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Gisele Bündchen on Money, Tom Brady, and Eating Disorders

We’ve always had a girl crush on Gisele Bündchen. Even though we’d pale in comparison walking next to her, we would love to be her best friend forever. Why? To start, the woman inspires us to work out until we’ve sweat enough to fill a swimming pool. Second, we like that in a day when it’s hard to find celebrities without resident camera crews in their homes, she’s remained kind of a mystery. She keeps her personal life personal — or tries to at least. Yet she’s less press-shy than Kate Moss. And she comes across as so modest and normal that we actually believe her when she says her salary isn’t important to her. (Then again, she doesn’t need to worry since those millions aren’t growing legs and walking away anytime soon.) Also, when she first watched American football, it really confused her, and well, we’ve watched American football several times and it still confuses us. In the issue of GQ hitting stands next week, she talks about her salary, Tom Brady, and (gasp) eating disorders. Some highlights:

She did not actually make $35 million last year as Forbes reported.

Do you think [salary]’s important to me? Look, this is my job. I take pictures. There is no big deal. I would like to know who this reporter is finding out all of these amounts. And I would like him to talk to my accountant and figure out where is the cash that’s missing. Because I haven’t seen it.

She’s not a “man eater.”

I’ve always been in serious relationships. I meet someone and date him for a long period. I don’t sit there thinking, like, “I wonder if I can seduce that guy.” I have other things in my mind.

In 2005 she told the Boston Herald she thought Tom Brady was “cute” to avoid talking about him.

Look, I’m Brazilian. I had never seen football before. I’m freezing, and all I’m thinking is, When can I go back to New York City? I didn’t understand why they were all hitting each other. Now I do, but I didn’t. I just wanted to get out of there, so I’m just gonna say what you say to get out of a conversation. If he had been any other guy, I would have said the same thing. We met through a friend who knew us both for a long time. Believe me, I didn’t even remember [the picture of Brady]. Our friend knew that we would like each other. And we did. So I guess he was right.

She’s not afraid to tell the GQ reporter his questions are stupid.

She says she’s never come across anyone with an eating disorder:

I don’t think it’s something that people go around talking about. I do think what saved me is that I’ve been very athletic since I was very young. I think your body has muscle memory.


Gisele Bündchen on Money, Tom Brady, and Eating Disorders