Tom Brady & Gisele already finalized the terms of their divorce & got it done

When I wrote about Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen last weekend, I ended the post with “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.” My gossip mojo was mostly right – the only thing I got wrong was the timeline. I just didn’t buy that Tom and Gisele’s separation was contentious at all – Tom was making a big sad-sack deal about how he felt “abandoned” and Gisele was clearly telegraphing the fact that she had been done for months, but it never felt like they were going to have some big divorce war. In the end, they did not go to war. They worked with a mediator before anything was filed in family court, and they managed to work everything out in about two months or less.

On Friday, TMZ broke the news that Gisele and Tom had already reached a settlement on joint custody of their children, plus all of their real estate holdings. The terms of the settlement are confidential and sealed, but it didn’t seem like a huge fight. They started working with a mediator in “early September” and came to an agreement on everything last week. Everything is being filed in Florida, where Tom is Tampa-based and Gisele is newly Miami-based. The court signed off on the mediated agreement and so now Tom and Gisele are already legally single. Here’s People’s coverage:

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady quickly got a jump on their divorce, with the former couple finalizing the terms of their split the same day they filed. The divorce paperwork was submitted on Friday morning and approved by a judge soon after, rendering both Brady and Bündchen single.

Quick divorces are rare, but not unheard of, according to NYC divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman of Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP, who is not connected to Brady or Bündchen. “They had already entered into a settlement agreement, which typically includes both financial and custodial issues,” Newman tells PEOPLE. “By the time it was filed, they already had custody, child support, alimony figured out.”

After the couple negotiated the terms of their split, a judge had to give a final approval.

“After a couple agrees on everything, the judge takes a look at the agreement and approves it,” says Newman. “There are situations where judges reject the agreement, usually in a child support situation. But that happens rarely, and usually if the child support seems to be skewed. But that clearly isn’t an issue here.”

Sources told PEOPLE that that the couple had agreed on the terms by Friday morning.

“The settlement is all worked out,” a source with knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE. “They’ve been working on the terms this whole time.” The source added: “They agreed to joint custody of the kids.”

In a statement posted to his Instagram story, Brady, 45, said that they made the decision to divorce “amicably.”

“In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage,” Brady wrote. “We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together.” Additionally, the athlete said he and Bündchen, 42, decided “to end” their marriage “after much consideration.”The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told fans that he and Bündchen are “blessed with beautiful and wonderful children” who the couple will continue to “work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.”

Brady stated that separating from his wife is, “of course, painful and difficult, like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world.” He continued: “However we wish only the best for each other as we pursue new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written. We kindly ask for privacy and respect as we navigate what is to come in the days and weeks ahead.”

Bündchen also shared a statement on Instagram, saying that they had “grown apart,” but also said they came to the decision to divorce “amicably.”

“The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we have grown apart and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always.”

[From People]

Even though they’ve both been telegraphing this split for two full months, it still comes as a surprise that A) they worked everything out so quickly, B) they got the court to sign off on the divorce immediately and C) Gisele seems to be completely and totally over Tom already. Personally, I think Gisele did hope that Tom would at least put up a fight for her and for their marriage, and she’s probably a little disgusted that he has not. She said “we should get a divorce” and he was like “okay.” I’m a little bit disgusted with him myself – Gisele was a good wife, she worked really hard to make the marriage work for years, she ran their house and raised their children and when she was upset that he went back on his word, he didn’t even fight for her. It’s sad.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Tom was on that plane with Ben Affleck and the nanny. He probably has “babes” lined up to “ service” his ugly ass. And he has moolah for a nanny. He doesn’t care if Gisele goes. Most of these men have an insert-ho-here type of mentality when it comes to partners or spouses. And he never changed since he cheaated on Bridget with Gisele. Probably cheated on Gisele throughout too and with the next dumb spouse who believes he loves her so much he’d never step out on her. Gisele has seemingly nice kids, but Tom was a whole waste of her time.

    • goofpuff says:

      Agreed. I am sure he has been cheating this whole time. He has always been very self centered.

