The renowned N.F.L. quarterback Tom Brady and the supermodel Gisele Bündchen divorced after more than 13 years of marriage on Friday. Their separation followed years of fan and media attention, as well as more recent rumours regarding Brady’s protracted playing career and its impact on their relationship.
Brady, 45, has been a professional football player for more than 20 years. The 42-year-old Bündchen has made it known that she wants him to retire so they can spend more time together as a family. Following the 2019 season, Brady announced his retirement. He later changed his mind and decided to rejoin the Buccaneers, the group he helped win a Super Bowl with in 2020.
In an Instagram post – as reported by NY Times – Bündchen said that she and Brady will continue co-parenting their children “to give them the love, care and attention they greatly deserve.” Here’s everything you need to know about the super model.
Who is Gisele Bündchen?
Gisele Caroline Bündchen is a Brazilian fashion model. She has been among the highest-paid models in the world since 2001. In the year 2007, Bündchen ranked as the 16th richest woman in the entertainment sector. In 2012, she topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid models. She was ranked 89th on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in the world in 2014.
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Bündchen served as a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1999 through 2006. She is recognised for having invented and popularised the horse walk, a stomping motion made by a model by lifting her knees high and kicking her feet to stride. Bündchen was dubbed the lone supermodel left by Claudia Schiffer in 2007. A total of 1,200 magazine covers feature Bündchen.
Almost two years after their mutual friend introduced them, Bündchen and Brady got married twice.
They were married at a Catholic church in Santa Monica, California, at the start of 2009 in front of their loved ones and close friends. A second, similarly intimate wedding took place at her house in Costa Rica almost two months later. In addition to their son Benjamin, they also had a daughter named Vivian in 2012.
She reduced her modelling activity in 2015, giving up runway work and only accepting a select number of commercial campaigns and magazine covers annually. She made a notable exception in 2016, when she crossed a 400-foot runway at the Rio Olympics.
Since reducing her modelling responsibilities, she has devoted herself to environmental advocacy, especially in relation to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest, and commercial endeavours like an eco-friendly cosmetics line and lingerie line. She published Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life in 2018, and it became a New York Times bestseller and Brazil’s best-selling non-fiction book for more than six months.