After 13 years of marriage, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have finalized their divorce, with the quarterback announcing on Instagram on Friday that they arrived at the decision “amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together.”
The announcement confirms the rumors that have swirled over the past few months about a possible rift following Brady’s decision to return to the NFL. The two allegedly hadn’t been living together for months, and speculation grew during Brady’s 11-day absence from training camp with the Buccaneers in August.
It’s a tough day for Brady-Bundchen stans. So let’s reminisce.
Brady and Bundchen met through a friend in 2006, not long after Bundchen had gotten out of a relationship with longtime boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio, according to a Vanity Fair article published in 2009.
“I knew right way — the first time I saw him. ... We sat and talked for three hours,” Bundchen said of the first time she met Brady. “I had to go home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave. You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.”
Two and a half months into their relationship, Brady got the news that his former girlfriend, actress and model Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant. Bundchen opened up about the experience in her 2018 memoir, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.”
“Two months into our relationship, Tom told me that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant. The very next day, the news was everywhere and I felt my world had been turned upside down,” Bundchen wrote.
Brady and Moynahan welcomed their son, Jack, that August.
“Jack, my bonus child, has been a huge gift and blessing in my life,” Bundchen wrote in her memoir, adding that she and Brady made the decision to start their family shortly after Jack’s birth. “We decided to start our family sooner rather than later.”
Brady proposed to Bundchen in January 2009.
“He made up this whole story [about] how my apartment was flooding, and I ran over to fix the situation,” Bundchen told Vogue in a “73 Questions” video segment. “When I got there, the whole apartment had candles and rose petals everywhere, and then he went down on his knees to propose, and I’m like, ‘Get up!’”
(Brady had recently had surgery and three staph infections.)
“He’s like, ‘I gotta go on my knees,’ and I’m like, ‘No, no, no! Get up, please!’” Bundchen told Vogue.
A month later, the pair tied the knot in Santa Monica, Calif.
“We planned it in like 10 days, and it was perfect,” Brady told GQ. “We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night. I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.”
Brady and Bundchen threw a second wedding in Costa Rica that following April, according to GQ.
Brady and Bundchen welcomed their son, Benjamin, in December 2009.
“Two months later, when football season was over, Tom, Benny, and I moved out to Los Angeles, where Jack was living, so we could all be with Jack more regularly. But by the early summer, our family was back in Boston in time for training camp,” Bundchen wrote in her memoir.
The Brady-Bundchen bunch grew again when their second child together, Vivian, was born.
“That chapter of my life was replaced by the needs of a growing family,” Bundchen wrote in her memoir, talking about how modeling had to take a backseat. “With the arrival of Benny and Vivi, I found out quickly that being a mother was a lot more work than modeling. . . . Tom’s schedule during football season is so demanding that I take on most of the family responsibilities.”
In the wake of “Deflategate,” the NFL controversy revolving around accusations that Brady ordered the deflating of footballs in the AFC Championship Game in January 2015, sources reported “tension” between Brady and Bundchen, which Brady addressed in a radio interview.
“We’re in a great place, I’ll just say that,’” Brady said. “I’m a lucky man, very blessed with support from my family. . . . I’ve been very blessed to have an incredible relationship with my life partner and I don’t think anything will ever get in the way of that.”
The power couple turned more than a few heads at the 2018 Met Gala.
Bundchen packed on the support for Brady in 2019 after he and the Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Brady was on his way to his ninth Super Bowl.
“I first want to say hi to my wife, I love you so much,” Brady said during a postgame interview.
Brady and Bundchen posted tributes to each other in celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary.
“Ten years ago, I didn’t realize how much I could love you and the family we created together,” Brady wrote in a caption with a throwback wedding photo. “My heart is so full and I am so blessed! I know our journey has not been easy, but the challenges we have overcome have made our bond stronger and our love grow deeper. Thank you for loving me, for supporting my dreams, and for nurturing our family in the way that only you could. You are my rock, my love and my light! I love you and I love our family!”
”There is nothing that I love more in this world than you and our family,” Bundchen wrote.
Brady revealed in a candid interview with Howard Stern that he and Bundchen were having marriage issues, which is why he skipped voluntary workouts with the Patriots in 2018 and 2019. He said Bundchen wasn’t happy that he was focused on football all year while she took care of the family. Brady revealed they sought marriage counseling, and that Bundchen wrote him a letter with her concerns that he kept in his drawer.
“I had to check myself,” Brady said.
Brady won his seventh Super Bowl, and his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bundchen was quick to post her support for her husband on Instagram.
“Congratulations my love! Over the years I have seen you overcome so much adversity, physically and emotionally. I can for sure say you are the most dedicated, focused and mentally tough person I have ever met.”
Brady revealed on an episode of his “Let’s Go” podcast that his successful career had led to some tough conversations in his marriage.
“I think my wife has, you know, held down the house for a long time now, and I think there’s things that she wants to accomplish,” Brady said. “You know, she hasn’t worked as much in the last 10, 12 years, just raising our family and kind of committing to being in a life in Boston and then moving to Florida.”
Brady announced his retirement after 20 years with the Patriots and two seasons with the Bucs. “To my wife, Gisele, and my children, Jack, Benny and Vivi. You are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement,” Brady wrote in an Instagram post. “I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her selflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our family. Te amo amor da minha vida.”
Six weeks later, Brady changed his mind: The quarterback said his time wasn’t up and he’d return to the NFL.
“Here we go again! Let’s go lovvvey! Let’s go Bucs!” Bundchen commented.
After Brady’s 11-day absence from training camp, sources told Us magazine and other outlets there was “tension” between Brady and Bundchen. During the Buccaneers’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Bundchen tweeted in support of her husband, but many noticed she was absent from the game.
And in early Oct., reports came out that both Bundchen and Brady have hired divorce lawyers.
October 28, 2022
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen confirm via Instagram that they finalized their divorce.
Read Brady’s full statement:
“In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage. We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.
We arrive at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration.
Doing so is, of course, painful and difficult, like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world. However we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written.
And we kindly ask for privacy and respect as we navigate what is to come in the days and weeks ahead. Thank you.”
Read Bundchen’s full statement:
“With much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce. My priority has been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart. We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care and attention they greatly deserve.
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.
I kindly ask that our privacy be respected during this sensitive time.”