Gisele Bundchen is a Brazilian supermodel who reigned as the most paid model in the world for many years until she was recently toppled by Kendall Jenner. In 2007, she was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry. Meanwhile, apart from being a model, she is also an actress, entrepreneur, and a few other things including a cartoon producer. Those who do not recognize her as a model still get to know her as the wife of Tom Brady, a popular American football Quarterback. Gisele and the six-time Super Bowl champion are known to be among the world’s most popular couples as a result of their more than a decade old marriage, which has produced two children.
Although the couple’s relationship may appear to be picture-perfect, it has survived a number of ups and downs that would have likely broken some other marriages. Sharing an intimate picture of them on Instagram on their 10th wedding anniversary, Gisele Bundchen’s husband described her as his rock, but also added that their marriage has not been an easy ride. Find out all about the supermodel’s relationship with her footballer husband and more below.
All You Need To Know About Gisele Bundchen’s Love Story
The supermodel and her now-husband met through a friend for the first time in December 2006. At that time, Brady was in a relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan but probably for want of something more he kept his heart open. Gisele on her own part had been single for one year and was not looking for a relationship as she was enjoying the process of getting to learn so much about herself after being in series of serious relationships that never worked.
In the course of their meeting, it became very obvious to the duo that they had a special connection. Not long after, Brady quit his relationship with Bridget. Meanwhile, speaking with Vanityfair, Bündchen revealed that she was convinced it was love at first sight. According to her, “I knew right way — 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!'”.
Afterward, she continued, they sat and talked for three hours, and even though she was supposed to travel home for Christmas, for some strange reasons, she didn’t feel like leaving. “You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough?”, added the model. From that day onward, Gisele said, they have never spent a day without speaking to each other as they began dating just before Christmas. However, their relationship was not officially recognized by celebrity magazines until January 2007.
Dealing With Their First Test Of True Love
Two and a half months into the couple’s relationship, they were rudely woken up from their romantic fantasy after Brady’s ex, Bridget Moynahan announced in February 2007 that she was carrying his baby. Following the complication, the supermodel told Charlie Rose of CBS This Morning in 2015, according to People magazine, that she had considered quitting her relationship with the football star. “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?'” However, she decided to stay with her man.
Speaking in retrospect in 2009, Gisele Bundchen told Vanityfair that her ability to handle the challenge contributed to strengthening her commitment to Bradly. According to her, it was a blessing because otherwise, they may not have known what they were both made of. “I wouldn’t have seen the integrity in him—the way he was a good person through all the times. I was like, You have the heart in a good place! It made me feel more in love with him; it made me realize who he was”, the model said. She went further to reveal that their relationship became much stronger after the incident as it helped to convince her even more that they were meant to be together.
Bündchen Gets Engaged To Brady Brady
Less than two years after they became an item, Brady popped the big question and Gisele said “Yes”, but they kept it a secret. In the months before their wedding, the media swirled with speculations of upcoming nuptials with some claiming that the footballer had proposed to his lady on a private jet a day before Christmas in 2008. Some others reported that Brady popped the question in mid-January 2009 with a diamond solitaire. However, neither of the reports was true, according to Gisele, who revealed that they were secretly engaged for a longer period of time but she decided not to wear her ring in order not to attract any more attention to herself than she had already.
While also addressing the rumors, Gisele told Vogue how the proposal happened. She told the media outlet that Brady tricked her into believing that her house was flooded just so he could get her to rush back home. However, rather than meet her apartment flooded with water, she met it looking all romantic with candles and rose petals everywhere. “And then he went down on his knees to propose, and I’m like, ‘get up!’ because he just had surgery and had three staph infections. And I was like ‘What are you doing?’ He’s like, ‘I gotta go on my knees,’ and I’m like, ‘No, no, no! Get up, please!'”
The Lovebirds Got Married In 2009 and Began Expanding Their Family
Not wanting any loud ceremonies, Gisele and Brady tied the knot in a small, private ceremony that took place on the evening of February 26, 2009, at St. Monica Catholic Church. After the wedding, which Brady told GQ magazine was planned in 10 days, the 20 guests in attendance were entertained with steak, champagne, and cake, at the couple’s home in Brentwood.
In April 2009, the couple had another ceremony. This time, they invited about 40 of their extended family members and friends to join them in Costa Rica for a second wedding ceremony. At this time, Gisele was already a few weeks pregnant with their first child, Benjamin Rein, who was born on December 8, 2009. According to the supermodel, she had her son at home, in the bathtub of their penthouse apartment in Boston. Brady and Bundchen gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Vivian Lake Brady, on December 5, 2012. The celebrity couple decided to let the public know of her second pregnancy until after their daughter arrived.
