Gisele Bundchen ‘has lived her own life for years while Tom played football’

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen finalized their divorce last week, and they got the family court judge to sign off on everything last Friday. It seemed shockingly simple and straight-forward, so much so that I felt really sad for Gisele and mad at Tom on her behalf. She did so much to support him, to support his football career for so many years, and I still believe it was Tom’s un-retirement this spring which was the final nail in the coffin of their marriage. She was done after that. They spent the summer mostly apart, she moved out in August/September, and she hired a lawyer soon after. I don’t think Gisele is an angry person, but I bet she feels really hurt that Tom simply didn’t put up much of a fight. A thirteen-year marriage down the drain because Tom thinks he can still play football at an elite level at the age of 45. But Gisele is fine. We know because “sources close to Gisele” had a lot to say to People:

A source close to Gisele Bündchen says she is doing fine in light of her divorce from Tom Brady, in part because she is accustomed to doing things on her own. With the divorce, “Gisele is dealing with issues that have been plaguing her for a long time,” a source close to Bündchen tells PEOPLE. The source explains that the split from Brady, 45, “was hard at first” for Bündchen, 42, “but enough time has passed that she is settling in.”

The mother-of-two “has lived her own life for years while Tom played football so she is not afraid to do things by herself.”

Bündchen’s “main focus and priority” remain on the children, the source says. “Her mood is up and jovial around” son Benjamin Rein, 12½, and 9½-year-old daughter Vivian Lake, who the supermodel shares with Brady. “Gisele is great with her children and radiates happiness when either one or both are around,” the source says, adding that “having them with her has helped her move ahead.”

According to the insider, “nothing is more important than” to Bündchen than the children’s “happiness” during this time. “They will be with both parents and should come out of this in good shape.”

A second source tells PEOPLE that Bündchen “looked beautiful and seemed fine,” when she was spotted shopping with the kids in Miami Beach recently. “You would never know she was going through a split from her husband,” says the source. Additionally, the source tells PEOPLE that Bündchen “is also eager to continue with her own career and interests” now that she’s legally single. “She has a full plate and lots of support.”

[From People]

There are obviously people who are wondering which model or influencer Tom will end up with, but the way Gisele is moving on, some have theorized that she might have someone waiting in the wings. I don’t think Gisele cheated on Tom, mind you. But Gisele is a woman with options and she might have one of those options on the back burner. It will be interesting, no doubt.

Meanwhile, in his first weekend as a divorced single dad, Tom apparently had the kids. Tom took Benjamin and Vivian to Operation BBQ Relief, a sort of hot-food bank in Port Charlotte, Florida. Tom and the kids helped pass out food to people in need, like the people who survived the hurricane. A source dutifully told People: “Tom wanted to teach his kids about the importance of community service.” On Friday night, Tom also took the kids to see a movie.

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  1. Brassy Rebel says:

    The way he’s played this season, he was right to retire before unretiring. He could have ended his career on a high note and probably saved his marriage. Not that he seems to care about that.

  2. Noodle says:

    Tom’s retirement may have been the nail in the coffin, or it might have been his way of working through the divorce. T&G may have decided months ago to divorce, and maybe Tom came out of retirement because he needed something familiar to hold onto. Playing football has been his life for most of his life. Maybe he needed that distraction and something familiar to go to to deal with the emotions of the ending of his marriage. I’m still Team Gisele, but I could see him going back for one more year once he knew the marriage was over.

    • ABCD says:

      I was actually wondering the same thing. We really don’t know when they separated and it just makes as much sense that he went back from retirement because of the divorce

    • Green Desert says:

      ITA. Who knows how long this has been going on with them. Also, I would bet they, like many couples, had more problems than just the one (in their case, more than just football).

  3. Lucy says:

    Lainey featured a Twitter thread about how Giselle is a practicing witch, and losing her means all Tom’s playing mojo will be gone because it was her energy doing it. I would really love that for him.

    I find it interesting we don’t know where the kids are during the week and I hope they can keep that private. I hope Tom realizes the depth of what he’s done soon.

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      Lucy that would be fantastic. Bubble bubble toil and dude your game is in trouble. I wonder if he will ever realize the depths of what he has done? Is he deep enough as a man to even acknowledge it? He seems so so completely self absorbed my goodness.

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you for mentioning it because I found that fascinating and I will happily subscribe to this theory!

    • Yup, Me says:

      I’d heard, several years ago, that Gisele’s support on magical fronts contributed to Tom’s success- that she did things to help energetically prep for games.

      Even if that was the case, he also cheated so …

    • Mslove says:

      Gisele is a practicing witch? There’s a certain orange bad man still lurking around, Gisele. Just sayin.

    • ML says:

      I googled the article: that is absolutely wild @Lucy! Thanks. You know the important thing is what TB believes: if he thinks she was helping him win and now she’s not… I was completely unaware of this and now I’m sure that this is potentially an added psychological stressor from his divorce. And if his teammates think GB was helpful to them winning, this has got to really hurt! When I read this article, my first impression was that TB is publicly performing fatherhood. However, now I’m seriously wondering if he’s actually sending GB some kind of bat signal (late) that he’s listening and taking her seriously.

  4. goofpuff says:

    Tom Brady clearly thought he needed some good PR after the divorce so he dragged out his kids for a photo op and leaked their bonding movie time. I hope the Operation BBQ Relief got press and donations.

