In a wide-ranging interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, Tom Brady refuted reports of animosity between himself and Bill Belichick, saying they had a tearful farewell after their recent split, and the new Buccaneers quarterback also opened up about his marriage to Gisele Bundchen, couples therapy, raising his oldest child with actress Bridget Moynahan, and even abouy Donald Trump’s efforts to set him up with daughter Ivanka.
Brady stressed has no resentment towards Belichick, adding that he called the Patriots coach from owner Robert Kraft’s Massachusetts mansion on March 16 after deciding to sign with Tampa Bay.
‘I wanted him to hear it from me,’ Brady told Stern, adding, ‘Yeah, I was crying. I’m a try emotional person.’
Brady is a self-professed fan of Stern, but had never been interviewed on his satellite radio show before Wednesday, when he attempted to do so on an internet video conference call from the Tampa home he’s renting from Yankees legend Derek Jeter.
Those plans were scrapped early on when Brady’s screen froze several times.
‘I’ve got to upgrade his system,’ Brady joked about his friend and landlord, Jeter, later saying if something needs to be fixed, he will ‘call and b**** to him.’
In one of his first interviews since signing with the Bucs, Tom Brady opened up to Howard Stern on a number of topics, including his reportedly strained relationship with Bill Belichick
Brady is a self-professed fan of Howard Stern (pictured), but had never been interviewed on his satellite radio show before Wednesday, when he attempted to do so on an internet video conference call from the Tampa home he’s renting from Yankees legend Derek Jeter
Brady stressed has no resentment towards Belichick (right), adding that he called the Patriots coach from owner Robert Kraft’s home on March 16 after deciding to sign with Tampa Bay
While Brady did not officially leave New England until March, signing a two-year, $50 million deal with the Bucs, he told Stern he knew 2019 would be his final year with the Patriots even before the season began.
‘But I would say I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year,’ Brady said. ‘I knew that our time was coming to an end.’
Stern, who is admittedly not a football fan, asked if Brady was motivated by the suggestion that he would not have won his six Super Bowls without Belichick.
Brady objected, saying that wasn’t a motivating factor.
‘I think it’s a pretty s***ty argument actually that people would say that, because again, I can’t do his job, and he can’t do mine,’ Brady said on the program. ‘So the fact you could say, ‘Would I be successful without him, the same level of success?’ I don’t believe I would have been. But I feel the same vice versa, as well.’
Brady said his marriage was strained in New England, where Gisele felt Brady wasn’t doing enough at home for their two children Ben (left) and Vivian (bottom) or his son Jack (right)
Tom Brady also discussed raising his son Jack (far right) with Bridget Moynahan (far left, near right), whom he was with before marrying Gisele Bundchen
Completed in 2011, Jeter’s mansion includes seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, docks and is just a six-mile drive to the Buccaneers’ team facility. The biggest problem appears to be the wi-fi connection, which interrupted Brady’s interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday
Stern asked Brady directly if he has any resentment toward Belichick, with whom he’s worked with for 20 years.
‘No, absolutely not,’ Brady said. ‘No, because this is a part for me, in my life, to experience something very different. There are ways for me to grow and evolve in a different way that I haven’t had the opportunity to do — that aren’t right or wrong, but just right for me.
‘To have him allowed me to be the best I can be, so I’m grateful for that,’ he continued. ‘I very much believe that he feels the same way about me, because we’ve expressed that to each other.’
Stern addressed the various reports that Belichick was eyeing Brady’s eventual replacement over the final years together in New England.
To Brady, though, Belichick was simply doing his job, and the 42-year-old insisted that his longtime coach had always been loyal to him.
‘I think he has a lot of loyalty,’ Brady said. ‘He and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to, nor should they be, that so many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship or about how he felt about me. I know genuinely how he feels about me.
‘Now I’m not going to respond to every rumor or assumption that’s made, other than what his responsibility as coach is to get the best player for the team – not only in the short term but in the long term as well.’
Brady pictured with son Jack during a 2016 training camp session in Foxborough
Brady acknowledged challenges with his relationship with Bundchen, whom he married in 2009. Prior to dating Bundchen, Brady had been in a relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan, who gave birth to his son, Jack, as they were growing apart in 2006.
As Brady explained, the problems with Bundchen revolved around his focus on his career, which often came at the expense of hers.
‘She didn’t feel I was doing my part for the family,’ Brady said. ‘She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house and all the sudden when the season would end, I would be like, ‘Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.’
‘And she’s sitting there going, ‘Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?’ And that was a big part of our marriage. I had to, like, check myself. Because she’s like, ‘I have goals and dreams too.”
Brady said she explained her frustrations in a letter and the two ended up in couples therapy over the issue. He even skipped off-season team activities with the Patriots one summer to focus on his family life.
While that portion of the interview was not overly awkward for the Bucs star, a self-described ‘introvert,’ he did become a bit flustered when speaking about President Donald Trump’s repeated suggestions that Brady could have been in a relationship with his daughter Ivanka.
‘Trump always dreamed of you marrying Ivanka, and he told me he suggested it to you—but did you ever go out with her?’ Stern asked.
‘That was a long time ago in my life… No, there was never that, where we ever dated or anything like that,’ Brady said, before referencing his own daughter, Vivian.
‘I have a daughter… would I ever arrange my daughter…’ Brady said as Stern cut him off.
‘I know, it’s weird,’ said Stern, who has three daughters of his own with his ex-wife.
Both Trump and Stern had personal relationships with Trump before he became president, and they each said he asked them to speak on his behalf at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Obviously both declined.
‘I wasn’t going to do anything political,” Brady said about the request as he distanced himself from Trump, politically.
“The political support is totally different than the support of a friend,” Brady said. “I didn’t want to get into all the political — it is zero win anything.”
Brady said he began interacting with Trump following his first Super Bowl win at the end of the 2001 season.
Trump even suggested Brady should judge a Miss America Pageant.
‘He would call me after games,’ Brady said. ‘He became someone who would come to our games and cheer for the Patriots.’