Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady appeared destined to be collectively perpetually and the right pair: the GOAT NFL quarterback and a extremely sought-after supermodel.

However after 13 years, the couple referred to as it quits considerably unexpectedly in late 2022, prompting many to marvel what occurred.

Rumors swirled that the mom of two had given her NFL famous person husband an ultimatum amid his retirement and unretirement from soccer.

However in a brand new interview with Vainness Honest, Bündchen disputes these claims, calling them “very hurtful” and “the craziest factor I’ve ever heard.”


“What’s been mentioned is one piece of a a lot greater puzzle. … It’s not so black and white,” she advised the outlet.

“Typically you develop collectively; generally you develop aside.”

Tom Brady is pictured with wife Giselle Bundchen after winning Super Bowl LV Feb. 7, 2021. Brady and Bundchen announced they were getting divorced Oct. 28, 2022.

Tom Brady is pictured with spouse Giselle Bundchen after successful Tremendous Bowl LV Feb. 7, 2021. Brady and Bundchen introduced they have been getting divorced Oct. 28, 2022. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Photos)

“After I was 26 years previous and he was 29 years previous, we met, we wished a household, we wished issues collectively. As time goes by, we understand that we simply wished various things, and now we have now a option to make. That doesn’t imply you don’t love the particular person. It simply implies that, so as so that you can be genuine and really dwell the life that you just need to dwell, you need to have any person who can meet you within the center, proper? It’s a dance. It’s a steadiness.”

Brady and Bündchen first met in 2006. The pair started relationship in the identical month the soccer star broke off his relationship with ex Bridget Moynahan, who later welcomed Brady’s son Jack. Bündchen and Brady married in 2009 and share two youngsters, Vivian and Benjamin.

Bündchen went on to say, “Once you love somebody, you don’t put them in a jail and say, ‘It’s important to dwell this life.’ You set them free to be who they’re, and if you wish to fly the identical path, then that’s wonderful.”

Superstar matchmaker and relationship knowledgeable Alessandra Conti echoed Bündchen’s feedback, saying that, much like “non-celebrity relationships,” it is “sometimes concerning the elementary values and priorities of an individual versus their profession or one concern” that causes them to go their separate methods. 

“Gisele wants a companion who prioritizes her and her wants; the truth that she was craving a companion to only meet her at 50% is jarring,” Conti advised Fox Information Digital. “Fifty % is the naked minimal, and there are such a lot of males who prioritize household above all and perceive that relationships require constant effort, dedication and upkeep.”

Gisele Bündchen told Vanity Fair the breakup was "the death of my dream." 

Gisele Bündchen advised Vainness Honest the breakup was “the loss of life of my dream.”  (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Conti additional shared why she believes athlete-celebrity relationships like Gisele and Tom’s appear to collapse.

“Athletes are finest matched with girls who can comply with them around the globe as they prepare and journey for his or her sport. The grueling hours and intensive psychological and bodily toll that skilled athletes endure throughout their seasons are usually not straightforward for any girl to deal with, particularly a lady who has her personal notoriety and who’s extremely busy in her personal proper,” the matchmaker mentioned.


“Superstar girls want a companion who is robust and supportive, and who encourages them to shine. When there are two folks (even subconsciously) who concurrently want an immense quantity of emotional assist, and they’re pouring from empty cups and coming from locations of overwork and feeling uncared for by their equally busy companion, issues can and can get poisonous,” Conti defined. 

“That mentioned, there are celebrity-athlete relationships that may and do go the space.”  

Former NFL pro Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete have been together almost 30 years.

Former NFL professional Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete have been collectively nearly 30 years. ( Greg Doherty)

Brady and Bündchen aren’t the one celebrity-football couple that hasn’t been capable of make their relationship final. Right here’s a have a look at some {couples} who didn’t — and some who did — make their romances final.

Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler split after seven years of marriage.

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler break up after seven years of marriage. (Timothy Hiatt)

The “Laguna Seaside” and “The Hills” star Kristin Cavallari married former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2013. They share three youngsters, Camden, 10, Jaxon, 8, and Saylor, 7. 