    • Lizzie says:

      According to this logic, this Gisele was the h0e that Tom guy cheated with. The he married the h0e and cheated on her with another one.
      I say, nothing lost, nothing gained, they will both find someone else, in line with their refined taste.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Lizzie, Thatsnotok was talking specifically about Tom’s attitude toward women.
        No one here believes that. Unfortunately, the attitude that some men have about women is growing because of the extremists in this country. The far right is doing everything they can to diminish women.

      • Lorelei says:

        Even though @SomeChick and @Saucy already covered this, I need to weigh in because @ThatsNotOkay has been a regular poster here for a long time, and anyone who’s familiar with her comments knew exactly what she meant.

        As Saucy said, ThatsNotOkay was clearly referring to how idiots like Tom Brady view women, not how she does or how the vast majority of us here do. FFS

        She’s not some random troll who appeared out of nowhere, unlike “PrinceFokFace” here

    • petee says:

      He never cheated on Bridget.They were already split when Tom and Gisele where introduced to each other.When they found out Bridget was pregnant they had a long talk that maybe they should split but they were already involved with each other and decided to make it work somehow.I don’t know why everyone believes the cheating story.Trust me I am not a fan of his or football for that matter.

  2. Eurydice says:

    I’m not disgusted with either of them. How they conduct their private lives is their business and they way they’ve conducted their public lives has been for the most part bland and low key. Just as their divorce is bland and low key – and for that I applaud them.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Bundchen dressing herself in a burqua to hide her plastic surgery visits isn’t low-key or bland to me. I consider that choice disgusting. He’s also beneath contempt with his behavior and sports cheating. He should have been banned from competition for life.

      • Eurydice says:

        Whatever, there are only so many things I can get angry about in a day, and these two aren’t it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I get that, but their combined behavior disgusts me. I see nothing praiseworthy about either of them, not even how they’ve handled their divorce.

      • Jaded says:

        Going for plastic surgery in a burka was her business. She’s a model and her face is her fortune. It’s not like she was going to some extra-marital assignation hiding in a burka. Save your contempt for real issues, their marital problems seems to have been resolved quickly and respectfully, and both are getting on with their lives amicably for their children’s sake. For all Brady’s faults, he got what he deserved.

      • Lizzie says:

        I think she looks better with her plastic face than her original face. Prolly thats what got her to earn a fortune, im not sure what else she would be able to do if she didnt buy a new face. She d be working in Starbucks and not marry a rich athlete. You see what I mean.

      • Lady D says:

        LOL, Eurydice.

      • Sugarhere says:

        @NOTasugarhere: If I recall well, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was also “beneath contempt” in your eyes, as is a long list of human beings whose words and actions are not customized to fit your radically intolerant expectations. How difficult is it to understand that had Gisele Bundchen been granted minimal privacy and not been stalked by paparazzis while going to a surgical appointment, she would not have resorted to such a ridiculous stunt?

        Your ruthless logic and sanctimonious Old-Testament-god approach to every situation is quite off-putting, so I doubt unforgiving people like you are good judges of character.

      • notasugarhere says:

        GB wearing a burqua to conceal her plastic surgery is disgusting, and yes, she could have found another way to stay private. And my opinion of Mary hasn’t changed in almost 20 years of watching her. She is the original Kate Middleton – just as bland, grasping, accepting of a cheating husband, and title-hungry. Some women stan that, others don’t. (Thank you, Dawn)

    • Kyle says:

      Well, notasugarhere never was not a contrarian after all…instead of being disgusted with this and that, finding things to be outraged about, ever consider, I don’t know, LIVING?! Getting out in the world?! I have to agree with you, Eurydice. Could’ve been messy beyond belief, and thus far, it’s been relatively tame.

      • Dawn says:

        I agree that Gisele wearing a burka to get plastic surgery is disgusting and reeks of privilege. She wore her burka in a country that banned Muslim women from wearing hijabs and burkas but she was able to wear one and did not face any repercussions. I

    • Josephine says:

      They’re famous so even the bland divorce works against them. I’m amused by all of the conspiracy theories and speculations by so many people. I get it, it’s gossip and it’s fun to a degree, but when the two people getting divorced are relatively civil we sure try hard to fill in some nastiness for them!

