After much speculation and tabloid headlines, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have officially announced their divorce in separate posts on their respective Instagram accounts. However, a divorce lawyer thinks the move is wise and gives them the privacy they want.
Brady and Bundchen have delayed filing for their divorce and only finalized it last week, several months since the rumors began. So why did the ex-couple decide to do it so late?
The former power couple filed the paperwork with a Florida court last week and confirmed their split in separate statements on Friday, October 28. Divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman, who has not worked with either party, explained to Page Sixthat they have chosen to settle the matter behind closed doors, without letting anyone in.
She explained this move is very common and the wiser way of doing things. She added that a public divorce would only spoil a celebrity’s image.
Newman went on to say that alongside their split, they were also negotiating custody and financial issues. They too had to be very careful about their public image, especially if they were considered very valuable.
It’s just smarter not to post anything until you’re done and the ink has dried, she explained.
Brady and Bundchen married in 2009 and have two children, Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9. The football player also has a 15-year-old son, Jack, with his ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
In court documents obtained by Page Six, the former couple attended a family stabilization class before officially divorcing, arguing that their marriage had broken up irretrievably. The quarterback completed the four-hour course on October 25, while the Victoria’s Secret Angel completed it on October 26.
The filings also show that the two have reached an agreement to settle the marriage, which is to remain confidential. This officially ended Brady and Bundchen’s 13-year marriage.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, meanwhile, said in separate statements that they made the decision to divorce amicably and in gratitude for the time spent together. After careful consideration, they both made the decision to end their marriage.
He then admitted that this was painful and difficult, just like it is for many people going through the same situation around the world. Nevertheless, he wished the two only the best for their new chapters in life.
In return, the Brazilian beauty revealed that while they may have drifted apart, they still felt blessed for their time together. She also wished her now ex-husband the best.
Brady and Bundchen will continue to raise their children together and give them the love, care and attention they so much deserve.