It’s all about teamwork. Gisele BündchenOpened about Tom Brady‘s return to the NFL amid speculation that his brief retirement put a strain on the pair’s marriage.
“I’ve done my part, which is [to]Be there [Tom],” the supermodel, 42, explained in her October 2022 ElleThe cover story was published online on Tuesday September 13. “I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my children to grow up in and to be there supporting him and his dreams. Seeing my children succeed and become the beautiful little humans that they are, seeing him succeed, and being fulfilled in his career — it makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job on that.”
The Brazilian native, who was 45 at the time, married Brady in 2009. The couple has a son Benjamin, 12 years old, and Vivian, 9 years old. They moved to Florida in 2020 when Brady signed as a quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady announced his retirement earlier in the year, after more then two decades of playing pro football. “I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition – if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game,” he wrote via Instagram in February. “There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years.”
At the time, the California native noted that he planned to leave behind the “competitive commitment” of the NFL in order to put more “time and energy on other things that require my attention,” including his children. Brady shares a son, Jack, with ex-Benjamin and Vivian. Bridget Moynahan.)
The seven-time Super Bowl champion changed his mind weeks after his retirement. “These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” Brady tweeted in March. “That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates and my supportive family. They make it possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa.”
Bündchen publicly supported her husband at the time, commenting on his social media upload, “Here we go again! Let’s go lovvvey! Let’s go Bucs!”
The activist spoke out about the future of her family while discussing the possibilities. ElleShe has big dreams and she isn’t giving up. “I have a huge list of things that I have to do, that I want to do,” she said. “At 42, I feel more connected with my purpose.”
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel also reacted to rumors that she pressured Brady to retire. “I think this is the system we’ve been living in. That’s what society has accepted and what society hasn’t accepted,” she claimed. “Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present. I have had those conversations with him many times. But ultimately, I believe that everyone must make a decision for the best. [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
Bündchen noted that she felt “grateful” to have spent so much time with her kids when they were younger. “I feel very fulfilled in that way, as a mother and as a wife,” she told the outlet. “And now it’s going to be my turn. It’s not like a I’m going to be in the valley forever.”
The profile was published days before it was published. Devil Wears Prada star was noticeably absent from Brady’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but she still sent a supportive message via social media as the Tampa Bay team scored their first win. The NFL MVP previously raised eyebrows when he took an 11-day break from training to “deal with some personal things” in August — and a source later told Us Weekly that there was “tension” brewing between the couple.
“Gisele was not happy when Tom un-retired from the NFL after such a short time,” the insider exclusively revealed. “They’re working through things and trying to come out the other side.”