Rumors of A Possible Divorce Makes The Rounds
In 2015, there were reports that the couple was planning on getting a divorce as a result of unresolved marital issues. However, Brady addressed the rumors in a radio interview with WEEI where he stated that they were in a great place…
Brady on reports about his marriage with Gisele: “We’re in a great place. … There’s no bigger supporter I have than her.”
— WEEI (@WEEI) September 8, 2015
Rumors of a divorce resurfaced again in December 2019 when a certain media outlet known as Star reported that Gisele and her husband were “drifting apart” and living separate lives. The report also had it that while Brady liked a structured life, his wife was all over the place and as a result, they could not find a middle ground. In its own report, Life & Style claimed that Gisele hated the fact that Brady was away from home so much and had begged him to retire from football but he refused and as a result, they were headed for divorce from which she would get $600 million. The allegations were debunked by Gossip Cop a few months after.
Dealing With Their Marital Issues
Nevertheless, in April 2020, Brady divulged some information about his marriage in an interview with Howard Stern for his SiriusXM show, and in the course of their chat, he admitted that their marriage has not been perfect as he had to deal with some things about himself in other to make his family and marriage to the supermodel work. According to the quarterback, his wife did not feel like he was doing his part for the family some years ago. “She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house, and then all of a sudden when the season ended, I’d be like, ‘Great, let me get into all of my other business activities. Let me get into my football training'”, he said.
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Meanwhile, Gisele is there wondering when her husband would do things for the house and the kids. At that point, Brady said, his wife’s unhappiness opened his eyes and made him check himself “because she was like ‘I have goals and dreams too.'” Consequently, Brady started pulling back from projects in an attempt to make his family a priority. However, that change made him resent his wife. Ultimately, they ended up dealing with their problems in marriage counseling and thankfully, working things out in the end.
Details About Gisele’s Twin And Other Sisters
Of German-Brazilian descent, the supermodel, Gisele Caroline Bündchen was raised alongside her fraternal twin sister, Patricia, and her other sisters, Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, and Rafaela. The Bündchen sisters were brought up in Três de Maio, Southern Brazil and in order to keep them away from trouble, their mother kept them busy with different activities, including ballet, gymnastics, and a modeling class.
Gisele told Vanityfair that their mother had to work so they attended a modeling course “-me and my twin and one of our sisters, Gabby, who’s like the second twin because we’re one year apart. We were the three musketeers, and we did everything together.” But as fate would have it, it was only Gisele that prospered in modeling while the other two pursued other careers. Find out more about the supermodel’s twin sister below’
Born on 20 July 1980, Patricia is Gisele’s younger twin sister. Growing up, she was more popular then Gisele and while she got all the positive attention from their peers and made friends easily because she was like everybody else in terms of height, her elder sister had to deal with a lot of bullying due to her height which made her look out of place. On the flip side, nevertheless, while Patricia could not move up in the modeling industry, Gisele’s height helped her make it big. But that never affected the very close relationship the sisters share.
While she ended up not walking on the runway, Patricia decided to work behind the scene as her sister’s manager and spokesperson. The sisters seem to be very comfortable with this arrangement, especially owing to the fact that Patricia is said to be the very shy one as opposed to Gisele who is outgoing. Speaking of her twin sister in an interview with Vanity Fair, Patricia said, “Her willpower made her successful. She has never let the critics put her down, and this has never changed. She has the most amazing body, but what has really made her successful is her personality, her way of doing things, her professionalism.”
Just like Gisele, Patricia is also married. She got married to a man named Rodrigo Pereiraa a year after Gisele tied the knot with Brady. The couple tied the knot at the Laurentia Vineyard near Porto Alegre, a coastal town in southern Brazil and despite nursing her then three-month-old son, Patricia could not let any other person but her twin sister be her maid of honor.
What We Know About The Model’s Other Sisters
While there is a lot of information available about Gisele Bündchen due to her celebrity status, and a little less available about her twin sister, there is almost nothing known about her other sisters Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, and Rafaela as they are obviously living their lives away from the limelight. However, It is obvious that the sisters share a tight bond as can be seen in the picture above which was shared by the model as she celebrated the women in her family as well as all women.
Thanks to Gisele, we got to know that her youngest sister, Rafaela Bündchen, got married on Valentine’s Day 2018 at sunset on the beach. She shared a romantic picture of the newly-weds on her Instagram on Friday, February 16, 2018, and judging by the picture, the couple were undeniably in love as could be seen through their smiles while they posed on the beach during their nuptials. Gisele posted the picture with the caption, “…It was so memorable to be with our forever youngest sister and her true love on their special day. May they continue to love each other and walk side by side forever! Love you both! #babysis #wedding Photo: @ninomunoz.”