Earlier this month, the supermodel broke her silence on her husband’s decision to un-retire and go back to the NFL, and she did not sound too thrilled about the development. Speaking with Elle, Bündchen agreed that reports that she wants Brady to quit for good were sexist, though she didn’t flat out deny them. “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,” she said. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for them. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
I sure hope Brady is good at reading in between the lines. But, just in case he isn’t, Bündchen continued. “I’ve done my part, which is to be there for [Tom]. 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,” she said. “I feel very fulfilled in that way, as a mother and as a wife. And now it’s going to be my turn.” It doesn’t really get clearer than that.
One can’t blame Bündchen for wanting her “turn” to focus on her career. Speaking with Vogue UK earlier this year, she revealed that she’s homeschooling their two children, Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9, in Tampa — where they now live as a result of Brady’s last-minute decision. “When my husband decided he was going to play another year, I didn’t want to put them in a school, because it takes a lot to adapt to a new town.” (Brady is also dad to 14-year-old Jack, whom he shares with Bridget Moynahan.) It sounds like Bündchen is just planning on being in Florida for one year, tops.
Rumors of a rough patch between Bündchen and Brady kicked into high gear last month when Brady took an unexpected leave of absence from training with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which head coach Todd Bowles described as “personal.” Brady later addressed his brief hiatus. “Everyone has different situations they’re dealing with, and we all have unique challenges to our lives,” he said. “There’s a lot of shit going on, so you just have to try and figure out life the best way you can.” Some speculated that Brady actually missed practice to film an appearance on The Masked Singer (a rumor he has since denied), but given Bündchen’s recent interviews, fans are more inclined to believe there might be trouble in paradise.
Since then, the rumors have only increased. Earlier this month, a report from “Page Six” claimed that Bündchen and Brady were no longer living together in Florida. Shortly after that, she was absent from his first game back from retirement, something a source with the Buccaneers told People “seems weird.” (She did, however, tweet her support.) The source continued, adding, “Everyone here knows that there’s tension, but we don’t know how serious it is. So we’re just not talking to him about Gisele. It’s not a topic anyone wants to bring up to him.” Another source reportedly told the magazine that Brady didn’t handle his un-retirement well. “They decided together that he would retire, and then he decided by himself that he’d come back,” said the source. “She said they’d talk about it more, but then he came back anyway, before they had really talked it all through.” On Sunday, Bündchen reportedly did not attend Brady’s first home game of the season as well, though the couple’s children were present. “Gisele continues to be dedicated to her kids and is working on personal projects,” an insider told People of her absence.
But don’t worry, Tom-and-Gisele–shippers, their marriage isn’t over yet — which tracks with a source’s claim in People that Brady “knows that this is his last season if he wants to stay married.” So assuming he does, actually, want to make it work, it’s likely that he’ll hang up his helmet at the end of the 2022 season.
“I’m just going to take it day by day, and I’ll evaluate everything as it comes,” Brady said about his potential re-retirement during an episode of his Sirius XM show Let’s Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray. As for everyone predicting when he will actually retire for good, he added, “One of these days, they’re going to be right.” Ah, yes, I’m sure that’s exactly the kind of commitment Bündchen is looking for.
This post has been updated.