Prioritize his family. Tom Brady said he is grateful for his family’s support a month after he and Gisele Bundchen finalized their divorce.
“Thanksgiving, it’s always time for family,” the quarterback, 45, said while speaking with Charles Barley on Monday, November 21 episode of his SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray.” While discussing the ways his parents supported him and his sisters as they grew up, Brady continued, “When you think about this holiday and the commitment that parents put into and that my parents have made to me and my career, it’s incredible. You know what I mean?”
He added: “It’s just, I’m here in my 23rd season, looking forward to finishing strong here after Thanksgiving, and of course with a lot of gratitude for the people who have made such a huge impact in my life and supported me throughout this amazing career. And you know, I just want to be that for my kids. I just want to be the best dad I can be.”
Brady’s comments come a month after he and the 42-year-old supermodel – who share children Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9 – announced they were calling it quits after more than a decade of marriage.
“In the past few days, my wife and I have finalized our divorce from each other after 13 years of marriage,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player wrote on Oct. 28 via his Instagram Story. “We have come to this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and amazing children who will remain the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to make sure make sure they always get the love and attention they deserve.”
He continued, “We wish each other only the best as we pursue the new chapters in our lives that have yet to be written. And we kindly ask for privacy and respect as we navigate what is to come in the coming days and weeks.”
Bündchen, for her part, added in a statement of her own that she and Brady – who also share son Jack, 14, with ex Bridget Moynahan – prioritized their children after their split. “The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one but we have grown apart and while it is obviously hard to go through something like this I feel blessed for the time we have had together and always wish Tom the Best.” she wrote via social media.
Us weekly confirmed in October that the former couple, who tied the knot in 2009, were living separately amid tension over Brady’s decision to return to the NFL just six weeks after he announced his retirement. “Tom and Gisele are still not agreeing on his retirement,” a source told Us exclusively at the time. “They currently live in separate houses, but continue to communicate.”
Despite the trouble it caused in his marriage, Brady told reporters that he has “no regrets” about his decision to continue playing football. “Absolutely not,” he told ESPN on Nov. 11. “I returned because I felt like I wanted to get involved, and I talked to the team about it, and they were excited to have me back.”
The athlete continued: “I don’t really regret things like that – I think if I put in the effort I mean it, and I’m doing my best and trying to give everything I can for this particular opportunity.”
Since the split, Bündchen has been spotted spending time with a Jiu-Jitsu instructor Joaquim Valentine during a vacation to Costa Rica. “[Gisele and Joaquim] have known each other for two years,” a source said exclusively U.S earlier this month, after the pair were photographed eating dinner with their children.