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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s marriage has been the focus of concern amid reports that the couple are at odds over a number of issues, most recently their decision to return to the football pitch after retiring.
Despite a rocky start to their romance, which began over 15 years ago, Gisele and Tom seemed to be completely aligned to create a life together and raise a family.
But after Brady announced he would return to the league just 40 days after revealing his retirement, it seemed a rift was forming in their usually unbreakable bond, according to reports. Alessandra Conti, celebrity matchmaker and dating expert at Matchmakers In The City, exclusively told Fox News Digital that Gisele may be ‘frustrated’ with her husband’s decision, but the couple need ‘open communication’ to survive this game.
“Things could go a number of ways for Tom and Gisele,” Conti said. “I believe they are strong enough as a couple to get through this setback, but open communication and a new set of expectations will be essential for them to move forward, otherwise resentment may come out for Gisèle.”
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The couple have been married for 13 years, but in 2015 Gisele admitted her marriage to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback almost didn’t even happen. Gisele and Tom had only been dating for two months when she found out his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant with his child.
Tom and Bridget started dating in early 2004 and announced the end of their relationship in December 2006 just before she found out she was pregnant.
“Dating a man who is about to have a child with another woman is complicated to say the least,” Conti said. “The fact that Tom and Gisele’s relationship has lasted so long is the exception and not the rule; if this happened to a non-Hollywood couple, I would encourage the new couple to take a step back and really discern whether they starting a whole new relationship was the healthiest decision for everyone involved.Rebound relationships statistically have an incredibly low probability of success.
She added: “Obviously the two made the right decision for themselves, but Gisele said it was a difficult time for her.”
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Tom and Gisele met weeks after his breakup with Bridget and began a romantic relationship, only to find out months later that Brady was going to be a father.
“I believe they are strong enough as a couple to overcome this setback.”
“It was a tough thing because I’m here, you know, thinking, I’m dating this guy, we met, and we started dating and it’s all good and then it happens,” he said. she said during a 2008 interview with CBS’ “This Morning.”
“So I felt like I didn’t know what to do. It was one of those moments like, ‘Am I running away?'”
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The Brazilian model wrote in her 2018 memoir “Lessons” that hearing about Moynahan’s pregnancy was difficult, to say the least.
“By the next day, the news was all over the place and I felt my world had been turned upside down. Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy time. But it was a time that brought so much growth,” explained Gisele in time. Bridget also explained how public interest affects her today.
For Gisele, she told Vanity Fair in 2009 that she “knew well – the first time I saw him” that Brady was the one for her when they met in late 2006.
“We met through a friend,” she recalls. “As soon as I saw him, he smiled and I was like, ‘That’s the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!'”
She added: “We sat and talked for three hours. I was supposed to be home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave. You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? Right from the first day we met, we never went a day without talking to each other.”
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A source previously told People magazine that the couple “would like to work things out” and that there is “no formal separation at this stage.”
Chris Melcher, celebrity divorce lawyer, partner of Walzer Melcher & Yoda, noted that “although it remains to be seen if Tom and Gisele will separate”, it is “common for any couple to break up when we get together. focuses on one career and the other on children.
“It’s a natural division of responsibilities, but it can cause spouses to live separate lives,” Melcher explained.
“If they forget why they made the arrangement, it can lead to resentment or a feeling that their relationship has been lost,” he said, adding that it appears the couple are “trying to refocus on the reason they’re together” amid a recent report that the two have simply “separated”.
Conti also complimented Tom and Gisele’s ability to remain a “power couple” while having a “rocky start.” “A rocky start to a relationship usually delays a relationship’s longevity, but again, Tom and Gisele are the exception, not the rule here,” Conti said. “They have maintained ‘power couple’ status and have two children together. Gisele has also welcomed her stepson with open arms, and the public perception is that they have successfully managed co-parenting with a modern family.”
In addition to Brady’s 15-year-old son Jack, the couple have Vivian, 9, and Benjamin, 12.
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Brady, who won six Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots, announced his retirement from the NFL in February after 22 seasons. Only 40 days later he revealed he was returning to the league once again.
Gisele was noticeably absent from Brady’s game on Sunday, but her children, who were accompanied by her mother and sister, made sure to hug her on the court.
“Tom’s non-retirement seems to be another major hurdle for the couple. Gisele said while she supported Tom’s decision, she would like him to be more present,” Conti said. “She also explained that it was a recurring conversation, which shows that she struggled with her incredibly busy schedule. He even admitted to having missed countless birthdays, weddings and even funerals , not to mention many firsts for his family.”
Balancing career and family life are major challenges for couples even outside of the limelight, and they can push a couple to their breaking point.
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Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.