Tom Brady, the quarterback, and Gisele Bündchen, the supermodel, have officially divorced after 13 years of marriage. The couple posted separate comments on their Instagram stories on Friday morning to confirm the news.
“In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage,” Brady wrote. “We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.
“We arrived at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration,” Brady’s statement continued. “Doing so is, of course painful and difficult, like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world. However we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written.”
While Brady and Bündchen had “grown apart,” Bündchen said that she felt “fortunate” for the time they had had.
“With much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce.” Bündchen said in a statement. “My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart. We will continue co-parenting to give them love, care, and attention they greatly deserve.
“The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have grown apart and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always.”
Brady and Bündchen both pleaded for privacy as they wrapped up their remarks.
Less than two hours before to Brady and Bündchen’s statements, TMZ reported that the supermodel and former Patriots quarterback had reached a divorce settlement and were preparing to file formal divorce papers in Florida. The allegation was shortly corroborated by Page Six and People on Friday morning as well.
Early in September, around the time Page Six initially revealed that Brady and Bündchen were engaged in a “epic argument” over the quarterback’s choice to come out of retirement from the NFL, lawyers allegedly started working on the conditions of the couple’s divorce.
Since then, the reports regarding Brady and Bündchen’s failing marriage have persisted.
Page Six reported on October 4 that the couple had retained attorneys for their divorce.
According to a report in People magazine from October 7 citing an unnamed insider, Bündchen is “done” trying to make the marriage work and is ready “to go on.”
In recent weeks, photographers saw Brady and Bündchen without their wedding rings and bands, respectively.
In addition to co-parenting Jack, Brady’s son with actress Bridget Moynahan, age 15, they have two children together, Benjamin, age 14, and Vivian, age 9, and were married in 2009.