Gisele Bündchen has been soaking in the sun and being one with nature ever since announcing her split from husband Tom Brady at the end of October.
She has been seen in Costa Rica, then spent the holidays in her native Brazil “recharging” with her “little ones in the country of my ,” as she wrote on social media.
In new photos obtained by Page Six, the supermodel was back in Costa Rica this week with her jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente. They were on a horseback ride together and each wore low-key outfits, with Bündchen in a green tank and jeans, and Valente in a tee and jeans.
Valente and his brothers trained the model “for years” in martial arts, Page Six reported. They also teach her children, Benjamin Rein, 13 and Vivian Lake, 10, whom she shares with Brady. Despite their longtime working relationship, the model made headlines when she was seen with Valente in November last year, just after she announced her divorce from Brady. At the time, the outlet reported that a source said they were a “strictly platonic and professional.”
People reported that the model “adores and trusts” Valente, “but I don’t think it’s a traditional dating scenario,” the source said. “They 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.”
While she has been spending more time in nature, sharing sun-kissed selfies along the way, she’s also ready to get back into her modeling career. In other reports from People, a source said Bündchen is “starting over in a good frame of mind” and that she feels “confident, strong and better than she has in a long, long time.”
“She knows she made the right decision in her life, and is focused on her career and her kids.”
Her first campaign post-split debuted recently, when she modeled in photos for Louis Vuitton’s new collaboration with renowned artist Yayoi Kusama.
One of the next events we could spot the star is at the 2023 Met Gala. It’s been reported she may walk the carpet solo, after regularly attending with Brady. We’ll be keeping an eye out, that’s for sure.