Tom Brady got everyone’s attention on Thursday when he posted a cryptic post on social media about the “betrayal of false friends” after ex-wife Gisele Bündchen broke her silence on what led to their divorce.
The 7-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback shared a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson on his Instagram Stories with his 13.7 million followers.
According to TMZ, it read: “What is success? To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children: To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends.”
It was the line about “false friends” that has since generated headlines. The quote goes on to define success as “to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Tom Brady appeared to react to Gisele Bündchen's divorce comments this week by sharing a cryptic quote on social media, referencing "the betrayal of false friends." https://t.co/BBFydoJBW8
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 23, 2023
The retired NFL star’s post didn’t mention Bündchen or her comments about the end of their relationship, but it was hard not to notice that his social media post included three heart emojis.
In a Vanity Fair report, the retired Victoria’s Secret model shut down rumors that their 13 years of marriage came to an end after Brady unretired in 2022.
The 42-year-old supermodel said she and Brady ended their marriage because “sometimes you grow together; sometimes you grow apart.”
“When I was 26 years old and he was 29 years old, we met, we wanted a family, we wanted things together,” Bündchen explained. “As time goes by, we realize that we just wanted different things, and now we have a choice to make.”
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“That doesn’t mean you don’t love the person,” she added. “It just means that in order for you to be authentic and truly live the life that you want to live, you have to have somebody who can meet you in the middle, right? It’s a dance. It’s a balance.”
When pressed further about whether Brady’s decision to unretire had something to do with their divorce, Bündchen said it “takes years” for a marriage to come to an end.
She said the headlines at the time were “very hurtful” and “made me somebody who is against football,” which she said was the furthest thing from the truth.
“Like, I would give up my dream because of…” Bündchen trails off. “Wow, people really made it about that. What’s been said is one piece of a much bigger puzzle. It’s not so black and white.”
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