Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has opened up about her divorce from NFL star Tom Brady, describing it as "the death of my dream".
The Brazilian model and the American football star split after 13 years of marriage in October 2022.
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Bundchen revealed that she did everything she could to make their marriage work. She also dismissed rumours that the breakup was due to Brady's return to the NFL, despite previously announcing his retirement, as "very hurtful" and "the craziest thing" she had ever heard.
"What's been said is one piece of a much bigger puzzle. It's not so black and white," Bundchen said. "I have always cheered for him, and I would continue forever. If there's one person I want to be the happiest in the world, it's him, believe me. I want all his dreams to come true."
Brady, who won a record seven Super Bowl titles during his 23-season career, announced last month that he was retiring "for good".
Brady, 45, and Bundchen, 42, started dating in 2006 and got married in early 2009. They have two children together, along with Brady's son with his ex-partner, actress Bridget Moynahan.
Bundchen also revealed that they had grown apart as a couple over time, beginning before Brady's retirement reversal to play one final football season last year. "Sometimes you grow together; sometimes you grow apart," she said. "When I was 26 years old and he was 29 years old, we met, we wanted a family, we wanted things together. As time goes by, we realise that we just wanted different things, and now we have a choice to make. That doesn't mean you don't love the person."
Bundchen, one of the highest-paid models in the world since 2001, added that she had "no regrets" about her life with Brady.
Announcing the separation, Brady said the decision was "painful and difficult".
"However, we only wish the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written," he said.