“We came at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together,” the 45-year-old quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said on Instagram.
“We have been blessed with lovely and delightful children who will remain the center of our universe in every manner.” As parents, we will continue to collaborate to ensure that they receive the love and care they need.”
The famous couple married in 2009 and have two children: Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9. Brady has a 15-year-old son with his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan. Brady and Bündchen are said to be wealthy by hundreds of millions of dollars.
“The decision to dissolve a marriage is never easy, but we have grown apart,” Bündchen, 42, said in an Instagram message. “While it is, of course, tough to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only hope the best for Tom always.”
Brady rejoined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, only weeks after declaring his retirement in February. In an interview with Elle Magazine in September, Bundchen highlighted her reservations about Brady returning to football for the 23rd season, his third with the Buccaneers.
“Obviously, I have my concerns—this is a very brutal sport, and I have children, and I would like him to be more present,” she explained. “I’ve had those chats with him numerous times. But, in the end, I believe that everyone must make a decision that works for [them]. He, too, must follow his bliss.”
Brady’s Buccaneers are 3-5 this season, an uncharacteristically dismal record for the quarterback, who has won seven Super Bowls, six with the New England Patriots and one with Tampa.
The Buccaneers were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.