Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen 'living separately,' news reports say. Details about couple's life in Florida
There's trouble among the Brady bunch.
The first couple of NFL football have been living apart for more than a month, news reports state.
Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen are "living separately," according to People magazine, Yahoo News! and other sites. The supercouple apparently have had problems since Brady retired, then "un-retired" from the NFL.
The Super Bowl champion quarterback announced his retirement in January, then announced he would be back on the Bucs field in March. Though he reported for training camp in July, he left in early August for 11 days with an excused absence.
Here's what we know about the couple and their life in Florida.
Who is Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen?
Married since 2009, Brady, 45, has seven Super Bowl rings, the most touchdown passes and wins, in the regular season and playoffs, ever by a single player. He's largely considered the greatest of all time in football. In 2019, Brady left the New England Patriots for a two-year, $50 million deal to play quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 42-year-old Bundchen, one of the highest paid models in the world, is a Brazilian supermodel, author, environmental activist and former Victoria's Secret angel.
Brady and Bundchen moved to Florida in 2020. A year later, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay.
The couple are parents to their two children, Benjamin and Vivian. Brady also has a son, Jack, with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan ("Blue Bloods," "John Wick" film series).
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Where do Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen live?
In December 2020, the superstar couple bought a $17 million house in Indian Creek Island, a private island in Miami that's also known as "Billionaire Bunker."
Indian Creek Island is a 300-acre island in Biscayne Bay with about 30 homes and an ultra-exclusive country club and golf course.
Other Billionaire Bunker residents include Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
What happened with Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen?
After his initial announcement to retire, Brady had said he planned to spend more time with his family. Months later, he "unretired" from pro football, which, news reports say, has caused tension among the couple.
According to People magazine, the couple have been living apart for "more than a month," and have been away from each other for the past six weeks, with Brady returning to the NFL. "Gisele is busy with her own life now, and has spent time away from Tom in Miami and New York," the People magazine article states, with a source adding, "During the season, they live separate lives."
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When Tom Brady left the Patriots, Gisele said, 'I got your back'
In 2019, Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs, joining a team with the worst winning percentage in league history, according to USA TODAY. Tampa Bay hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007 and hadn’t had a postseason win since its lone Super Bowl championship run 18 years ago.
On Feb. 2, 2019, Gisele posted a photo of she and Brady on the football field — with Brady sporting his New England Patriots uniform — with the caption: "I got your back! ❤️"
When Brady announced his retirement from the NFL via social media, Bundchen used the same platform to congratulate her husband on his legendary career. Posting to her 19 million followers, Bundchen said: "What a ride @tombrady! So many memories! When I met you over 15 years ago, I didn’t know the first thing about football. But cheering for you and seeing you do what you love most made me learn about this wonderful game to the point that I seriously believed I knew more than the referees! We always had a special champions playlist for every drive on our way to the game. As a family, we always prayed for you, celebrated and supported you in every game, cheered every win and suffered with every loss.
I’m so proud of you, and of everything you have had to overcome physically and emotionally over the years. I am in awe of your dedication, and of everything you have achieved. You love what you do, and you leave behind a legacy that is a beautiful example for future generations.
You are the most dedicated, focused and mentally tough person I have ever met. You never once complained over the years about all the bruises and aches and pains. You just kept focusing on your goal to go out there and be the best leader there was to all your teammates.
I know how excited you are about the next chapter of your life. Watching you work so hard in your football career and seeing the dedication you are now putting into all your new endeavors is incredibly inspiring. There is nothing you can’t achieve. I have always been here for you, you know that, and I’m as excited as you are for what the future holds!
Words can’t really express how grateful I am to everyone who has been so supportive of my husband and our family for so many years.
With all my love, Gisele"
Supporters say, 'Don't worry about Tom Brady'
Bruce Arians, former head coach for the Bucs and consultant with the team, shared his thoughts about Brady's retirement and unretirement announcements and his 11-day excused absence during training camp with Jori Epstein, USA TODAY Sports NFL writer.
Said Arians: "It's a matter of, when you're 45 and you have way, way more things in your life going on than a 25-year-old does. For Tom ... he needed the time. It was great for us because we got to work with our backup quarterbacks. He came back, looks great as ever. Energy in the building shot back up 100%. I think it was a really good move for everybody."
Should fans be worried about Tom Brady's focus or mental health going into the 2022 season?
According to Arians, no. "The thing about Tom Brady — you never have to worry about focus. He's all in or he wouldn't be in there. He is all in and laser-focused. You can ask the players in the huddle that get their butt chewed out all the time by him. They all know he's laser-focused and ready to roll. Don't worry about Tom Brady, that's for sure."
Brady's former New England Patriots teammate Devin McCourty echoed Arians'
comments about balancing life in the NFL and his life in the spotlight in an interview with USA TODAY Sports reporter Mackenzie Salmon.
"It's tough," McCourty said. "Sometimes we don't think about it." At 35, McCourty is married with two young children. "For all of us, that's the great balance. That's something we all talk about as husbands and fathers, of how we take care of our homes and our duties at home, but also, how can we be the best player for our teammates, for our teams and for ourselves individually?
McCourty went on to talk about Brady's work ethic.
"I know Tom's one of the greatest. I've seen his work ethic, what he puts into the game, how much it means to him to be able to not just play for himself, but to show up for his teammates. I'm sure there's no doubt whatever he's doing, he's still finding a way to take care of what he needs to take care of footballwise."
Will Tom Brady retire in 2023?
In another Sports Seriously podcast, host Mackenzie Salmon asked Pro football Hall of Famer Dan Marino about Brady's mindset and the 2022 season.
"The thing is, if you always have that, if you're a great player, in your heart, you never know if you want to retire or should you retire.
"If you still have that desire to play, you should take every opportunity to play because once you're done, that's it. It's over. He's probably going to play this year and then take another look at it when the year's over."
Contributing: Mackenzie Salmon, Jori Epstein, USA TODAY Sports, AP
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