is considerably wealthier than Tom. But I suppose the assets they had before marriage will not be factored into the divorce settlement. Would it be fair to divide all the money they made while they were married in half? Okay so Gisele is divorcing him for real! Good for her.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Love that she’s richer than him. IDK why but he strikes me as the type who’d wield financial power over a woman. But I guess we’ll find out with his next marriage.

  2. KC says:

    I feel the same. Especially since she has her own money and doesn’t need him to take care of himself. I feel like she just wants to officially untangle herself from him and move on.

    I’m more curious about the kids. It sounds like she might get joint custody of Jack? How does that work? Wouldn’t his biological mum have to approve of her son being in yet another single adult’s custody? At the same time I hate him not being able to be with siblings he’s had regular access to. Divorce is messy. Tom seems negligent and selfish in the relationship and its coming across as if it’s been addressed and he’s had lots of opportunities to fix it but has broken his word and proven untrustworthy. Giselle’s got to do what she’s got to do. I just hope the kids are okay

    • Abby says:

      She will get no custody of Jack. At all. None. She is not as mother and has no biological connection to him at all. She has no reference for any sort of custody especially in Florida

    • Cate says:

      My impression is that Giselle has been the one doing most of the parenting, so she has probably been parenting Jack a lot too. I can’t imagine she has any legal rights to custody of him BUT if she and Bridget are both focused on what’s best for the kids I could also see that Jack will wind up spending a fair amount of time with Giselle as a way of spending more time with his sibling ngs, just because Tom’s clearly checked out for extended portions of the year.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Sad thing is, he will STILL “abandon” his kids for half the year, as he is *still* playing and doing his own thing. Unless Giselle has them for that time (full time), they’ll be left with housekeepers/nannies instead of Dad.

      • ElleE says:

        Giselle and Bridget have some kind of relationship. A local guy lucky and had a camera when Bridget was handing off baby Jack to a solo Giselle (weirdly) in a rest area off of the MA turnpike.

        He got shots of the women hugging and one of Giselle kissing the baby as she put him in his car seat. Giselle didn’t have kids yet-she probably did all of the parenting during Tom’s “time” with his son.

      • Abby says:

        Jack will see his siblings when he is with his dad and they are. Weird y’all think Bridgette shoukd actively parent with a woman who disrespected her and she has no connection to. This is similar to Mariah and Nick’s other babies’ mothers.

    • Kebbie says:

      She won’t have any legal custody of Jack, but I’m sure he’ll stay in touch or visit if he’s grown close to her.

      • FhMom says:

        Jack is 15. I imagine he will do whatever he chooses to do. Due to family dynamics and circumstances, step siblings don’t always stay close at that age, even if they want to.

      • PixiePaperdoll says:


        But they’re NOT step-siblings, they’re half-siblings and you generally are closer to those.

    • Chris says:

      I just can’t relate to a woman who leaves home and abandons her children just to get revenge or make a point to her husband; especially if Tom succeeds balanced work / home life, he will be awarded custody and Giselle behavior and actions will be frowned upon in family court. Is she even thinking what this is doing to the children?

      • detritus says:

        Chris, that’s ignorant. And sexist.

      • vs says:

        @Chris — I am sure you can relate to a man doing nothing for 6 months for his kids except play time but the woman asking him to do work is what is hard for you to digest…..the misogyny in your post is just wow, just incredible!

        I am surprised she is leaving his sorry a** behind! I dislike him but I am still surprised she said enough! good for her…..

      • Mariana says:

        I get the impression they’re already following a 50/50 parenting schedule…as they likely will after the divorce is ironed out. She hasn’t abandoned her children—she’s parenting 50% of the time and he’s having to do the same for the first time in his children’s lives.

        He obviously had no such concerns about leaving his kids for 6 months of the year for the past 14/15 years he’s been a parent.

        Don’t come for her about that if you’re not also going to come for him about that.

      • Elin's golf club says:

        I can only assume this comment is a joke. By Tom’s own admissions, *he* abandoned the family and put his own needs in front of the children’s needs. Plus Florida is a 50/50 state so the courts will actually force Tom to parent his kids (or at the very least, coordinate childcare). Team Giselle

      • CROWHOOD says:

        This is…certainly a take.

