Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen was seeing NFL quarterback for just two months when his ex-girlfriend of two years, Bridget Moynahan, told him she was having his baby. In Bündchen’s new memoir Lessons, she talks about the day everything unraveled. “The very next day the news was everywhere, and I felt my world had been turned upside down,” Bündchen writes. “Needless to say, that wasn’t an easy time. But it was a time that brought about so much growth.”
Rewind to the early days of their relationship. The model says the thing that drew her to Brady (whom she met on a blind date in 2006) was his strong family values. “I learned quickly that he was a warrior in his sport, pro football. What surprised me, and what I fell most in live with over time was his kindness, gentleness, his sweetness,” Bündchen says. “Tom was and is a solid character. He was as close to his parents and sisters as I am to mine, and I could tell he was very loving and had strong family values. It took me no time to realize he would be a good family man.”
Both shared a similar drive and ambition when it came to their careers. Brady told her he still felt he had another decade left in him at “high gear” as a pro-footballer before he wanted to start a family. And for Bündchen, who was just 26-years-old at the time, that “plan” worked in just fine with her. She of course was at the peak of her career as a bonafide Victoria’s Secret supermodel.
But as she says, in life, “the only constant is change”. After Brady told her the news of Moynahan’s pregnancy, little Jack was born in August 2007. Bündchen says her heart expanded in ways she didn’t know possible. “In fact, I credit Jack with accelerating Tom’s and my growing up in so many ways. The two of us agreed that Jack should have siblings closer to his own age, and not 10 years younger. With Jack in our lives, our priorities definitely started to shift. I wanted to be there for Jack and Tom, and do whatever I could to create stability in their lives, and help them to have a close relationship. Tom, especially, needed my support during that time, and whenever I’m in a position to be of help to anyone, especially someone I love, I will be there…We decided to start our family sooner rather than later. A couple of years later, we were married, I became pregnant, and soon we were busy growing our family between New England and Los Angeles.”
The couple share two children Ben, now 8, and Vivian, 5. Jack is now 11-years-old.