The couple grew to become engaged in 2011, earlier than briefly separating from each other after which getting again collectively, having their first baby and marrying inside two years. They divorced in 2020.

Cavallari has mentioned elements of her relationship with the NFL star that didn’t work.


On the “Name Her Daddy” podcast in 2022, Cavallari mentioned, “I referred to as off the engagement the identical cause I received a divorce. … If there’s any takeaway from that: You may’t ignore crimson flags. Individuals do not change. And, you gotta belief your intestine.”

She famous that she’s cautious with what she says concerning the relationship as a result of it might influence her children. However she did summarize her ideas on her marriage to Cutler.

It was poisonous, I feel. Interval, finish of story,” she mentioned.

Kristin Cavallari has called her marriage to Jay Cutler "toxic."

Kristin Cavallari has referred to as her marriage to Jay Cutler “poisonous.” (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Photos)

Cutler went on the “Sofia with an F podcast” shortly after Cavallari’s feedback to reply and deal with rumors he cheated throughout the relationship.

“Nope, by no means cheated,” Cutler maintained. “I suppose she fell out of affection or it was poisonous. I imply, will depend on the day I suppose. I am not for positive what she mentioned, and I frankly do not care what she mentioned. Like I mentioned, it has been 2½ years. We’re completed right here. And I am positive there will probably be a rebuttal to this, so keep tuned for that one.”

Earlier this yr, Cavallari mirrored on her historical past of relationship athletes on her podcast, “Again to the Seaside with Kristin and Stephen.” 

Along with Cutler, the 36-year-old has additionally dated former NFL quarterback Matt Leinart and an unnamed hockey participant.

“Right here’s my deal,” she advised her co-host and former co-star Stephen Colletti, “I dated a hockey participant. , for me, now in my life the place I’m at, it’s extra about schedules. So baseball, they’re gone on a regular basis. Basketball, they’re gone on a regular basis. Soccer’s cheap. Hockey, they’re gone so much, however you already know, it’s doable.”

Kristin Cavallari revealed she dated Matt Leinhart while he was in college at USC and she was still in high school.

Kristin Cavallari revealed she dated Matt Leinhart whereas he was in faculty at USC and she or he was nonetheless in highschool. (David Livingston)

She mentioned she had no plans so as to add one other sports activities professional to her relationship historical past.

“To be sincere I, I do not need to say something I am gonna find yourself regretting, however I do not suppose I need to date one other athlete,” she admitted. “I’ve completed that. … I need to depart that previously.”

Within the meantime, Cavallari has mentioned that she’s “attracting a variety of married males.”


On Rachel Bilson’s “Broad Concepts” podcast, the truth star mentioned she believes “all the pieces you entice is extra like spiritually no matter you’re going by means of or prepared for.” 

“Clearly, I’m not prepared for a relationship as a result of I’m attracting all these unavailable males,” she added. 

Aaron Rodgers & Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers called off their engagement in February 2022.

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers referred to as off their engagement in February 2022. (Getty Photos)

In February 2021, it was confirmed “Huge Little Lies” star and Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have been relationship. Rodgers introduced they have been engaged later that very same month.

A yr later, they introduced the top of their engagement.

In an interview in January with Internet-a-Porter, Woodley described the earlier yr because the “darkest” time in her life.


“It was arduous to movie as a result of I used to be going by means of the darkest, hardest time in my life; it was winter in New York, and my private life was s—ty, so it felt like an enormous ache bubble for eight months,” Woodley advised the outlet. 

She additionally shared that the connection modified her view on social media as a result of the pair posted extra ceaselessly throughout that point, together with showing in an Instagram Reside Q&A.

Shailene Woodley called the time after the breakup the "darkest" in her life.

Shailene Woodley referred to as the time after the breakup the “darkest” in her life. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

“It truthfully by no means actually hit me that tens of millions of individuals around the globe have been really watching these items and paid consideration to them,” the “Divergent” actress shared. “Then, I dated any person in America who was very, very well-known. It was the primary time that I might had a quote-unquote ‘well-known’ relationship, and I watched [the] scrutiny, opinions, the will for folks to know my life and his life and our life.”

