Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen love story: NFL star and model saved their marriage with therapy
Married for over 13 years, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady have become a major power couple in the NFL, here's their heartwarming story
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is an NFL sensation. Despite leaving the New England Patriots after 19 years, he's shown no signs of wear. In fact, 2020 has proven to be one of his best years so far. Judging by his social media feed, a lot of the credit for his success goes to his wife Gisele Bündchen. Since they tied the knot in 2009, the duo has been a major power couple in the NFL, only going from strength to strength over the years.
If you read MEAWW a lot, you know we love to cover the heartwarming stories of celebrities and their relationships. In March, we covered the rocky marriage of Keyshawn Johnson, and how he nearly divorced his wife Jennifer Conrad just seven months after they got married. Following the shocking death of Geno Hayes in April 2021, we also talked about his wife Shevelle Hayes, who once stabbed Geno. We also brought to you the story of Misty McMichael, who is married to former Chicago Bears footballer Steve McMichael.
While many of these stories are heartwarming, the tale of Tom and Gisele is something else entirely. It began as a blind date and has now resulted in a decade-long marriage with three kids, like something straight out of a Disney film. If that has piqued your interest, here's the full story of Tom and Gisele.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's love story
In December 2006, a mutual friend set up Gisele and Tom on a blind date. "The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, that is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!" Since then, the couple hasn't gone a single day without talking, she revealed to Vanity Fair. The initial bliss, was, however, tragically cut short. Two months after they began dating, Tom found out that his ex Bridget Moynahan was pregnant. "I felt my world had been turned upside down. Needless to say, that wasn't an easy time but it was a time that brought about so much growth," she wrote in her memoir. She revealed the news nearly tore the couple apart, but they managed to work through it.
Then in 2009, Tom popped the question, reportedly aboard a private plane lined with roses. However, the proposal came much earlier she revealed. Gisele told Vanity Fair that they were secretly engaged for considerably longer but she avoided wearing her ring in public because she didn’t want to draw any more attention to herself. In February 2009, they got married in a small intimate wedding ceremony at St Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California. "We planned it in like 10 days, and it was perfect," Tom told GQ. They then held a second ceremony in Costa Rica, with a wider variety of family and friends.
Now, well over a decade later, Gisele and Tom are happily married with two children of their own — Vivian Lake and Benjamin Brady — as well as Moynahan's son John Edward Thomas as a "bonus" child. Since then, Gisele has proven to be a rock in Tom's life, best highlighted by how he managed to survive the 'deflategate' scandal in 2015. "I think no matter how challenging it was, we were always being supportive of one another. And you know, that's the most important thing you can have in your life... a support system and love," she told CBS at the time.
In 2020, Brady revealed that their marriage wasn't as picture-perfect as some believed. "There was a couple of years ago, she didn't feel I was doing my part for the family," he revealed on the Howard Stern Show. "She wasn’t satisfied with our marriage, so I needed to make a change in that," he added. To solve the issues, they ended up going to therapy, which appeared to work.
In 2016, Gisele and Tom were named one of Forbes' most powerful couples, a rare distinction that they seem to be living up to all these years later. If you don't believe it, all you need to do is have a look at their social media. The couple appears to be very much in love, and supportive of each other.