Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen announced on Friday that they have separated after 13 years of marriage.
“We came to this decision amicably and gratefully for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful, wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to ensure they always get the love and attention they deserve,” Brady wrote on his Instagram story . “We came to this decision to end our marriage after great thought.”
Bündchen echoed it with a statement of her own.
“With so much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have finalized our divorce amicably. My priority has always been and will always be our children who I love with all my heart. We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care, and attention they so much deserve,” she wrote. “The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we broke up and while of course it’s hard to go through something like this, I feel so lucky for the time we spent together and I always wish the best for Tom.”
“We wish only the best for each other as we pursue any new chapters in our lives that have yet to be written,” Brady added in his letter.
CNN previously reported that seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady, who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his wife, Bündchen, a model, have hired divorce attorneys and have been dealing with “marital issues,” according to a source close to the couple.
A source close to Bundchen told CNN in September that the two were “living separately.”
Brady, 45, had retired from the NFL in February, only to later reverse that decision. He took 11 days off training camp in August to “deal with personal matters,” according to his head coach Todd Bowles.
In an interview with Elle magazine published last month, Bündchen, 42, said she had “concerns” about her husband’s return to the field after he retired last winter.
“This is a very violent sport, and I have my kids and I would like him to be more present,” Bundchen told the publication. “I’ve definitely had these conversations with him over and over again. But in the end, I feel like everyone has to make a decision that works for them.” [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
In a recent conversation on his podcast, Brady talked about some of the personal costs of playing in the NFL for two decades.
“I haven’t had Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had Thanksgiving in 23, I haven’t had Christmases with the people I care about who were born from August to late January. I’m not able to attend funerals and I can’t be in,” Brady said. Weddings.” “I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I was filled with contentment and that was enough and time to move on, to move on to other parts of life.”
CNN has reached out to representatives for Brady and Bundchen for further comments.
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