Gisele Bündchen is talking about her public divorce from Tom Brady last year. The former power couple, who wed in 2009, announced their divorce in October, almost 13 years after they first tied the knot.
Similar statements were posted on social media by them, expressing gratitude for their time spent together and the amicable nature of their breakup. Bündchen described the turning point in her life as “It’s like a de*th and a rebirth” while speaking to Vanity Fair for the magazine’s April 2023 cover story.
“You give everything you got to achieve your dream,” she said, having referred to the divorce as “the de*th of my dream” in the interview. “You give a hundred percent of yourself, and it’s heartbreaking when it doesn’t end up the way you hoped for, and worked for, but you can only do your part.”
The 42-year-old Bündchen called the assertion that Brady’s decision to come out of retirement from the NFL caused their divorce “very hurtful” and “the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.”
“Listen, I have always cheered for him, and I would continue forever,” she said. “If there’s one person I want to be the happiest in the world, it’s him, believe me. I want him to achieve and to conquer. I want all his dreams to come true. That’s what I want, really, from the bottom of my heart.”
In terms of the reasons for the breakdown of her marriage to Brady, Bündchen claimed that things are “not so black and white.”
“Sometimes you grow together; sometimes you grow apart,” she said. “When I was 26 years old and he was 29 years old, we met, we wanted a family, we wanted things together. As time goes by, we realize that we just wanted different things, and now we have a choice to make. That doesn’t mean you don’t love the person. It just means that in order for you to be authentic and truly live the life that you want to live, you have to have somebody who can meet you in the middle, right? It’s a dance. It’s a balance.”
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Brady, 45, and Bündchen’s children, Benjamin, 13, and Vivian, 10, have said that co-parenting is their top priority. “We’re not playing against each other,” the model said. “We are a team, and that’s beautiful.”
Bündchen also brings years of experience to the table, having raised Brady’s 15-year-old eldest son, Jack, alongside Jack’s mother, actress Bridget Moynahan.
“Jack came into our lives and I felt so blessed and it kind of awakened in me this desire of being a mom,” she said. “I’ve always dreamed of being a mom, but I think that happened a little faster than I thought, because now I have this beautiful little angel that I get to care for and love.”
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Bündchen said her relationship with Moynahan is “great,” though that wasn’t always the case.
“Everything in life comes with work. You have to go through the roller coaster. You have moments where you get to the sticky points and you’ve gotta overcome it,” she said. “Love conquers all.”
“I put myself in her shoes and I was like, ‘How can I support her?'” she continued. “Because in the end of the day, we are team players in ‘How are we going to do this so [Jack] can have the best life?'”