Gisele Bündchen opened up about her mental health struggles at the peak of her modelling career due to the pressure she felt in her early days as a model.
The 43-year-old supermodel, whose plans for the future include a collaboration with Gaia supplements and publishing her own cookbook, told CBS Sunday Morning about the crippling anxiety 20 years ago that caused to have suicidal thoughts.
‘You know, I was in tunnels. I couldn’t breathe,’ she told host Lee Cowan who visited Gisele at her part-time home in Costa Rica.
‘And then I started being in studios, and I felt, like, suffocated,’ she explained.
‘I lived on the 9th floor, and I had to go up the stairs because I was afraid I would be stuck on the elevator, and I’d be hyperventilating. … You know when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, I don’t want to live like this, you know what I mean?’
Opening up: Gisele Bundchen opened up about the crippling anxiety that plagued her in her early 20s in an interview on CBS Sundat Morning
‘Did you really think about jumping?’ she was asked.
‘Yeah. For, like, a second,’ she replied.
Gisele addressed the issue in her 2018 memoir, Lesson: My Path to a Meaningful Life.
She said she went to a doctor who gave her anti-anxiety medication for her panic attacks.
Instead, she decided to combat them by turning to yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
She also quit smoking and caffeine and cut down on sugar.
During her marriage, she and ex-husband Tom Brady, 46, were also known for their mostly plant-based way of eating.
Now a single mom, who shares her children Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 13, with the former quarterback, said looking back she wouldn’t change anything, including her very public divorce.
Anxiety: Gisele may have looked calm on the runway, but she has revealed she suffered from crippling anxiety and panic attacks as a model in her early 20s (Pictured in Sao Paulo in June 2003)
Hyperventilating: ‘I’d be hyperventilating. … You know when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, I don’t want to live like this, you know what I mean?’ she said (Pictured in London in 1998)
‘I mean, it’s not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for,’ the model admitted.
‘My parents have been married for 50 years, and I really wanted that to happen. But I think you have to accept, you know, sometimes that the way you are in your 20s, it’s sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart.’
‘I mean, he’s the father of my kids, you know? So, I always wish him the best, and I’m so grateful that he gave me wonderful children.’
No changes: Gisele said she wouldn’t change anything about her life, including her marriage to ex Tom Brady, 46. ‘I mean, it’s not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for… sometimes… the way you are in your 20s, it’s sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart’ (Pictured in New York in May 2019)
Motherhood: Gisele shares shares her children Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 13, with the former quarterback. ‘I always wish him the best, and I’m so grateful that he gave me wonderful children,’ she said
As she looks to what lies ahead, the cover model is thinking about what will make her happy.
‘I’m in a different place in my life. I’m able to choose more of what I want,’ she explained.
‘I think before I was more surviving, and now I’m living, which is different.’
If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide, text or call 988 to talk to someone at the National Suicide Hotline.
Gisele’s interview on CBS Sunday Morning is scheduled to air September 24 at 9am, and stream on Paramount+.