When Tom Brady began dating Gisele Bündchen, it seemed like the perfect match. The famous quarterback and supermodel looked set to become the ultimate power couple. But then a surprise development turned their world upside down: Bündchen discovered that Brady’s former partner, actress Bridget Moynahan, was expecting his child. It wasn’t exactly the ideal start to a relationship. Now, many years later, following her split from Brady, Bündchen is opening up about this challenging period and is revealing what it like to co-parent with his ex.
Brady and Moynahan meet
According to People magazine, Brady and Moynahan were first talked about as a couple in early 2004. They became a high-profile pairing, though the relationship didn’t last. The duo broke up at the end of 2006 after approximately three years. This news reportedly came as a “surprise” to followers of Brady and Moynahan: the public had widely seemed to regard them as a perfect couple.
Moynahan’s big break as an actress came with Coyote Ugly in 2000. The female bartender saga was a box-office hit. Roles in I, Robot with Will Smith in 2004 and more recently the John Wick franchise with Keanu Reeves further established her as a big-screen name. Meanwhile, she has starred in TV smash Blue Bloods since 2010; the show started four years after her split with Brady.
As Moynahan forged her Hollywood career, Brady was making a splash in sports. His reputation was cemented in 2001 when he took over from an injured Drew Bledsoe as starting quarterback. Overall he spent 23 seasons in the game, playing for the New England Patriots and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He retired — for the second and final time — in February 2023.
Why they split
While the exact reason for Brady and Moynahan’s amicable split wasn’t clear, it became a big talking point in gossip circles. Famous couples break up every other day, but something had arguably captured the public’s imagination about this particular pairing. But if they thought that split was memorable, they hadn’t seen anything yet: Brady’s next relationship set even more tongues wagging.