Gisele Bundchen reveals she was 'just surviving' before shock Tom Brady divorce – and is 'now living'… as star details how pair 'grew apart'

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  • The supermodel, 43, started dating the football star, 45, in 2007, and married in 2009 before they confirmed they were divorcing in October 2022 
  • Tom and Gisele share two children – Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 13 – while he also has an older son, Jack, 15, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan 
  • The star said: ‘I think it’s not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for. My parents have been married for 50 years, and I really wanted that to happen’
  • READ MORE:  Tom and Irina Shayk enjoy romantic London rendezvous

Gisele Bundchen has revealed she was ‘just surviving’ before divorcing Tom Brady – and is ‘now living’ in her most candid interview about her divorce yet.

The supermodel, 43, started dating the football star, 45, in 2007 and was with him for more than a decade before they confirmed they were divorcing in October 2022. 

In an upcoming interview with Lee Cowan for CBS News Sunday Morning, the star said she has happily moved into a new era of her life and detailed how the pair ‘grew apart’ before their split – saying: ‘I think before I was more surviving, and now I’m living, which is different.’

Tom and Gisele share two children – Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 13 – while he also has an older son, Jack, 15, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan. 

Gisele  took a step back from modelling to raise the couple’s children and has now returned to the world of high fashion. 

New era: Gisele Bundchen has revealed she was 'just surviving' before divorcing Tom Brady - and is 'now living' in her most candid interview about her divorce yet (pictured 2017)

New era: Gisele Bundchen has revealed she was ‘just surviving’ before divorcing Tom Brady – and is ‘now living’ in her most candid interview about her divorce yet (pictured 2017)

Opening up: In an upcoming interview with Lee Cowan for CBS News Sunday Morning, the star said she has happily moved into a new era of her life and detailed how the pair 'grew apart' before their split - saying: 'I think before I was more surviving'

Opening up: In an upcoming interview with Lee Cowan for CBS News Sunday Morning, the star said she has happily moved into a new era of her life and detailed how the pair ‘grew apart’ before their split – saying: ‘I think before I was more surviving’

Family: Gisele and Tom share Benjamin, 13, and Vivian, 10 - while Tom also has an older son named Jack, 15, from his previous relationship with the model and actress Bridget Moynahan

Family: Gisele and Tom share Benjamin, 13, and Vivian, 10 – while Tom also has an older son named Jack, 15, from his previous relationship with the model and actress Bridget Moynahan 


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Brady sent shockwaves around the world when he first announced his retirement in 2022 – a decision he would reverse just weeks later – which reportedly irked his now ex-wife.

Rumors speculated that Bundchen was concerned about the sport’s impact on Brady’s health – reportedly delivering him an ultimatum to retire, otherwise their marriage would end.

He announced his retirement for the second and final time in February 2023.

Speaking about the decision to divorce, the star said: ‘I think it’s not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for. My parents have been married for 50 years, and I really wanted that to happen..

‘But I think you have to accept you know sometimes that the way you are in your 20s, it’s sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart … I mean, he’s the father of my kids, so I always wish him the best, and I’m so grateful that he gave me wonderful children.’

Elsewhere in the chat, the star revealed huge amounts of stress during her modelling career led to her fantasizing about ‘jumping out of the window.’

Tough time: Speaking about the decision to divorce, the star said: 'I think it's not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for. My parents have been married for 50 years, and I really wanted that to happen.

Tough time: Speaking about the decision to divorce, the star said: ‘I think it’s not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for. My parents have been married for 50 years, and I really wanted that to happen.

Much love: 'But I think you have to accept you know sometimes that the way you are in your 20s, it's sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart ¿ I mean, he's the father of my kids, so I always wish him the best'

Much love: ‘But I think you have to accept you know sometimes that the way you are in your 20s, it’s sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart … I mean, he’s the father of my kids, so I always wish him the best’

Back then: Gisele is seen on the VS catwalk in 2006

Fashion icon: Elsewhere in the chat, the star revealed huge amounts of stress during her modelling career led to her fantasizing about ‘jumping out of the window (seen in 2006)

She said: ‘You know, I was in tunnels. I couldn’t breathe. And then I started being in studios, and I felt like suffocated. 

‘I lived on the ninth floor, and I had to go up the stairs because I was afraid I would be stuck on the elevator, and I’d be hyperventilating … You know when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, I don’t want to live like this, you know what I mean?

Cowan responded: ‘Did you really think about jumping?’ with Bundchen responding: ‘Yeah. For, like, a second, because you’re like, I can’t.’

Gisele is now rumored to be dating hunky jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente –  with speculation fueled by their frequent public sightings together including on trips to Costa Rica.

Gisele has adopted a dismissive attitude to the reports, telling the April issue of Vanity Fair: ‘I think, at this point, unfortunately, because I’m divorced, I’m sure that they’re going to try to attach me to anything.’ 

While Tom has moved on with supermodel Irina Shayk, 37, with their budding romance revealed in August following a sleepover at his home.

Tom is really ecstatic that this is happening, he feels that they totally get each other, and he really finds her extremely interesting, entrepreneurial, and has a clever sense of humor that really appeals to everything he is all about,’ another source told DailyMail.com about the new pairing. ‘She is not just a fling, he really wants to make this work.

‘He always told himself after his divorce that he would only get involved with someone that a future could be made, someone he could eventually introduce to his kids.

‘He really thinks very highly of her and where this relationship could go. He has zero worry with her, they seem to get each other and get along quite well.

The pair were also spotted having dinner-for-two at a sushi joint in New York City – just days after their budding romance was revealed.

New romance? Gisele has been repeatedly linked to her hunky jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente

New romance? Gisele has been repeatedly linked to her hunky jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente

New love: While Tom has moved on with supermodel Irina Shayk, 37, with their budding romance revealed in August following a sleepover at his home

New love: While Tom has moved on with supermodel Irina Shayk, 37, with their budding romance revealed in August following a sleepover at his home

As for Gisele, a separate source said she’s completely ‘unbothered’ by his romance with Irina because she had ‘moved on.’

‘Gisele is unbothered by Tom and Irina, or anyone that Tom dates, so long as they treat their kids with love,’ the insider said.

‘Tom and Gisele are divorced, and she’s moved on. So long as Tom plays an active role in his kids’ lives like he does and continues to be the wonderful father he is, Gisele is happy for him and whoever he chooses to fall in love with.’

The CBS New Sunday Morning interview will air on Sunday, September 24 on CBS, and also stream on Paramount+. 




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