On his Instagram on the time of the breakup, Rodgers thanked Woodley for “all the time having my again, for the unimaginable kindness you present me and everybody you meet, and for exhibiting me what unconditional love appears like, I like you and am grateful for you.”

Sources additionally advised Individuals on the time, “It was an amicable break up; it simply wasn’t working. They’re very totally different folks with busy careers, and there have been obstacles that they could not surmount. They are going to stay pleasant; there is not any unhealthy blood and no drama. It simply did not work out for them.”

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field Jan. 8, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis.

Aaron Rodgers of the Inexperienced Bay Packers warms up earlier than a sport towards the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Subject Jan. 8, 2023, in Inexperienced Bay, Wis. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Photos)


Jessica Simpson & Tony Romo

Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo dated from 2007 to 2009.

Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo dated from 2007 to 2009. (Diamond/WireImage)

Jessica Simpson started relationship Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in 2007, after she and her ex-husband Nick Lachey divorced.

Followers weren’t form to Simpson, typically blaming her for Romo’s poor performances in video games. 

The couple spoke with Vainness Honest in 2009 earlier than their breakup concerning the destructive consideration. 

“We do not let it have an effect on our relationship,” Simpson mentioned. “If we did, we would not be collectively as a result of it occurred on the very starting. Courting the Cowboys quarterback comes with hype — the followers, the bloggers — however I’ve by no means dated a man that was extra easy. I am all the time there for him after a sport, and he is aware of he has me to come back house to.”

Romo additionally gave his opinion on the controversy. 

“She involves a ton of video games,” Romo mentioned. “She’s a supportive girlfriend. , it’s very arduous once you lose as a result of video games are essential, and so many individuals put a lot effort and time in. It’s good to have somebody to come back house to and attempt to make you’re feeling higher.”

Jessica Simpson was considered bad luck for the Dallas Cowboys during her relationship with Romo.

Jessica Simpson was thought-about unhealthy luck for the Dallas Cowboys throughout her relationship with Romo. (Chris Wolf/FilmMagic)


Nonetheless, the romance resulted in 2009, amid reviews that Simpson’s consuming was affecting the connection.

In 2020, Simpson printed her memoir, “Open Guide,” by which she mentioned the viral mother denims second that drove her elevated alcohol consumption on the time.

In an interview with Hoda Kotb on “As we speak,” she had nothing however form phrases for Romo, who she was nonetheless in a relationship with on the time of the viral second.

“I feel that that comes from different relationships,” she mentioned of the way it impacted her self-image. “Tony by no means made me really feel that means. I all the time felt assured once I was with Tony. I used to be taken down by the world.”

Simpson said Romo made her feel "confident" when they were together, especially during viral "mom jeans" moment.

Simpson mentioned Romo made her really feel “assured” after they have been collectively, particularly throughout viral “mother denims” second. (James Devaney/WireImage)

Simpson finally went on up to now — and married — former NFL participant, Eric Johnson. The pair tied the knot in 2014 and share three youngsters.


Holly Robinson Peete & Rodney Peete

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete married in 1995 and share four children.

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete married in 1995 and share 4 youngsters. (Derek White)

Holly Robinson Peete has been along with her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, since they married in 1995 after he proposed on the set of her collection, “Hanging with Mr. Cooper.” The couple have 4 youngsters, 25-year-old twins Ryan Elizabeth Peete and Rodney Peete, Jr., and sons Robinson, 20, and Roman, 17.

Holly shared her ideas with Fox Information Digital on sustaining a relationship with an athlete.

“When Rodney retired, you already know, he did not have all of the accolades and all the cash or all of the bells and whistles that Tom [Brady] had. However I do know I wanted him house,” Peete mentioned. “Like I had raised these children, I wanted him house. And I simply do not know what I’d have completed if he could be like, I am quitting now. I am going again.

“I do know, simply as an NFL spouse, how arduous it’s to lift these children, and I had my very own profession that I needed to like, you already know, I used to be nonetheless working, however the bulk of the parenting fell on me, taking the youngsters to highschool, going to the recitals and all these issues.” 

As for the key to their 27-year marriage?

