Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and former Victoria's Secret supermodel Gisele Bündchen officially announced that they are divorced on Friday. The divorce was filed in Florida and ended the power couple's 13-year marriage. They share two children — 12-year-old son Benjamin and 9-year-old daughter Vivian Lake.
Brady made the "painful" announcement in a post on Instagram.
"In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage," Brady said. "We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together."
"We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback stated. "We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve."
"We arrived at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration. Doing so is, of course, painful and difficult, like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world," he continued. "However we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written. And we kindly ask for privacy and respect as we navigate what is to come in the days and weeks ahead. Thank you."
Bündchen released her own statement on Twitter.
"With much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce," Bündchen announced. "My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart. We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care and attention they greatly deserve."
"The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we have grown apart and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always," the Brazilian fashion model added. "I kindly ask that our privacy be respected during this sensitive time."
A source told TMZ, "Lawyers for both Gisele and Tom have been working with a mediator to hammer out both property settlement and custody."
Tom Brady has an estimated net worth of $250 million. Gisele Bündchen has a reported net worth of $400 million.
The divorce arrives months following the 45-year-old Brady deciding to retire from the NFL after 22 years so that he can focus his "time and energy on other things that require my attention."
However, he then backtracked and returned to the Buccaneers in March.
"I've realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it's not now," he wrote on Twitter.
This season, the Brady-led Buccaneers have a record of 3-5 and have lost three straight games. Brady and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in his first year in Tampa after he was with the New England Patriots for nearly all of his illustrious football career.
In September, Bündchen revealed that she had "concerns" about Brady returning to football.
"Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present," Gisele told Elle magazine. "I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too."
In early October, Brady and Bündchen reportedly hired divorce lawyers.
The couple got married in February 2009.
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