Tom Brady has spoken publicly about his divorce from Gisele Bundchen, stating that he is focusing on his family and football during a “very amicable situation.”
The quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stated on his weekly podcast a few days after he and Bundchen announced their divorce, “I believe there are a lot of professionals in life who go through problems that they deal with at business and at home.”
Obviously, the good news is that the situation is amicable, and I’m really focused on two things: taking care of my family, especially my children, and doing my best to win football games. That is what the experts do.”
Brady explained to sportscaster Jim Gray during his weekly visit on their “Let’s Go!” podcast, “You focus at work when it’s time to work, and when you get home, you focus on the priorities at home. All you can do is your absolute best. As long as I am employed and a father, I will continue to do so.”
Brady stated, “I believe this is what being a professional entails.” “Over the last 23 years, I’ve faced with numerous difficult circumstances on and off the field, and much of it has occurred in front of a large audience.
“Therefore, I believe the most exciting aspect of being a football player or an athlete in general is that you’re out there. I often say that even though we’re on television, we’re not actors. We are our true selves out there.
We are attempting to do our best. This is how people have truly gotten to know me over the years, through my TV appearances, and this is my genuine self that competes with my teammates every day and gives their all for the team.
“Everyone experiences different things. We all have our distinct struggles in life. All of us are human. We do our absolute best.”
On Friday, Brady and Bundchen each announced their divorce on Instagram.
In February, Brady, 45, announced his retirement from the NFL, only to later change his decision. According to his head coach Todd Bowles, he took an 11-day break from training camp in August to “address personal matters.”
In a recent episode of his podcast, Brady discussed some of the human expenses of his two-decade NFL career.
“I haven’t celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving in 23 years, and I haven’t celebrated birthdays with folks I care about who were born between August and late January. Brady stated that he was unable to attend funerals or weddings.
In a September interview with Elle magazine, Bündchen, 42, expressed “concerns” regarding her husband’s return to the field after initially quitting last winter.
“This is a pretty harsh sport, and I want him to be more present for my children,” Bündchen told the tabloid. “I have had these chats with him on numerous occasions. But in the end, I believe that everyone must make a decision that benefits [them]. He must also pursue his joy.”