'He doesn't want to fight': Tom Brady reportedly 'hurting' over Gisele Bundchen amid marital woes

'He doesn't want to fight': Tom Brady reportedly 'hurting' over Gisele Bundchen amid marital woes
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady's split has left Brady sad and hurting (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Gisele/Instagram)

TAMPA, FLORIDA: Tom Brady, 45, married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, is struggling with the emotional toll that his marriage issues are putting on him. A close friend or family member of Brady was cited as stating, "It's quite evident that he's grieving, He feels really hurt by her."

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These reports started circulating not long after Brady played in the NFL for another season, despite the fact that he had previously said that he would leave the game after the upcoming season. The long-term pair has reportedly been facing "a lot of tension" as a result of their choice to reverse that decision, as stated by many sources who talked with "PEOPLE magazine."

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However, other people's accounts of their hardships, as reported by PEOPLE, are more complex than merely his comeback to football. "It's complicated," the insider says. "There's a lot more to it." And as of now, as Bundchen and Brady prepare to enter the next phase of their relationship, they have each retained the services of divorce attorneys. "She is the one steering the divorce," the first source says. "She is playing offense and he is playing defense. He wants to protect himself, protect his interests, but he's only starting to go the legal route in his defense from her. He doesn't want this to be ugly, he doesn't want to fight. If the divorce is happening — and it seems like it is — he wants it to go as smoothly as possible."

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Marriage problems are testing Brady's winning mentality. "Think about it: Tom has had a very charmed life," said the source before adding, "Things always seem to go his way. He works hard, he's a good guy, he hasn't had a lot of things go wrong in his life. This is awful for him. You can tell that this really, really hurts."

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A source informed PEOPLE in September that at the start of the 2022-23 NFL season, the couple had already been apart for "more than a month." "Gisele is busy with her own life now, and has spent time away from Tom in Miami and New York," said one insider. According to information obtained from a different source, "During the season, they live separate lifestyles." The supermodel, who has stated that she wants Brady to be more present with their children, has been quoted saying that Brady's choice to come out of retirement has been a cause of contention between the two of them. Both Brady and Bundchen have retained attorneys for their pending divorce, and according to the source, the supermodel has been working with her attorney for "weeks." Brady and Bundchen are preparing for the possibility of a judicial fight. "This is not something that just happened today," the insider said.

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