Gisele Bundchen is ‘feeling confident and strong and knows she made the right decision’ in ending her marriage to Tom Brady, a source close to the star told People on Tuesday.
The supermodel, 42, and the NFL superstar, 45, confirmed their split on October 28 following weeks of speculation – with Gisele now at the center of a swirl of rumors about the status of her relationship with hunky jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente.
Now it has been claimed the Vogue coverstar is ‘starting over in a good frame of mind’, ‘feels confident, strong and better than she has in a long, long time’ – and is even considering attending the Met Gala solo for the first time in 15 years.
Happier times: Gisele Bundchen is ‘feeling confident and strong and knows she made the right decision’ in ending her marriage to Tom Brady, a source close to the star told People on Tuesday
A source said: ‘She knows she made the right decision in her life, and is focused on her career and her kids’
‘Gisele will do what she needs to do and go where she needs to be, and I think that includes the Met Gala red carpet.’
This comes after a source told People that ‘Gisele adores and trusts [Joaquim] and has been spending a lot of time with him’ but the duo are not in a ‘traditional dating scenario.’
The insider spilled that Gisele and Joaquim ‘have a deep personal relationship, and he is a teacher to her and the kids. Whether or not it will ever become more than that rests on the table.’
She adores him: A source says Gisele ‘adores and trusts’ her hunky jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente but the two don’t have a ‘traditional dating scenario’
Family: The couple share custody of their two children, Vivian and Benjamin. Tom also has a third son John, 15, from his relationship with Bridget Moynahan. They are shown in February 2022, after he announced he was retiring – but he changed his mind a month later
Another source declared Gisele was ‘happy and doing really well’ but was ‘focused on her kids, her health and work.’
Gisele and Joaquim were spotted together in Costa Rica last week just days before Tom’s Tampa Bay team’s disastrous 31-14 loss to the Cowboys on Monday – with the sportsman refusing to rule out retirement for a second time.
During his latest sighting with Gisele, Joaquim wore a grey top and shorts as he joined the Vogue cover star for a run – two months after the pair were first spotted in the country alongside her two children with Tom – Benjamin, 13, and Vivian, 10 – which quickly sparked romance rumors between the pair.
Flying solo? The source added: ‘Gisele will do what she needs to do and go where she needs to be, and I think that includes the Met Gala red carpet (pictured 2010)
However, a source close to Gisele furiously denied that they were in a relationship at the time, insisting that the date was anything but romantic – and maintaining that Joaquim was nothing more than a close family friend.
‘He’s been her kids’ jiu-jitsu teacher for years,’ the insider claimed. ‘There’s no truth to the rumors that they’re dating.’
Gisele and Joaquim appear to go way back, and they even participated in a photoshoot for Dust Magazine together alongside Joaquim’s brothers, Pedro and Giu Valente, last year.
An insider recently told People that Gisele is ‘super charged about her career in the next few months’ in the wake of her divorce. ‘She is busy making decisions and feels happy and more settled than she has in a long time.’
Marital issues: A source told People magazine that Tom ‘wasn’t as attentive as he should’ve been’ to Gisele before the split. They are pictured in September 2016
Brady first retired in January 2022 while he was with the New England Patriots, but stayed away for a mere 40 days before announcing he would return to the Buccaneers for the 2022 season.
Gisele filed for divorce because she felt her partner ‘wasn’t as attentive as he should’ve been.’
‘That’s what [Gisele] wanted: to be heard. And he wasn’t hearing her,’ the insider noted to the site.
As Bundchen, a native of Brazil, raised their two children — the athlete was ‘busy following his passion.’Brady also shares 15-year-old son Jack with ex Bridget Moynahan.
Someone familiar with the quarterback dished: ‘When he’s in the middle of a season, [Brady] does what most NFL players do: live, breathe, eat and sleep football,’ adding: ‘Tom is more like that than anyone.’
Another source countered: ‘He was always there for her and the kids. Even during football.
‘He’s an anomaly because he’s played for so long. Yes, he worked just like any parent worked, but he always spends a great deal of time with his family.’
Brady ducked questions on free agency and what the future holds for him on Monday, choosing to end his post-game media duties with a monologue praising reporters in the room.
‘I just want to say thank you guys for everything this year. I really appreciate all your effort,’ Brady said, following Tampa Bay’s 31-14 loss to the Cowboys.
Round two? Brady’s team Tampa Bay Buccaneeers suffered a disastrous 31-14 loss to the Cowboys on Monday – with the sportsman refusing to rule out retirement for a second time
In a statement posted to Instagram, the athlete called his and Gisele’s decision to end their relationship ‘painful,’ but vowed to put their kids first so that they ‘receive the love and attention they deserve.’
Gisele added in a post of her own: ‘My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart.
‘We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care, and attention they greatly deserve.
‘The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have grown apart. It is, of course, difficult to go through something like this.’
The supermodel concluded by stating that she ‘wished’ her ex ‘the best,’ and said she was ‘blessed’ for the ‘time they had together.’
Brady had a chaotic season – both on and off the field – culminating in his first losing campaign