  3. truthSF says:

    I think this all was resolved so quickly because Gisele made it happen so quickly. She’s been a successful businesswoman since she was a teen. And I bet 💯% the marriage was a success for so long mostly because she made it a success. Once he went back on his promise to be there for her and their kids, she was out out!

    I’m so glad she’s free of his MAGA loving ass! She’s definitely in a better place now.

    • Jegede says:

      I think Kaiser is right.

      IMO, Gisele hoped a divorce talk would be a ‘wake up’ call for Tom to redirect.

      I do think she wanted to keep the family together.

      I mean Gisele’s sister was still liking Tom’s Insta posts on Oct 13th.

      (I personally believe there’s more to this than football, but that’s another matter🤐).

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree, when he went back on his commitment to retire, she was done, didn’t want to fight over anything, just wanted to be done.
      They both have money, they’ll share custody of the kids, I would imagine there’s a prenup, pretty simple.

  4. Alexandria says:

    Meh Giselle will be fine.

    Pete Davidson, where ru?

  5. vanna says:

    good for them, but it’s really sad how TB didn’t have an ounce of effort in him to keep her. bet the next guys she dates will simp hard for her

    • Barbara says:

      How could she expect him to have the energy to fight for her, didn’t she know the Bucs have been tanking?! /s

      It’s too bad David Gandy is taken, could you imagine him with Gis? lol

    • Kate says:

      This behavior explains exactly why she decided she was done imo

  6. ML says:

    Well done Gisele! She’s more famous and wealthier (and probably more intelligent) than her famous, wealthy ex and managed a relatively non-acrimonious divorce in the public eye while making it perfectly clear that she was ready to put herself first after his long football career. She really handled this well—all the best to her and the kids.

  7. Lolo86lf says:

    I have noticed that when couples get divorced for many reasons other than a partner cheating (most of the times the husband is the one who cheats) the divorce happens smoothly. No big drama happens. No bitter fights in court for child custody or support. Cheating is by far the reason for divorce that brings the worst out of the wronged partner.

    • Lens says:

      I think the ‘cheating’ happens when the marriage is mostly over for both. The trick is to wait to go public (even within your own personal circle) with it until your marriage is legally over. I don’t think the Olivia and Jason split would have been so acrimonious if she just kept her relationship with Harry under wraps – from everybody -at least until after the movie came out.

    • Emily_C says:

      Abuse is what makes divorces most terrible, because the abuser likes to draw everything out and use the process to further abuse. See: Brad Pitt. As for cheating, the person who cheated is often much more acrimonious than the person cheated on.

      I think in this case, only Gisele ever really cared about the marriage. So when she was done, it was done. Tom only cares about football.

  8. Snuffles says:

    They will both have no problem finding new partners. There will be endless women lining up to be his next football wife. And Giselle is GISELLE.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      I am willing to bet anything she will land herself a billionaire!

      • Julia K says:

        This comment seems so disrespectful to me. Any person who has their own career, their own money and can effectively advocate for themselves won t need to ” land” anyone. Life goes on post divorce and there should be no societal pressure to land a new partner, billionaire or not.

      • Emily_C says:

        Ick I hope not. Billionaires are gross and ugly.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Julia, I really think @Lolo86LF was just being facetious with that comment, lol, and you took it overly literally

      • Startup Spouse says:

        Lauren Sanchez looking around nervously.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Startup Spouse, LMFAOOOOO

  9. vs says:

    It seems hard to believe they got divorce because he started playing again! I think something else was going on with them! I hope they would have made it but 13 years is long and a good number of years; all the best to Gisele and the kids

    • Cate says:

      I would guess that Giselle was feeling frustrated/checked out for a while and held on hoping that they could reconnect and find their mojo again post-retirememt. Then once he was like “oh, not retiring!”, she was out. She’d been waiting for that retirement for a LONG time, in interviews she has made it clear she doesn’t like how much he gets injured or how much time he spends away from the kids. I get the sense that Tom is almost like an addict, only it’s football instead of drugs or alcohol. He won’t figure out how to live without his addiction, there’s only so long she should reasonably be expected to put up with that.