      • Jaded says:

        Once again we have some uninformed person blaming the woman for *abandoning* her children. That has not been the case, the kids are clearly being parented between the two of them. Tom has not *been there* literally and figuratively for the majority of his marriage. He’s married to his football career and Gisele did most of the heavy lifting, and he hasn’t and will never succeed in balancing his work/family life. Going back on his word to retire from active playing was clearly the straw that broke the camel’s back, and a big straw it was. She’s always been a very hands-on mother so there will be no frowning upon her in family court. SMH…

      • NEENA ZEE says:

        Hmmm, Chris, I think you might be confused. I don’t think this is about revenge for Gisele. She is trying to extricate herself from a partner that doesn’t share or support her goals and took her for granted (probably among other things we’ll never know). She is probably sad about rebuilding her life at this stage and the impact it will have on her kids, but she is smart enough and strong enough to do it. Knowing that, in the long run, it will set a better example for her children than staying in a relationship without love and respect.

      • Theresa says:

        There is no way that Tom will be awarded custody…if anything they will get joint custody with residential status being with Giselle. Tom has rarely been around and she has been the primary caregiver…just because she took a sabbatical and left him to run things will mean nothing as she is a loving and caring mother who stayed in contact with them the entire time she was gone. Tom got a lesson on what it is to be the sole caregiver of the children and he will not want that full time. And for anyone to say that because of her taking her well earned sabbatical was wrong and she should lose custody…SHAME ON YOU

      • Emily_C says:

        Chris Pratt, is this you?

  3. Ramona says:

    I hope it doesn’t get messy cause kids are involved

  4. Cessily says:

    Surprised she didn’t have a prenuptial agreement. He is going to be another old crazy QB that doesn’t know when to walk away from the nfl. I hope she finds peace and contentment, let the lawyers handle the messy parts.

    • ThisWitchIsntDead says:

      She walked away at the right time. She is already radiating peace and contentment, and I hope the same for her. In the long term, she might view his unilateral decision to un-retire from football (again) as a great thing, which ended up sparing her more pain. Almost all professional athletes go through an identity crisis after retiring, which usually looks like an affair, hiring sex workers, always a scandal. I’ve seen it happen way too many times. Their wives are thrilled to have them at home, only for their husband to blow up their marriage by disrespecting their wives in spectacular fashion. I am sure Tom Brady would have been no different.

    • Another Anne says:

      She likely did have a prenup, but you still have to work out the details of custody and child care, and untangling joint financial issues that took place during the marriage.

  5. Southern Fried says:

    Hope your prediction comes true. Enough Tom & Gisele in the press. So I’m not sure where she gets her money, she must still model or sell products. As for custody, Jack has a wonderful full time parent so I can see him being able to see his dad’s family as much as he likes.

    • Jayne says:

      She was one of the highest paid models in the world before she married Tom. It’s not like she blew it all.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Money like that is invested in MANY ways. I’d bet she can live off the interest/dividends and never even go near the principal.

    • indywom says:

      Gisele has tons of endorsement deals all over the world.

    • Jaded says:

      Aside from being a supermodel with loads of endorsement contracts, she has one of the most successful shoe companies in Brazil that sells product worldwide. She’s worth more than Tom.

  6. Eurydice says:

    The tabloids would like this to be a nasty divorce, but Tom and Giselle have never been super high drama, so I think there will be disappointment there.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I agree. I don’t think her hiring a lawyer, or even this particularly lawyer, necessarily means anything other than that’s what you do when you’re getting a divorce, you hire a lawyer. Particularly if you’re as rich as Gisele. She’s got assets to protect. And children to protect.

    • Kate says:

      Also agree. I think this is just tabloid fiction written after they hired lawyers because it’s not like either of them is going to bother issuing a statement denying that it’s getting nasty or suing the magazine.

  7. hangonamin says:

    I hope it’s a quick and done divorce and she gets to move on quickly. BUT if it isnt…I hope she fights tooth and nail for everything she wants and gets it. She’s worth more than him, has essentially put him first for so long, and if he wants to draw out a divorce and make it difficult for her, i hope she flips it right back and goes in for the kill. He may be the super athlete on the field, but I bet Gisele is a killer in the courtroom.

  8. Mimi says:

    The sad thing is that it seems they still love each other but the differences are too great.

