Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, who have been living separately for the past few weeks, have hired divorce lawyers and are “exploring options” regarding their marriage, a source close to the couple told CNN on Tuesday.
CNN reported last month that Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his wife, Bündchen, a fashion model, are dealing with “marital issues,” according to a source close to them. couple
The two, who married in 2009, have been “living apart,” a source close to Bündchen told CNN in September.
Brady, 45, retired from the NFL in February, only to later reverse that decision. He took an 11-day leave of absence from practice in August to “deal with personal matters,” according to coach Todd Bowles.
In an interview with Elle magazine published last month, Bündchen, 42, said she was “concerned” about her husband returning to the field after initially retiring last winter.
“It’s a very violent sport, and I have my own children and I would like him to be more present,” Bündchen told the publication. “I’ve certainly had those conversations with him over and over again. But at the end of the day, I think everyone has to make a decision that counts [them]. He must follow his joy, too.’
In a recent interview on his podcast, Brady talked about the personal costs of playing in the NFL for two decades.
“I haven’t had a Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 23 years, I haven’t celebrated a birthday with people who are born from August to the end of January. And I can’t be at funerals and I can’t be at weddings,” said Brady. “I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough and it’s time to move on, to move on to other parts of life.'”
CNN has reached out to representatives for Brady and Bündchen for comment.