    • Louise177 says:

      I seriously doubt that Gisele left because of football. It’s more of a symptom that caused other problems. When Tom un-retired it was the last straw. I think the divorce happened so quickly because there’s nothing to fight about. I don’t think Tom really cares about anything but football. They both have a huge amount of money on their own, Tom seems like he would be content with being a weekend father(outside of football season), I don’t think there’s any property issues.

    • Kebbie says:

      I think his un-retiring is just a symptom of his larger flaws, his selfishness, his ego, the fact that he’s been an inattentive husband and father for over a decade. Those are likely the qualities she finally started seeing in him and what truly led to the divorce.

  10. Basi says:

    Something was bothering me about this (I know, lol) and it’s bc he didn’t fight for her. It’s sad. Bet their marriage worked bc she made it so.

    • Giddy says:

      He didn’t fight for her, nor did he fight for their family. To me that’s the big thing, that he didn’t fight for their family unit. At some point he’ll retire, maybe sooner than expected. Then, he’ll probably find himself in a series of empty relationships, and maybe regret the loss of a loving and supportive family.

    • Therese says:

      Giddy and Basi, I agree. I have no investment in them, and yet I feel so sad that they divorced. I’ve never been fond of Giselle, and yet I feel that she loved him very much and did a great job as wife and mother, and sacrificed herself, gave of herself to the children and Tom. And my thoughts exactly, I just keep thinking, he didn’t fight for their marriage. I can’t believe he went back on a promise and went back to football. I’m just sad, and sad for Giselle, she gave so much and contributed to making the marriage and family work. Makes Tom look bad. I do wonder, though, if there were other issues. Can he be that vapid? Could he really have been so dishonorable as to go back on an agreement with his long-suffering wife and just been a dope and said, oh, I think I’ll go back after all.

      And yes, one day I think he will regret it, and if he has any sense at all, he may regret it terribly.

  11. ML says:

    I read an article in a NY tabloid that mentioned Gisele had purchased a modest Miami house back on February 28 and hired someone to redo the interior of this place on June 10 yesterday. It’s interesting to me that this info came out after the divorce, and so I looked into those dates. GB and TB’s wedding anniversary was February 26–so something must have really ticked her off for her to purchase a house 2 days later. This is before TB officially said he was returning to football mid March. The required mini Bucs camp was June 7-9. On June 9, football reporters noticed that TB did not deny involvement with the Miami Dolphins—officially this was made public in the beginning of August. According to some football rumors, Gisele was furious/blindsided because she did not know about the whole ownership/ potential player deal TB was discussing with Miami. That might be true, because the day after TB avoided denying the Miami rumor in June, she hired someone to redo her modest Miami home. So she’s been laying the steps to leave him for a long time and she was able to do it discreetly.

    • Julia K says:

      I wonder if the home purchase was to legally establish residency in her own name. The house does not lend itself to security. I don’t see her and the children living there and putting themselves in harm’s way.

      • ML says:

        @Julia K, I didn’t google the house, but in September (or late August) we learned she was no longer living with TB, so I assumed when I read this that this was her home at the moment. GB seems to think things through and she also seems to be able to keep her business private. Maybe she has a new place now?

      • LooneyTunes says:

        If she was in Florida, she was a legal resident, even without owning property. Spouses are considered one person, legally. Maybe it’s an investment?

    • Lucy says:

      That’s very interesting, thanks for looking up the dates! I can see some sort of bad anniversary sparking her starting to look around for ways to ease out. The decorating I would think was her making steps to show him she was serious.

      • ML says:

        I also think she was easing out, but ready to return if TB showed himself worthy of her @Lucy. There are pap shots from the end of June where they’re eating ice cream (!) on vacation in Italy and the relationship doesn’t seem disastrous. So her redecorating an apartment is something I agree with you on—I think she got everything ready but would have stopped the divorce at that point if things changed.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s possible he un-retired for financial reasons if he realized the marriage was in serious trouble, that is if it would protect his huge broadcast deal $ from being seen as hers too. If so, playing another year or so of football nets him far less that he’d have to divide than the broadcast contract. (Just a theory, as I know none of the details and they may actually already have an agreement that covers this making it a moot point or it may be that she has a right to some of these earnings because the deal is already done.)