    • ThisWitchIsntDead says:

      I don’t think he ever loved her, which says nothing about her and everything about him. He has treated her like a trophy, and obviously didn’t value her or her needs. I think Tom Brady loves Tom Brady the most.

      • North of Boston says:

        Yeah, this is the impression I get too.

        From the outside, it seems she understood the dedication to succeed in a competitive profession that requires commitment to keeping yourself in peak physical health, conditioning, since she herself had to do that just like Tom did (even though their jobs were very different) She was willing to carry a lot of the family, home load for a number of years so he could continue his NFL career … as they’d agreed. But it seems part of the agreement would be that he would stop at a certain point and he’d pick up more on the home front so that she could get back to HER career. So far so good.

        But then he apparently went back on that agreement, said ‘nah, Imma just going keep on NFLing while G, you keep the homefires burning and the kids being cared for. See you and the kids in the offseason. TB out!” He did what he pleased without regard to the impact it would have on his wife and his kids. That’s one self-centered dude-bro.

      • Josephine says:

        I never got the sense that she loved him either. Their behavior at the beginning of the relationship suggested that they both thought they were winning some sort of prize getting together, and she did the whole makeover thing with him. I think they both got what they wanted – a superficial, look-good relationship, and now they will hopefully both get out of it in the gentlest way possible for the kids.

    • Emily_C says:

      He does not love her. Love is action. And the “differences” consist of him not putting anything whatsoever into his marriage and family.

      • NotSoSocialB says:

        He prioritized his celebrity over his wife and all three kids. That says all she needed to know to pick up and move on.

  9. FhMom says:

    They both are capable of making this as nasty as possible. For that reason, I agree that they will negotiate the divorce and settlement quickly. They know what the other is capable of. Plus, they want what’s best for their 2 kids.

  10. Michael says:

    Both Tom and Giselle have plenty to lose if this gets nasty in public so it won’t. They will divorce and if there is any bitterness they will keep it mostly to themselves. I predict both will be dating by next summer. I bet Tom goes the Leo DiCaprio route and finds some 20 something model. Maybe Giselle will even date Leo again for a bit to relive some of the old days. I know Leo always wants to date children but I also think he never really got over Giselle leaving him

    • Jay says:

      I could see her agreeing to have coffee with Leo somewhere public, just to put herself out there once she’s on the market, but not as a real relationship, lol. Leo might go for it if he’s tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes!

    • ThisWitchIsntDead says:

      I don’t think he ever got over Gisele leaving him either. He has been repeating the same pattern with different women that started with their relationship ever since.

    • Josephine says:

      that’s a good point. both of them rely on having a good public image. as the woman she’ll be roasted immediately if it gets nasty and he has keep his mouth shut and his image mostly wholesome during his career. i think they’ll follow that route.

  11. TheOriginalMia says:

    Lol. This article has to be from Tom’s camp. The lawyers are making this nasty? How? By pushing ahead with the divorce, instead of allowing the season to finish when Tom can give it his full attention. Dude is playing like crap and ofc that’s Gisele’s fault for disturbing his TB12 in-season process. Gisele is done. The only thing that’s probably holding things up is property and assets. Tom isn’t going to push for full custody. Dude couldn’t deal. Nope. I bet the slow roll of this divorce is Tom not wanting to deal with it right now and Gisele not caring anymore about Tom’s wants and needs.

    ETA: Why would Gisele go back to Leo? She’s lived with an egomaniac for damn near 15 years. She can find someone new.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, I bet you’re right. Tom’s p*ssed that she didn’t wait until after this season to start divorce proceedings. How inconsiderate! Doesn’t she know how important football is to him?! Gotta love it. Team Gisele all the way.

  12. girl_ninja says:

    Team kids. But I definitely hope that Gisele is happy and free after all this. And Tom should get the piss. Selfish brat of a man.

  13. Chris says:

    Just in response to comments on my comment on abandonment, I have been through divorce and custody battle and it has nothing to do with gender or professional careers, the minute you decide to leave your home / children and flee to an apartment of your own you are guilty of abandonment and my lawyer made that very clear to me,; however I am sure different rules apply in family court for the rich and famous

    • BeanieBean says:

      Sorry that happened to you, but it also sounds like a screwed up court system. How is it considered abandonment if two people decide to split up & one moves out of the family home? You don’t want those two together in the same house, especially if there are kids.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      It sounds like you had a very painful & personal experience with this. I’m sorry for that.

