Tom Brady admits Gisele Bündchen ‘wasn't satisfied’ with their marriage due to his schedule and sought therapy
In a tell-all interview on 'The Howard Stern Show', Brady said his wife started questioning him about when he would start doing more around the house and be more involved in their children's lives
Tom Brady has revealed that he and supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen were having problems with their marriage towards the end of his stint with the New England Patriots that resulted in him missing team activities.
Brady, 42, who has been married to Bündchen since 2009 and shares two children with her, revealed on the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, April 7, that his marriage with his wife has not been as rosy as it has seemed on the outside.
The quarterback shared that Bündchen had not been "satisfied with our marriage" because of how much attention he was paying to football and business deals while she was left taking care of their house and children.
In a bid to save their relationship, Brady said he started skipping Organized Team Activities (OTAs) so they could work on and resolve their issues.
"There was a couple years ago, she didn't feel I was doing my part for the family," he shared. "She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house and all the sudden when the season would end, I would be like, 'Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.'"
Brady said his wife started questioning him about when he would start doing more around the house and be involved more in their children's lives, which was when he realized he should be doing more.
"She's sitting there going, 'Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?'" he said. "And that was a big part of our marriage. I had to, like, check myself. Because she's like, 'I have goals and dreams too.'"
The 42-year-old explained that the tensions between them kept increasing and, eventually, reached a tipping point where Bündchen had to write him a "heartfelt" letter explaining what she saw were the flaws in their relationship.
"She wasn’t satisfied with our marriage," he said. "So I needed to make a change in that."
To solve these problems, he said they ended up going to therapy, which was why he ended up missing the OTAs. But he insisted that all those problems were behind them now.
"What worked for us 10 years ago won’t work for us forever," he said. "We’re growing in different ways."
In the same interview, Brady said his wife was "different" from how the public perceived her and described her as a very "spiritual woman" who practices meditation and "believes in trying to heal herself."
Brady had started dating Bündchen in December 2006 after breaking up with actress Bridget Moynahan, who was more than three months pregnant with his child at the time. He and Bündchen tied the knot in February 2009 in an intimate Catholic ceremony in Santa Monica, California.
"I don’t know if it was love at first sight," he said of his initial encounter with the supermodel.
Brady left the New England Patriots after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl titles earlier this year and said he would be continuing his football journey some "place elsewhere.” He went on to sign a two-year, $50 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is set to be the oldest player in the NFL.