      If she was making odd moves to buy this house with a divorce in mind (which could’ve been for a sister or other relatives too, not a divorce), then he may have been making odd moves in his career with a divorce in mind too.

      We just don’t know what happened and people are drawing conclusions based on events, but it doesn’t mean the cause and effect was the un-retiring then the divorce because of it.

      • ML says:

        Given the dates and public reactions to information, I don’t believe that TB was trying to leave his marriage at all. February 25, THR reported that TB is going to be in the “80 for Brady” film. So there’s money in his pocket. TB was really quiet about his absence from training camp in August. Later we heard that GB wasn’t with him during that time—he did not want that public. GB gave him an anemic “let’s go bucs” for his first game and then stopped cheering. He “hoped” she’d attend his first home game in late September. He was “sad” and upset that she was taking the initiative (he was used to winning) after she filed for divorce in October. He called her his “wife” in his divorce announcement. This guy was not looking to separate legally from GB. As to football, maybe there were some other issues, but the football events (mini camp, training camp, games) seem to have driven GB to take actions to separate from TB, and she voiced her concerns in the September magazine spread.

  12. ThatGirlThere says:

    I think it’s wise that they did all this quickly and without dragging it out. To me it shows that they both knew it was done. I respect how Giselle wasn’t going to continue to hold out hope that her husband would change. I do think she wanted a true partner and he treated his family like accessories.

  13. Scout says:

    So Tom let his wife and children leave for….maybe 3 or 4 more years of football? What a spoiled, selfish man.

  14. Mcmmom says:

    My divorce from my first husband took 4 months. In our state, 2 months are required, so we doubled that, but it was still really fast. My ex was already dating the woman who would become his second wife before our divorce was finalized (which is fine with me. She had nothing to do with our split and his happiness is better for our kids), so he and I had both moved on emotionally before the ink was dry. I know every situation is different, but I side eye these lengthy divorces and wonder which one is having trouble letting go.

  15. Well Wisher says:

    They knew it was over and acted like grown ups.

    Sad but real.

    The death of an idea is painful, and they chose to heal privately.

    Good on them.

    Best wishes to all.

    • Twin Falls says:

      +1 I hope we never find out more than we know now.

      • a mascarada says:

        + 2

        May the kids have what’s best of they could give them individually, and from their extended family as well.
        And what @Twin Falls said, that nothing nasty ever comes up. Let them all move on and adapt to their new situation as best as they can.

  16. Jayne says:

    I’m actually starting to think that Tom’s “return” to football was because they decided the marriage was over, rather than the return being what ended things. If they were splitting, and he knew that, then the #1 reason for him staying retired was no longer there.

    • dkw says:


      That makes so much more sense!!!

      I don’t know where this silly narrative that they divorced because he unretired came from.

      He came home from his quote unquote “deployment”. There was nothing there, so he left again.

    • Gewels says:

      That makes sense 🤷🏾 maybe the marriage was over bar the shouting.
      They both stopped pretending I would suppose. They both got what they wanted and it was over.
      That’s life.
      Good for them and their children that they decided on joint custody, and sorted their shit out in good form.

    • JCallas says:

      That’s what I think too.

    • Mcmmom says:

      Bingo – I think you are absolutely correct, Jayne. Their marriage probably worked ok when they were busy and distracted and apart, but once they spent any real time together, they realized it didn’t work. I can see why marriage to him would feel like drudgery.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes. I’m picturing him being at home most of February with his supposed retirement sinking in and them both realizing the disconnect and strain wasn’t just about football season. It all culminating in a tense anniversary dinner that devolved into an unpleasant convo that didn’t even have the heart to become a fight where he said, “I’m giving up football for you. What more do you want?” Her replying,, with no malice or bitterness, “You shouldn’t.” And them both knowing it was over.

    • Abby says:

      This is an angle I hadn’t considered. I wonder if you’re right!