      Legally speaking, in Florida merely leaving the residence would have little to no bearing on divorce or custody issues. My guess is Gisele would have talked to an attorney before leaving. Since they seem agreed about custody, this will be an untangling of assets, which shouldn’t be too difficult.

    • Mslove says:

      It’s abandonment if you’re financially supporting the kids and you leave them without notice, contributing no more money to their care, depending on what state you live in.

      • SomeChick says:

        sure, but that’s clearly not what’s going on here.

        the previous comment accusing Gisele of “abandoning” the kids was not framed in the legal sense. it’s a tired, age old smear used to attack any woman who doesn’t give up everything for her children. (who are also the children of some man!)

        if anyone has abandoned the family it’s Mr Football. he’s repeatedly put his career ahead of his family. that’s not gonna look great in family court either.

        the law is the law (and it varies from state to state) but that original comment came off as massive concern-trolling.

      • Jaded says:

        @SomeChick — thank you, I tried to post almost the exact same thing but for some reason my comment was deleted. @Chris went through a painful experience for sure, but to characterize this as a mother abandoning her family is def woman-shaming.

      • Mslove says:

        I was responding to Chris’s comment about the lawyer saying if you move out you’re guilty of abandonment. I certainly don’t think Gisele abandoned her children. This is about splitting up their assets.

    • detritus says:

      Leaving for an apartment doesn’t mean abandonment. Your lawyer was a quack, or there’s more to the story you aren’t sharing.

      It still doesn’t absolve you of the sexist language you used, which was most definitely not couched in legal terms.

  14. Robert Phillips says:

    I can see Tom’s ego wanting to make this messy. I can also see that before we heard any of this Giselle started putting everything in place. I’m sure she has proof and receipts for her side. Well before Tom even suspected anything. If he has good lawyers I’m sure they will tell him to shut up and just go along.

    • KC says:

      I doubt Tom was even able to suspect anything (like doesn’t have the emotional intelligence/self-awareness). He unretired from football (either without her knowledge or despite her disagreement) after she thought she was going to finally have a full-time marriage partner. Apparently they had an argument (I’m guessing it wasn’t the first) and he thought it would end the way all the others had with her conceding, falling back in line, and sucking it up. I think it’s a “the signs we’re there but he never saw it coming” type of situation.

      @Chris, I admit, the way this was initially reported I was aghast that Giselle abandoned the kids to spite Tom but on this side of everything it’s looking more like she realizes he’s not the partner she wanted or asked for and this marriage isn’t the team she thought it would be because Tom can only prioritize or identify with being part of a football team. I may have missed some stuff but I don’t get that this has anything to do with her having other business goals so much as being in love with a man who is more in love with his profession than being the life partner she finds she needs. She’s still going to mother her kids but she will no longer engage in a partnership with Tom where she has to exist as a single parent, she’d rather live in the reality of being a single parent and not have him reap the benefit of a partnership she didn’t agree to or want and serves Tom alone. That is an emotionally draining situation and she’ll likely be better able to care for her kids in a situation where she isn’t forced to live like that. I do think they love each other though and it makes this sad. So far he’s proven consistently that in FIFTEEN years he hasn’t figured out/ still doesn’t know how to love her in a way that she desires/finds meaningful so she is extricating herself from that situation where her well-being, and by extension the children’s, are continuously devalued. Seems fair to me.🤷🏾‍♀️

      • Jaded says:

        Great assessment KC. Tom is married to football first and foremost when, in fact, he should be married to Gisele first, and a much more present father for his kids. The reality of the situation is he’s too obsessed with his profession, his position as GOAT, and a stubborn belief that being a part-time husband and dad is enough. Gisele has always done the heavy lifting to support his career, and I think she was caught completely by surprise by his rescinding his promise to stop playing. She was clearly worried about the dangerous physical and mental impacts that are so prevalent in contact sports, and wanted him to be in good mental and physical health for many more years when he could devote more time to his family. He pulled that rug from under her feet and got the response he deserved.

