On paper, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen seem like the ultimate power couple, but even the biggest empires fall. The two have faced many struggles in their marriage, including threats of divorce. These troubling secrets have us wondering how much of a “power couple” these two actually are.
Bündchen’s father was hesitant to let go of her ex
Valdir Bündchen was a big fan of his daughter’s former man, Leonardo DiCaprio. In an exclusive interview, he told Daily Mail UK that he used to bond well with DiCaprio and even invited him on the family’s private vacations. When the couple called it quits in 2006 after a five-year relationship, it was hard to Bündchen’s father to get over the break up and make room for Brady.
Next: Bündchen wasn’t initially interested in Brady.
Bündchen didn’t want anything to do with Brady initially
Bündchen has admitted that she wasn’t interested in Brady at first. When the model was shown a picture of the quarterback, she thought that he was “cute” but didn’t want anything to do with him because he had a girlfriend.
“Tom Brady, definitely not too shabby. He’s cute, but if he has a girlfriend, he’s gay to me,” she said, per Vogue. “There are too many men in the world to go after a man who has a woman. Life is too short.”
The two were eventually set up on a blind date by a mutual friend after Brady became single, and when they met in person, Bündchen described their connection as love at first sight.
Next: She almost left Brady when this big piece of news came out.
Bündchen considered leaving Brady when she found out about his love child
Bündchen and Brady were only together a few months when news broke that Brady was expecting a child with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan. “It was kind of one of those moments of like, ‘Do I just run away?’” Bündchen told People in 2015. Bündchen said the news was extremely hard for her to deal with. Their seemingly perfect first months turned out not to be the fairytale Bündchen had wanted.
Next: Why a star’s nanny got to wear Brady’s Super Bowl rings.
Brady once let Ben Affleck’s nanny wear his Super Bowl rings
Drama struck the Bradys when a photo surfaced in August 2015 that showed Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s nanny, Christine Ouzounian, sporting four Super Bowl rings on her right hand. Brady, Affleck, and his nanny were all on a Las Vegas trip together when it happened. The photo was taken on June 27, just a few days before the news broke that Affleck and Garner would divorce. Bündchen was fuming and embarrassed, and some reports alleged that she even interviewed her nannies to make sure nothing was going on behind her back.
Next: Deflategate was especially hard on their marriage.
Brady was ‘nasty and cold’ to Bündchen during Deflategate
People reports that Brady has a tendency to be “nasty and cold” when dealing with his problems. Brady is extremely focused on his career, and Bündchen has often been left on the back burner, according to the magazine. Leaving her out of his life has led to multiple arguments between the two. The pair also didn’t celebrate their birthdays together that summer. Plus, Bündchen was a no-show at the Patriots’ 2015 pre-season game against the Packers amid the drama.
Next: A surprising crime occurred at their wedding.
Gunshots were fired at their wedding
In February 2009, Brady and Bündchen were married during a small Catholic ceremony watched by just a few close friends and family in California. In April of that same year, they celebrated their marriage again with a ceremony in Costa Rica. The pair wanted to keep these nuptials pretty intimate as well, but the paparazzi were trying to get pictures.
Bodyguards for the couple reportedly approached the photogs to try to retrieve their cameras, and an altercation ensued. Law enforcement officials said that the bodyguards then fired gunshots at the photographers when they tried to leave.
Bündchen claims that she and her husband never heard any gunfire, but the two bodyguards, Miguel Solis and Alexander Rivas, were found guilty of attempted murder in 2013.
Next: Did Bündchen meet with a divorce lawyer to threaten Brady?
Bündchen threatened to divorce Brady
In the wake of Deflategate, Brady reacted with poise in front of the cameras. However, behind the scenes, there was trouble in paradise. The two had gone nearly two months without being photographed together, and Bündchen allegedly met with a divorce lawyer as a threat for Brady to change his attitude.
Next: She sometimes does this without Brady to get away from it all.
Bündchen takes lavish vacations without her husband
The supermodel flew with her sister to Paris during the summer of 2015 — with no Brady in sight. Bündchen may have been trying to escape Brady’s bad attitude when she jetted across the pond without him amid the Deflategate scandal. While in Paris, it was reported that Bündchen allegedly wore a burqa to enter a high-end plastic surgery facility, after claiming she works hard daily to keep the body she has. It seems like Brady and Bündchen both have a few hidden secrets.
Next: Rumors recently surfaced about Brady and this extremely public figure.
