After months of speculation regarding the state of their union, celebrity couple Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen cleared the air on their relationship status this Friday.
The football legend and the Brazilian supermodel took their respective social media accounts to announce their divorce after 13 years of marriage. Even though the rumor of trouble in paradise had been circulating since Tom’s return to the NFL, this breakup will surely hit the headlines.
Indeed, the pair had an enduring romance that spanned 16 years. Together since December 2006, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady were a power couple.
They tied the knot on February 26, 2009, and are the proud parents of Benjamin and Vivian. Although the pair may have appeared inseparable on social media, behind the scenes, tensions were high.
Tom Brady is the most successful footballer of all time, having won seven Super Bowls with three teams (the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
The quarterback, America’s prodigal son, has earned around $292 million in NFL contracts during his career. When Tom Brady was left out of the Super Bowl in 2022, he declared his retirement.
Days later, he shocked the media (and his wife) by abruptly changing his mind.
Several outlets explained that this news would have been devastating to his wife, leading her to seek a divorce at the beginning of October.
The model had previously claimed that she had “done her part,” often putting her own professional goals second to those of her spouse.
Gisele Bündchen is one of the highest-paid models in the world. She has appeared on the covers of several international publications, walked the runways of famous fashion houses, and appeared in advertisements for some of the world’s most renowned brands.
Forbes estimates the Brazilian powerhouse to have earned over $ 400 million throughout her career.
The golden couple’s separation marks the end of an era.