    • Nia says:

      I think it will be quick because she’s richer than he is. I can’t see why his future earnings would matter if they have an airtight prenup. He isn’t handing over more money and neither would I. Giselle looks done and ready to move on. I hate Tom Brady but many sports wives live the same life. They pretty much take care of home life and the guy concentrates on sports but I’m surprised they split.

  15. Lola says:

    Tom Sasser is an excellent attorney. He teaches at all the Florida bar family law courses every year.

    He is not the kind of guy who’s gonna let this drag out in the press for long – he’ll try to put a lid on that.

    The trouble with a divorce law though is you can’t predict the other side so it really depends on Brady himself where he goes from here – not every family lawyer has scruples, and if he gets a diva to represent him (and like often hires like so that’s probable) this could stay a shitshow

    That’s the legal term yes

    By the way moving out doesn’t make you “guilty of abandonment.” Not supporting or seeing your kids for an extended time might but that alone doesn’t cut it

  16. Shirley says:

    I wonder what happened to them between their vacation in Italy during the end of June until now?
    They appeared very happy and loving.
    That was long after he announced he decided to play again. She did tweet her support of his decision at the time.
    I predict they will quietly reach a settlement.

  17. The Jester says:

    Most men would give away full custody of their children if it did not cost them any money; from the guy working retail to the billionaire, most men do not view the day-to-day rearing of children to be the man’s problem.

  18. Chris says:

    Reading some comments I see people misunderstood and I apologize if I came across woman shaming. I just assumed Gisele was / is “Primary caretaker,” as a court usually mentions. It’s just that comments say Tom is such a lousy parent, well then why would the other parent leave her children with such a person instead of taking children with her. I mean she left when they were just returning to school, and seems to be taking care of herself in Miami and I just got to say, why should someone have to retire at age 45. Most families have 2 working parents, so what?!

    • Emily_C says:

      Because he entirely devotes his life to football for at least 6 months every year. Because football is incredibly dangerous, and worse as you get older. Because he had another job lined up but decided to keep deserting his family and endangering his life instead. Because he cares about football and only football, and has made that very clear.

      You have a shovel and you keep on digging. Have fun with that.

    • Gelya says:

      She didn’t leave her children. She was trying to show him that his decisions affect the whole family unit. He was asking her to be a single Mom while he was on his pretend deployment playing football.
      I am sure she didn’t want to disrupt the kids lives in case things worked out and she could get back together with him.
      I am sure when she “left” she made sure the kids were setup for school, the transition would be easy for the kids and she was in constant contact with the children, teachers, doctors, nannies.
      She was trying to show Tom a taste of real life. Example kids come home from first day of school there is the extracurricular schedule he has to figure out, first day school supplies that need to be bought, changes to the school schedule, etc… You know first day of school things. I am sure he imploded. The kids gave up and called Mom who took care of it with ease.
      Tom is not a lousy parent. He is an absent one.
      I am married to a Tom Brady type. I had to do things like Giselle. My Tom Brady actually gets it. I never abandoned my child. I left for a break but was there 24-7 and my child was set up where it was more a fun vacation, while Dad had to take care of everything. I get where she is coming from. My husband has a dangerous job too. Giselle has been a single parent for a long time.
      Her kids are fine. They have their Mom at their beck and call and nobody has been abandoned except bratty Tom who can’t handle adulting.

    • detritus says:

      You were woman shaming. Still are.

  19. ohhey says:

    I think that there are other adults like nannies and personal assistant’s who have been in the kids lives. They will help take care of the kids when it’s Tom’s parenting time. Her stepson is fifteen, and if custody time is contested, the court will insist he has his own lawyer working in his best interest.

    The only child Gisele is losing is Tom Brady. He threw his wife away for the chance to go out on a Super Bowl win. Now he looks skeletal and his team isn’t doing well. He deserves this reality.

  20. Myeh says:

    He looked gaunt the last time I saw him on TV. The kind of gaunt you get from stress when you are beginning to realize just how badly you messed up and yet I feel his entitlement and privilege is just going to convince him how he’s the victim in all of this and how she has oppressed him….

  21. Barbara says:

    What could they possibly have to fight over? They each have millions. Tom got the house? Gizzy can just buy 4 other houses. Equal time for the kids. Easy peasy.