  17. candy says:

    I think she’s bored to death of him, end of story. She didn’t grow up in the US and he’s as bland vanilla as they come. She was willing to make it work if he conceded his career (a big ask). But he is one of those typical selfish guys, not going to compromise but brings the money and expects wifey to be content with that.

    • Angry Bird says:

      Right. Tom strikes me as a one-trick pony: he does football and that’s it. Outside of football, I question whether he has any other passions or interests. He is not well-rounded. I don’t think there are many layers to him.

      Gisele, on the other hand, is well-rounded and worldly. Gisele has traveled outside the US and her career took her around the world. She is curious about people and cultures. We know that she practices yoga, that she spends time outdoors, rides horses, is spiritual, and values family.

      There’s an imbalance when it comes to personal growth and priorities. I think she married him thinking he would become more interesting with time. Didn’t happen.

      Note that Tom referred to Gisele as “my wife” in his public statement. Not anymore, buddy.

      • Thinking says:

        Can you reach being the greatest of all time in a sport like football without being one-sided?

        Maybe some athletes are slightly more sophisticated than others, but generally athletes at the highest levels of any sport seem to have the tendency to be one-sided in order to reach whatever level of greatness is expected of them.

        That said, I have my doubts he’ll find a partner as equally and authentically committed to him and devoted as Giselle was. So I do think he’s a little crazy for not fighting for his marriage to work.

  18. TheOriginalMia says:

    Tom put less effort into saving his marriage than he did on his training regiment. I think it happened so quickly because Giselle was done. D-O-N-E! After years of Tom’s promises, a move to a new city and a complete reversal on his retirement plans with pending Fox broadcasting/secret shady Miami Dolphins ownership deal, she must have felt like a fool for believing him.

    Enjoy your freedom and your kids, Giselle. I’ll enjoy Tom’s terrible season.

    • JustBitchy says:

      Agree. Gisele is no longer carrying around a husband who she probably started to see for what he really is. Both are greatest in their fields, and that takes a lot (both good and bad traits IMO). I would imagine Gisele will find an extremely wealthy non American that shares her values (and can match her drive). Tom will find an extremely devoted young woman and probably have another kid or two with her before he actually retires and his brain injury truly unfolds.

  19. Kokiri says:

    I kinda think they didn’t split so fast because he went back to football, but rather that he retired in the first place.
    Then she looked at him & thought “not for the next 40 yrs, no way”.

    And left his ugly sorry ass. He went back to football to assuage his massive ego.

  20. Ramona says:

    I applaud them for doing the divorce low key but I am really surprised because they were papped in June of this year in Italy with their kids and they seemed super happy…so what went wrong ? And I don’t think it was the unretirement…. I wish them the best and I hope Gizelle will continue to have a relationship with his eldest

  21. Nobody says:

    I wonder which of them will be seen in public eating peppers and tomatoes first.

  22. Rachel says:

    First time poster but I’ve read celebitchy FOREVEE:) I’ll admit I’m captivated by this whole thing. My suspicion is that Tom is already showing signs of CTE. Gisele has pretty much telegraphed her worry about that plus Tom constantly losing it on the field. It could 100% be because he is losing games and going through a divorce but the dude has played for 20 years. I wonder if he is really starting to show signs of CTE at home, maybe even getting scary at moments but STILL won’t retire because he’s in denial. Who knows….but signs are there.

    • dlc says:

      Rachel, I’ve been wondering that as well.

    • Jaded says:

      This could very well be. He’s lost his temper numerous times on the field, thrown things, screamed at other players, he’s not handled his role with the Buccaneers very well. Can’t imagine what he must be like in the locker room. I’m sure it’s spilled over into his home life and Giselle finally had enough.

    • Qtpi says:


      I have a relative that played QB in the NFL for years (not famous) and he had many horrible hits over the years. He has since had unusual health problems like a stroke etc.

      Tom was getting blows to the head starting in elementary school I’m sure. For most of his playing life the gear and rules weren’t nearly as good as they are now. And even what is in place now won’t prevent CTE. If you read up on it it is a total nightmare (way more than I even realized from news articles) She is peacing out of the next 30 years of that. If he lives that long.