Rumors recently swirled about Brady and Ivanka Trump
A dark cloud appeared over the couple once more in late 2017 when Anthony Scaramucci claimed that Brady once had a fling with Ivanka Trump, and Bündchen wouldn’t let him visit the White House. Brady said that he didn’t attend the Super Bowl champions’ visit to the White House because of personal family matters. He never disclosed what those matters were. Rumors spread about whether or not Bündchen is too possessive of Brady if there was a previous romance with Trump.
Next: An inside look at how the Brady family lives.
The kids eat healthy
Brady has three adorable children. One with actress Bridget Moynahan, and two with his wife, Gisele. Jack is 10, Benny is eight, and Vivian is five.
Tom Brady’s kids eat very, very healthy food. “80 percent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables,” Allen Campbell, personal chef to the family, told Business Insider. “If it’s not organic, I don’t use it,” Campbell said. The kids eat fruit, a food their dad hardly touches. “I make fruit rolls from bananas, pineapple, and spirulina,” Campbell said.
Next: Not even a vacation prevents healthy eating.
How they eat healthy away from home
Per an interview in the Boston Globe, Campbell calls up the hotels that Brady visits and gives them a rundown of what the famous couple likes to eat. Yes, it seems intense to have a personal chef mapping out meals while the couple is away. But if they both like to eat that way and look fantastic, then more power to them. Besides, that helps both Tom and Gisele avoid that terrible trend of gaining weight on vacation. (Eating out is widely viewed as one of the best perks of being away from home. But if sticking to such a strict menu helps scoop up Super Bowl rings … )
Next: The family’s on the move.
The Brady family stays active
“We are all pretty active at our home. We do some form of physical exercise every day; it all depends where we are,” Bündchen told People magazine. We doubt the kids watch hours and hours of TV on end or spend an excessive amount of time playing video games. Judging from Gisele and Tom’s Instagram feeds, the family likes to spend as much time outside as possible.
Next: Benny steals the show from his dad.
Benny likes to dab
During the parade for the Patriots in 2017 celebrating their Super Bowl win, Brady’s son, Benny, stole the show. Benny’s go-to move during the parade was the dab. He danced while Brady waved to the crowd, as shown in Only in Boston’s video. Turns out, Benny loves to dab. He can even dab while skiing, according to Tom’s Instagram.
Next: Tom’s daughter enjoys watching football.
Vivian loves watching her dad play football
Known as “Vivi,” Tom’s youngest loves watching him play football. Both Gisele and Tom’s Instagram feeds are filled with pictures of her watching Tom play football. Usually, she’s wearing her dad’s jersey along with her brothers. Sometimes, she wears Patriot leggings.
Next: Vivian has her dad wrapped around her finger.
Tom can’t say ‘no’ to Vivian
Off the field, Vivian is her dad’s coach. “That little girl owns my day — owns my life,” Brady told ET. “[I] cannot say ‘no’ to anything. Whatever she tells her dad to do, that’s what I do. That’s just the way it goes,” Brady said.
Next: The family loves interacting with these animals.
The family goes horseback riding
The family loves to ride horses. Specifically, they love riding horses on the beach. Instagram tells us the family goes riding at least once a year. Gisele, who loves being in nature, is a natural at horseback riding, and Vivian is right at home as well. The boys love horses too, especially cuddling with them.
Next: They even make time to do this together.
They eat dinner together
The family diet is important to the Bradys, although they don’t cook the food themselves. The family’s personal chef shows up twice a day, every day, to prepare meals for Brady, Bündchen, and their children, and the family eats at the same time every day. “I get to their house at maybe 11 and serve lunch at 12:30,” Chef Allen Campbell said in a 2016 interview. “Then I will usually shop again, and cook and then serve dinner between 5:30 and 6.” It keeps their routine in check and ensures they’re always at the table together.
Next: Their household diet does allow for this sweet.
The approved sweets
OK, so the guy does enjoy a treat from time to time. But, you know, not like the rest of us do. Campbell reportedly prepares raw chocolate chip cookies for the Brady household. So basically, these aren’t super tasty Girl Scout cookies, but obnoxiously healthy snacks that look like cookies. And while some professional athletes admit that they indulge in a dessert every now and then to satisfy their cravings, Brady just goes all in on some avocado ice cream.
Next: Their relationship trick that helps keep them together.
Gisele Bündchen said in an interview that since she and Tom met in 2006, they have never gone one day without speaking to each other. Tom Brady has described Bündchen as one of the best parts of his life. Even if they’re thousands of miles apart, the couple finds time to talk at some point each day. Communication is key in a relationship, and for these two, it’s one of their biggest secrets to the success of their years-long marriage.
Additional reporting by Mandi Kerr.
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