“I really feel prefer it’s actually nearly combating for what’s essential, actually establishing early on in your relationship,” she mentioned. “What are your targets? What would you like in life? Are you going to assist me get the place I need to get? Is getting the place I need to get going to get in your means?

“We’re all the time very supportive of one another, and it is a partnership. And does it change and does it ebb and movement over time? Completely. However what is de facto essential? Will we combat for the issues that we would like collectively? Will we assist one another or can we simply stroll away as a result of we do not suppose it is price combating for?”


“I feel, in the long run, the key sauce is simply actually being on the identical web page and supporting one another’s desires,” the 58-year-old concluded.

In September 2022, Rodney wished his spouse a cheerful birthday on his Instagram that echoed Peete’s feedback. 

“Thank You for At all times exhibiting up for me and our household. I’ve beloved you for greater than half of my time on earth and I’ll proceed loving you and honoring you perpetually and ever! You make me higher, child!!”

Jessie James & Eric Decker

The Decker family.

The Decker household. (Instagram: Jessie James Decker)

Nation music star Jessie James Decker married NFL vast receiver Eric Decker in 2013 when he was taking part in for the Denver Broncos. The couple share three children collectively: Vivianne Rose, 7, together with sons Eric “Bubby” Thomas II, 6, and Forrest Bradley, 3.

In October 2022, Decker spoke with Fox Information Digital, sharing the secret to her 10-year marriage to the soccer star.

“I have been actually fortunate to have the ability to deliver Eric, deliver the youngsters, at any time when it is sensible for our schedules. And so we’re not often aside that lengthy,” Jessie mentioned. “We have a day rule the place three days is like absolutely the restrict. Regardless that a few weeks in the past, throughout the second week, it was somewhat bit longer. And I undoubtedly struggled with that.

“We’re lucky,” she added. “We get to actually be collectively and, you already know, music is household, and I’ve simply been actually blessed with that. As quickly as Eric retired, I used to be capable of begin working, and it was his flip to be a assist system for me. So, we have been actually blessed with that.”


Ciara & Russell Wilson

Ciara and Russell Wilson have been married since 2016.

Ciara and Russell Wilson have been married since 2016. (Rodin Eckenroth)

Singer Ciara and Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson started relationship in 2015 and married at a citadel in England in 2016. Wilson is stepfather to Ciara’s son from her earlier relationship with rapper Future and father to the couple’s two youngsters.

The couple was open about selecting to be abstinent till their wedding ceremony.

In a 2019 interview with InStyle, Ciara mentioned “that took a variety of prayer” to take care of, including, “It was arduous. I can’t lie.”

Earlier than that, in a 2017 interview with Cosmopolitan South Africa, she shared they loved friendship and the significance of being on the identical web page as a pair.

“I’ve to provide credit score to my husband for sharing these views,” she advised the outlet on the time. “It is superior the way it all labored out.”

They’ve remained in sync throughout almost seven years of marriage.

Ciara wowed at the 2023 Vanity Fair party in her nearly naked dress with Russell Wilson at her side. They were abstinent until marriage and share their faith with each other.

Ciara wowed on the 2023 Vainness Honest get together in her almost bare costume with Russell Wilson at her aspect. They have been abstinent till marriage and share their religion with one another. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


“From day one, we talked concerning the energy of being equally yoked,” the “Stage Up” singer advised E! Information earlier this month. “What I imply by that’s being aligned on just about each side of your lives.”

She additionally cited their shared religion as being a central competent of their lives.

“That religious basis is large for us,” the 37-year-old mentioned. “Having the ability to pray collectively is gorgeous.”

They repeatedly share social media posts devoted to one another.

On Valentine’s Day, Wilson posted a photograph of the couple with the caption, “My Eternally Valentine. You’ve introduced me unconditional love & pleasure because the second we met. You might be Heaven on Earth.”

“These are {couples} who’re completely in sync and aligned with one another,” Conti defined of the above {couples}’ success. “These {couples} have mastered the troublesome steadiness of prioritizing their relationship and understanding the calls for of an athletic profession.” 


“It’s very doable to have success in this sort of relationship, nevertheless it does take robust communication expertise, constant check-ins and a mindset of mutual progress and understanding.”

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