    • Coco says:

      Right this was such a PR move.

      • Noo says:

        Yeah he made good personal use of the bye week (and his own children) to prop up his public persona.

        He is so skinny this year, I know waaay back when he was drafted he wasn’t very muscular but this year his body looks so different than previous seasons. TB has always been very intentional about diet, was it an actual plan to lean up this much?

    • ML says:

      This was also my gut instinct: it’s pr. But after googling that Lainey article, TB seems rather convinced that his wife has helped him win in the embedded tiktok. So, maybe a huge message to GB that off the field he actually is a great father?

  5. Lurker25 says:

    This is all kinds of wrong but I legit thought “who’s the black guy with the kids” until I zoomed in on the pic…

    Yes it’s the lighting. But also, not? The kids look fine? (Very cute as you’d expect. Surprised they’re not blurred out.)
    Anyway…. What is going on with his face? He’s like melting and getting darker or something?

    • Athena says:

      @Lurker25, I thought the same thing. Even after zooming in I didn’t recognize the person next to the kids.

    • Aloise says:

      I was so confused, too. The kids don’t look different, so why does he? So weird. It’s just really weird, lightning not withstanding…

  6. Lady Keller says:

    Gisele will be just fine. I think most women do better after a divorce. Like, they finally have some time to focus on themselves and take care of themselves without a man-child to demand so much of their attention. Whereas most men actually flounder, unless they find a jump off, because suddenly they are left without someone to care for them. And all those little things their wives do for them turn into a gaping big hole.

    Tom will latch onto some younger budget model and force her to be his mommy. The whole world is Gisele’s for the taking. If she decides she wants a new man I predict she’ll trade up.

    • kgeo says:

      Yeah, I think women that have been married this long can just switch off because they get to that point. Like, she probably loved him and hoped he’d retire and then he just…didn’t and suddenly she was done. I’ve done that before.

    • SIde Eye says:

      @Lady Keller ITA. Yep before my divorce I did everything. My job. His job. Cleaning up/picking up after him and mothering this absent minded cheating ass professor. And now you have to come get your kid and mind them for like, an entire weekend. Mind you, he can’t seem to do that without an army of help (his mama, his daddy, his gf, aunts and uncles, etc.). Takes an army to replace a wife. Go figure.

      Financially I did better too. Now my money is my money and you don’t have access to it. No more taking out second mortgages without my knowledge. I own my home (we sold the marital one) I’m running things now and I can tell you what’s in my account to the penny.

      I see pics of me when my kid was 3 (right before we divorced) and I could cry! My skin. A hot mess. I was super thin. The stress of his BS was unbearable. He was sucking the life out of me. And now my skin is clear, I’m back to a healthy weight. I look happy. Now he’s the one who looks old, tired, is at an unhealthy weight, etc.

      People who say Jen Gardner isn’t over Ben don’t get it. Once you have a Ben in your life, you’re so relieved some other sucker is willing to take that on and you are no longer that sucker. Giselle is going to be so much better now.

  7. Connie says:

    It’s a good thing Tom moved to the Buccaneers b/c Gisele can coparent easily from Miami. I don’t think she would have enjoyed co-parenting from Boston as much. How amazing if that was her long game all along? See the writing on the wall, get him to sign with Bucs or Dolphins and peace the fuck out to Miami.

  8. ChillinginDC says:

    Imagine getting divorced because your former wife wanted you to be a more present partner and parent.

    • J says:

      This happens all the time unfortunately

      • jjva says:

        No lie. I am one of those former wives. My ex could have picked up 25% of the parenting and household stuff and I would have been ecstatic. But he wouldn’t, I left, and now he gets 50% of the parenting and 100% of that shitty house, and I get to not worry about his dumb ass anymore

      • ChillinginDC says:

        I know it just makes me sad. What a mess.

    • AppleCart says:

      I used to have a support role with an accountant who dealt with high level divorces. You have no idea how many parents biggest fight. Was no one wanted to take the kids.

      One of the reasons I quit. I couldn’t stomach dealing with these rich obnoxious people anymore. Good for Gisele she gave Tom every chance in the world to step up. He didn’t so she stepped out. Tom may be an emotionally empty vessel. But he did choose good Baby Mamas.

  9. Summer says:

    I do wonder how they’re planning to have joint custody when they’re living in separate cities. That seems like a lot of moving around for the kids, and don’t they need to be mainly located where they go to school?

  10. Nicegirl says:

    Loving Gisele living unbothered

  11. dlc says:

    how long of a gap was there between Leo and Tom. That could be a clue to how long before Giselle gets a new partner.

  12. Cassie says:

    Gisele was never single for a long time in her life.
    Tom Brady (2007 – 2022). Kelly Slater (2005 – 2006). Ricardo Mansur (2002). Leonardo DiCaprio (1999 – 2005). Scott Barnhill (1998 – 1999). João Paulo Diniz (1997 – 1998).

  13. Carolnr says:

    Tom Brady, himself.admitted to not being there for birthdays, holidays, weddings, & funerals. I don’t think that this is going to be such as huge adjustment for Giselle & their children.

  14. jferber says:

    Well, if Gisele IS a practicing witch (and a model), her first act would surely be to strip him of his looks? I kind of like this for him, though. As Shakespeare famously said, in the end we lose everything. So why should he retain pretty boy looks for life? It’s not natural.