    • Gag says:

      I have thought about this too. CTE is cumulative and degenerative in my experience and changes over time. My dad rages less 40 years after his career ended but his distractibility, sort of obsessive behaviors , and complete forgetfulness have gotten a LOT worse.

      I hope the kids are ok (CTE destroyed the mental health of me and my siblings) .

      • bisynaptic says:

        I’m so sorry for what you’ve had to go through. CTE + testosterone is a very toxic combination.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s a very tough thing for children to live through, in my experience. Spouses and other family/friends too.

        Due to my experience, I’ve been wondering the same thing for a long time Rachel. Even before Giselle started voicing her concern.

        On one hand edge knee who she married and that Rick was part of the deal, but maybe he wanted to play after some medical event warning him not to and that’s the last straw.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Rachel, OMG! That hadn’t occurred to me, but it makes so much sense! Giselle has made a LOT of comments about his injuries, his ability to be there for his family in the future, etc.

      My best friend’s son has been playing football since the earliest age they allowed it in his school district, and he’s gotten injured and had to go to the ER more times than I can count. On top of that, a cardiologist discovered he has a (mild/fairly common, but still) underlying heart condition, but still cleared the child to continue to play (!). I was appalled, but I refuse to criticize other people’s parenting, no matter how hard it is to hold my tongue sometimes when she talks about it.

      It’s difficult for me to understand why anyone would put their child in that sort of unnecessary danger, but I have to acknowledge that my own son isn’t at all athletically inclined (to say the least, lol) and he’s only on the track team, so idk what it would be like to have a child who desperately wanted to play football, saw all of his friends playing football, and not understanding why *his* parents were saying no. So it’s hard for me to put myself in her place— but I really hope that I would take this sh!t seriously and not allow my kid anywhere near a football field.

      TBH I can’t believe it’s even still legal for children that young to play football, because with each year we’re learning so much more about how dangerous it is— and the violent actions associated with CTE sometimes don’t manifest for years or even decades (hi OJ).

      I know it’s culturally huge in the south, so I doubt it’s going anywhere soon, but I hope that more and more parents become aware of CTE and protect their children from it.

      Rachel, please keep commenting! (:

      • Rachel says:

        Every commentator says the same thing….this isn’t the normal Tom Brady. You KNOW if he is acting like that on the field he is WAY WAY worse at home. That’s the sad part. I was reading articles from 5 years ago when Brady was 40 saying how dangerous it was for him to play for another 5 years. Maybe his body could handle it but his brain and hit after hit…….that catches up to anyone getting hit 1,000 to 1,500 times each season they play. The articles also said that Brady’s teams have NEVER listed him as having a concussion but in 2018 Giselle said that he has had a concussion every year he’s played. It was a big controversy. Players won’t say cause they don’t want to be pulled out. That was 5 YEARS AGO!! Crazy. It will be the hardest on the kids for sure.

      • AnneL says:

        I raised my two kids in Houston, and my son is a good athlete and very into sports. Loads of boys played football, though not quite as many as played Little League baseball. I kid you not when I say that out of at least 40 boys in his grade in elementary school, only ONE did not play Little League.

        But football was the only sport my husband and I would not let him play. We saw how many of my son’s friends and classmates got injured. A broken bone here, a fractured one there, etc. Then there was the fact that they were playing in full gear in early Autumn Houston weather where the temperatures were often above 90. Heat stroke was always a concern.

        It is just not worth the risks. Brady has already had a stellar career. He has SB rings and plenty of money. I don’t know if his “un-retirement” was the sole or even primary reason for the divorce. I’m sure it’s more complicated than that. But it sure didn’t help.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Rachel, that’s interesting, I don’t follow sports at all and didn’t know that they report injuries…or that they’re expected to report them, but probably try to hide a lot.

        I first became aware of the connection between football and later violent behavior after listening to a podcast about Aaron Hernandez; I don’t remember the name, but it was very well done and incredibly sad.

