Tom Brady, the NFL Quarterback, is with supermodel Gisele Bündchen since late 2006. And the couple has been married for the last 11 years. The former New England Patriots quarterback and the former Victoria’s Secret supermodel share a strong bond and have stuck with one another through all highs and lows.
The Sweetest Blind Date Ever
After Bündchen’s high-profile breakup from Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio, she experienced love at first sight. Bündchen told Vanity Fair in a May 2009 article–
“I knew right away- the first time I saw him. We met through a friend. The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, ‘That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!’ We sat and talked for three hours.”
From that moment on, the Brazilian beauty knew that she had found her other half.
“You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.”
Brady and Bündchen were actually set up on a blind date. The former model revealed in a 2018 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon–
“For some reason, everybody thought they needed to, like, find me a boyfriend. It was my third blind date, and the other two were dinners, so I was stuck there for an hour and a half thinking ‘when can I get out?’ and ‘where’s my food?’”
Expecting her blind date with Brady to be as bland and boring as the other two, Bündchen limited the meet up to drinks only. “A drink can take three minutes or two hours. You can go drink or you can go sipping,” she explained.
The third time was really was the charm for the supermodel. She was immediately lovestruck by the sweet and soft-spoken quarterback. “When I saw those kind eyes, I literally fell in love right away,” Bündchen said.
Football Issues Made Their Marriage Stronger
Friction between Tom Brady and Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick reached a fever pitch. Then it was Bündchen who defended her QB husband to Patriots’ CEO Robert Kraft.
According to Jeff Benedict, author of the 2018 book The Dynasty, the supermodel pointed out how ridiculous it was that after all these years, Belichick still treated Brady like “[expletive] Johnny Foxboro. It was bad enough to never voice approval. It was [expletive] to still be dressing down the most accomplished quarterback in league history during team meetings and treating his personal trainer and best friend like some kind of outcast.”
Brady has admitted that his dedication to football has caused problems in his marriage. He also said that he’s had to work on setting his priorities straight. Earlier this year, the QB told Howard Stern:
“I had to make a big transition in my life to say, I can’t do all the things that I wanted to do for football like I used to. I gotta take care of things in my family…because you can get caught up in your life where you think a relationship’s great because it only works for you, and the point of a relationship [is] it has to work for both. You’d better work on both because if you don’t, then ultimately, it’s not sustainable.”
Ex Drama For Tom Brady
Football wasn’t the only thing to cause drama in Tom and Gisele’s relationship. Just months after the pair started dating, Brady discovered his ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan was pregnant with his child. Bündchen told CBS This Morning, according to People–
“It was a challenging thing because here I am, you know, thinking, I’m dating this guy, we met, and we started dating and everything is great and then this happens. So, then I felt like I didn’t know what to do. It was kind of one of those moments of like, ‘Do I just run away?’”
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Luckily, she decided to stick it out and see the situation through. And Brady says that in the end, the sticky situation actually strengthened their relationship. He told Howard Stern:
“We were forced into this very important thing that was happening in our life at a new part of our relationship. So in a lot of ways, I found out a lot about Gisele through this experience. She found out a lot about me.”
Despite staying together through all obstacles, the pair are often accused of living separate lives. Also, they are constantly being described by rumour-mongers as on the brink of divorce.