Gisele Bündchen‘s split from Tom Brady hasn’t been easy. The same day that the one-time couple announced that they’ve finalized their divorce, a source tells ET that the 42-year-old model is “devastated to end things with Tom.”
“She needed to put her and her kids first,” the source says. “Tom is a great father, but after years of sacrifice and basically being a single parent while Tom was playing football, Gisele had enough.”
“Gisele has been working with her healer to stay in a place of peace and come to terms with her marriage ending,” the source adds. “Tom and Gisele have love for one another, but Gisele knew she had to put herself and her family first over football.”
The pair, who tied the knot in 2009, are parents to Vivian, 9, and Benjamin, 12. Brady, 45, is also dad to John, 15, from a previous relationship.
Speculation of marriage problems between Bündchen and Brady began in March, when he unretired from the NFL. Rumours of a rift between them ramped up in September, after Brady was excused from practicing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to “deal with some personal things.”
“There’s a lot of s**t going on, so you just have to try and figure out life the best you can,” Brady said after he returned to practice. “You know, it’s a continuous process.”
In an interview with Elle shortly thereafter, Bündchen addressed Brady’s short-lived retirement.
“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” she said. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
Renewed breakup rumours surfaced when Bündchen did not attend Brady’s first NFL game since his unretirement.
Then, according to TMZ, the supermodel filed divorce documents in Florida on Oct. 28.
“Gisele and Tom worked on the terms of their settlement with a mediator,” a source told ET. “It has all been worked out and they agreed to joint custody of their children.”
Bündchen and Brady each spoke out shortly thereafter, posting similar statements to their Instagram Stories.
“We arrived at this decision amicably with gratitude for the time we spent together,” Brady wrote in part. “We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.”
“My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart,” Bündchen noted in her statement. “… The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we have grown apart.”
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