        There is an *excellent* article about this in the Washington Post; I tried posting the link, but it didn’t go through.
        It’s the first story that comes up if you Google “Aaron Hernandez CTE,” though, and I really recommend it. The headline is, “Aaron Hernandez suffered from most severe CTE ever found in a person his age”

    • Abby says:

      This is another element I can’t stop thinking about. Wondering if he has or has signs of CTE. That disease is so sad, and it shows up in such weird ways. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  23. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    The thought just occurred to me: I wonder if they even had sex while he was ‘deployed’? Some professional athletes don’t while they’re competing.
    Can you imagine?: not being able to eat fruit, carbs, and no sex for most months out of the year? Yeah, Giselle has BEEN done done.

    • ML says:

      Wow @Queen Meghan’s Hand, you were on to something.
      Furthermore, not funny, but GB has mentioned TB’s (unregistered) concussions. CTE as those above discussed, possibly was also a factor.
      And also, as mentioned above and by @Kaiser, GB seemed really reluctant to actually go through with the divorce until it was -absolutely clear- that TB wouldn’t do his part for their relationship. She really gave him every chance to step up (while setting up her exit strategy) and he just didn’t.

  24. Cara Reynolds says:

    The one I feel for the most is John, his oldest with Bridget. Will his life with his siblings change drastically? Or will Bridget have to share custody with 2 people? Not my problem, but I feel bad for the kid.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Cara, that was my first thought, too. He seems to have a genuinely good, close relationship with both Giselle and his siblings, so hopefully they’ll continue to include him.

      I went to law school with someone who, years and years ago, had been living in an apartment in NYC with Bridget Moynahan way back in the day when they were both aspiring models, and she was still friendly with and in touch with Bridget when this whole scandal broke. She’s always had nothing but good things to say about Bridget.

      I remember feeling so sorry for Bridget at the time, thinking how awful it would be not only to be cheated on (I know Tom & Giselle tried to blur the timeline, but there *was* cheating), but to be cheated on PUBLICLY, while you’re PREGNANT, and with GISELLE of all people! Now I look at Bridget and think “bullet dodged.” Of course she still has to deal with Tom to some extent because of their son, but at least she processed all of her personal heartbreak over this idiot years ago.

    • Mcmmom says:

      No, Bridget will not share custody with two people. Legally, Giselle has no rights or obligations to her former stepson.

  25. Dawn says:

    I have felt Tom was creepy since I saw that video of him lying on a massage table in only a towel and forcing his clearly uncomfortable son John to kiss him on his mouth and when it wasn’t long enough of a kiss, he made him kiss him again on his mouth. I am not saying he is a creeper, but it gave off creepy vibes.

  26. Jay says:

    The home in Miami could also have been connected to the rumours that Tom was going to be part of some minority ownership deal with the Dolphins. Then, there was a lot of scandal with their former coach (Brian Flores, who was with the Pats for years) suing them over wrongful dismissal, as well as racism, and there were whispers about possible claims of tampering/ tanking behind the scenes… One theory is maybe Tom floated retirement as leverage with the Bucks for a trade to the Dolphins, and it didn’t work out like he’d hoped. There’s something messy here, and I hope Flores gets his day in court.

  27. JRenee says:

    I think she expected some type of compromise and he didn’t move toward it. She refers to him as Tom in her public announcement, he refers to her as his wife. Tom hasn’t processed it yet.
    His fans have been extra nasty in the various comments I’ve read. Of course we don’t have the details but Tom doesn’t appear to be a man that can be without a a strong female partner. Now who has primary custody? Will the kids stay close to their half brother?
    This has to be a big change for all 3 children…

  28. K8erade says:

    I’d like to see more divorces like this than see them dragged out all day long. I don’t think much of Tom as a person and I think it’s good Gisele is rid of him. I truly hope she can thrive now. As for the rest, I hope they hold themselves accountable to their words and focus on the kids. And honestly what more do we need to know than the fact they’re divorced. It’s over. They deserve peace and we deserve a break from this line of gossip.

  29. HeyKay says:

    I’m surprised how quick this went.
    I bet the divorce lawyers are disappointed that it went so easily. Not so many billable hours as the drag out fighting divorces. lol

    What’s going to happen to the $20-$25M custom home they were building? I bet the builder is crying his eyes out..No! Can’t we all try again?