The divorce proceedings between Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have reportedly heated up since the pair hired divorce lawyers, and the latter is giving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback one last chance to settle matters.
Bündchen has reportedly hired the same divorce attorney who represented Tiger Woods and Jeff Gordon in their respective splits. Brady, 45, and Bündchen, 42, have agreed to look out for their children as they decide on how to divide assets.
Close friends of the couple hope the two can reconcile their differences for the sake of their two kids plus a third child Brady had with actresses Bridget Moynahan. Some noted Brady needs to “bend” to Bündchen, especially after going back on his decision to retire from the NFL this past offseason.
This “indifference” seems to be the root of the problems between the couple who have been married since 2009, but Bündchen has reportedly given the seven-time Super Bowl champion an “ultimatum,” according to Us Weekly.
“Gisele told Tom either he leaves football to spend time with the family or she is gone for good,” an insider told Us Weekly in an issue published Wednesday.
The biggest worry for Bündchen is the QB’s health as the insider added: “She doesn’t want him to continue to get injured and not be able to enjoy life in the future. She is doing it for her family.”
It’s an understandable fear on Bündchen’s part. The NFL has sought to tighten up it’s concussion protocol in response to the Miami Dolphins’ handling of Tua Tagovailoa. The third-year quarterback suffered multiple concussions in a matter of weeks, and it called into question how much the league cares about player safety.
While it is a risk all football players take when they step on the field, the burden is no less greater on the family members of those players.
“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,” Bündchen told Elle in their October 2022 cover story, per Us Weekly. “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’ve done my part, which is (to) be there for (Tom). I moved to Boston (when he played for the New England Patriots), 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. … 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.”
Brady and Bündchen reportedly are living apart during the divorce process, but hopefully their situation can get better sooner rather than later.
Even though Tom Brady left the New England Patriots to ring chase with the lowly Buccaneers, he'll always be my guy. I love Tom Brady. I know (hope) once he retires, he'll go back to being "FOREVER A PATRIOT," like he said after he left us right as the world stopped for a global pandemic. Still, even with him betraying all of New England after a two-decade relationship, (yes, I know Belichick played a significant role in pushing him out, but it still fucking sucks to see him not play here for his entire career) I hate to see his life get to this point .
I'm sure some vindictive Patriot fans are happy to see Brady's personal life in shambles because he left the Pats, but I am not one of those people. As a child of divorce, Brady's marriage with the Patriots was the most stable relationship in my life growing up. Except for my junior year of high school when he tore his ACL, Tom Brady was the QB of the Patriots from when I was in 4th grade until I was 28 years old. That's a long fucking time, basically my whole life. I've said it a million times, but he's responsible for some of my most cherished memories. Even when he denied my autograph as a boy, that gave me a story for the rest of my life. Sure he's a fucking weirdo, but he's our weirdo and the greatest winner in NFL history. He IS the New England Patriots.
***had a son
I get it; he's one of the greatest competitors of all time and definitely doesn't want to go out the way he's currently playing, but seriously, what else does he have to prove? Seven Super Bowl rings (more than any TEAM). Three MVPs. Basically, every meaningful record. Regardless of whether he approves of the nickname, he's the GOAT.
Sure, as a fat/fuck with no self-esteem, I've only been in a couple of real relationships, but I think I still have some decent advice from my experience and being a human who's talked to other people about these situations. To me, it's a simple question. Do you still love Gisele? Because if you do, just fucking retire bro. Think of the life you two made with each other. You have so much invested in one another. She's been with you for over half your career and made plenty of sacrifices along the way so you could chase your dreams. Think back at all those Super Bowls. She was there, even for the not-so-fun ones.
It's time to repay her and come home. Like, this Bucs team will not win the Super Bowl, so what's the point? Do you really want to ruin your children's lives? Two Christmases aren't worth it! Think about all the great memories of the Super Bowls you've won, and I'm sure all the cool shit you guys have done as a family that the public doesn't know about. Do you want to watch videos of the Super Bowl XLIX and LI comebacks and be reminded of the gorgeous wife you lost because you wouldn't put your family first?
How many more years do you seriously wanna play? You already retired for like a half hour earlier this year. I get it, bro. You were nasty last year and could've won MVP. With the way the Bucs lost in the playoffs, I'm sure it left a sour taste in your mouth, and you just didn't wanna go out that way but guess what, bro? Father Time is undefeated. Maybe you are better than the numbers indicate, but it just isn't going to happen this year. It'd be one thing if you were like a Dan Marino type desperately trying to win a ring; YOU HAVE SEVEN. There's nothing left for you to prove. If anything, retiring mid-season to save your marriage would probably be the best career move for you, your image, and the well-being of the ones you allegedly love. Maybe she'll even let you finish the season, but if it's really "retire or it's over." Just retire.
Think about that story for a second. Talk about a storybook ending. It's like the plot of every rom-com ever. They meet, they fall in love, someone fucks up, and it's on the rocks, then they make this grand gesture to save things, they kiss, and the movie's over. That would win you so many points with the general public. It'd be seen as a selfless move even though you've been incredibly selfish during this ordeal- not exactly the worst deal, bro!
Now, if you don't love Gisele anymore, and don't care about your kids, then sure, keep playing. Find some fresh young pussy to have hot meaningless sex with and see your kids like twice a month. Go 9-8 and maaaybe make it to the Divisional Round, but like, what's the end game here? Do you think you can play another 2-3 years? You're in your fucking mid-40s, Tommy. Be there for your kids before they're grown up and resent you for missing their lives.
Spoiler Alert: everybody who's ever lived will eventually die. As much as I'd love reincarnation to be a thing, IDK if you can count on that, so this life is all you've got. Like Prison Mike told the employees of Dunder Miflin, "you've got a good life." Gisele loves you and wants to save things. You can fix this. Look at Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor. You say you're about the team, but are acting like a selfish ass hole. Don't throw away your family to throw passes to fucking Cade Otton. Go live a sick life with your supermodel wife, three kids, seven rings and what has to be billions of dollars at this point.