Gisele Bündchen has reservations about her husband Tom Brady coming out of retirement to play football again. Speaking to Elle for their October Issue, the 42-year-old supermodel opened up about her relationship with Brady, 45, and her “concerns” about him returning to football. You might recall that he announced his retirement in February of last year. About a month later, he changed his mind.
“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.”
The couple, who got married back in 2009, share son Benjamin Rein, 12, and daughter Vivian Lake, 9. Brady is also dad to son John “Jack” Edward, 15, whom he shares with ex Bridget Moynahan. Per People, rumors of a rift between the couple increased last month after Brady was excused from practicing with the Buccaneers “to deal with some personal things,” as head coach Todd Bowles said at the time.
When Brady returned to practice nearly two weeks later, Brady said he needed the time away. “Everyone has different situations they’re dealing with, and we all have unique challenges to our lives,” Brady said. “I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of s— going on, so you just have to try and figure out life the best you can. You know, it’s a continuous process.”
Yesterday (September 12), multiple sources told People that Bündchen is “frustrated” with his decision to unretire. One source saying, “Going back to Tampa after the retirement put a strain on the personal side of his life. Gisele is frustrated and sick of his career coming before their family, who has always supported him.” The source added that “they are trying” to make the relationship work.
Following Brady’s first post-retirement NFL game Sunday, he said, “Football and family has always been the most important thing to me so it’s a good time of year.” Though Bundchen didn’t attend the game, she tweeted, “Let’s go @TomBrady ! Let’s go Bucs !”
Elsewhere in her Elle interview, Bündchen also explained her decision to step back in her modeling career to prioritize her kids. “We have to think about what we’re doing, how moments that were really shaping who they are as people,” she said. “I feel very fulfilled in that way, as a mother and as a wife. 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 continued, “Seeing my children succeed and become the beautiful little humans that they are, seeing him succeed, and being fulfilled in his career — it makes me happy. At this point in my life, I feel like I’ve done a good job on that.”