After 13 years of marriage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and his model wife, Gisele Bündchen, have officially divorced.
The news does not come as a huge surprise to fans. The couple has been living separately for the past few months after Brady unretired from the NFL. Both shared the sad news on their personal Instagram accounts.
"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," Bündchen wrote, while Brady added, "In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage... 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.
Due to both Brady and Bündchen's considerable net worth, many are wondering if the couple had a prenup in place. Keep reading to find out.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are divorced — did they have a prenup?
Back in August 2022, a disheveled Brady addressed his absence from training at a press conference after the Bucs’ loss at a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts that day.
“It’s all personal,” he said. “You know, everyone’s got different situations they’re dealing with, so we all have really unique challenges to our lives. And um, you know, I’m 45 years old, man. There’s a lot of s--t going on. So just gotta figure out life the best you can. And, you know, it’s a continuous process.”
Well, now amid the divorce confirmation, Brady's lackluster season (the Bucs are currently 3-5) makes a lot of sense. While neither has spoken publicly about a prenup, it would be surprising if there was not one in place, according to an attorney who spoke with Distractify.
"Given the high net worth of both parties, it would be surprising if they didn't have a prenuptial agreement," Leslie Barbara, chair of Divorce and Family Law Group at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron told Distractify. "The agreement, in likelihood, would protect all the assets that each party came into the marriage with, including any appreciation or transmutation of those assets."
However, a prenup does not address child support or custody, with the attorney adding, "With regard to any decisions involving child support, these determinations are made by looking at the needs of the children, with the goal of maintaining the lifestyle to which they are already accustomed."
There was gossip about drama between Brady and Bündchen — and a reported prenup — back in 2015.
In August 2015 OK! Magazine reported that Brady and his supermodel wife were headed for divorce, with a source telling the tabloid that things between him and Bündchen “have been strained for a long time” and that the couple had “been plagued by the same problems” for years.
The source also suggested that Brady and Bündchen had signed a prenup ahead of their 2009 wedding. “Before they got married, Tom and Gisele already agreed how everything would be divided, so it would be straightforward,” the source said. “They’d have every reason to stay civil about their finances.”
Gisele Bündchen is worth considerably more than her now ex-husband.
If you want to compare Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's net worths, the supermodel definitely has the upper hand. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bündchen is worth $400 million, while Brady is worth $250 million.
The couple recently bought a home in Miami in 2022 for $17 million, and Brady rents Derek Jeter's home in Tampa for $75,000 a month.
Money aside, both Bündchen and Brady's first priority is their two children, Benjamin and Vivian. "We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way," Brady added on Instagram. "We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve."