Supermodel Gisele Bundchen may now be happily married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but there was a time when she considered ending the relationship and sending him back to the arms of another woman.
Just a few months after the couple began dating, Brady learned his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant with his son, John. It was then that Gisele said she wondered whether it was worth sticking it out with the sports star.
“You question at times — ‘Should I stay here? Maybe you should work this out,’” she told Vanity Fair’s May issue. “But when people break up, it’s for a reason.”
Gisele, one of the most successful supermodels of all time, said that Bridget’s pregnancy news actually ended up helping keep the couple together.
“I think it was a blessing, because otherwise I don’t think I would have known what he was made of, and he wouldn’t have known what I was made of,” she told the magazine. “I wouldn’t have seen the integrity in him — the way he was a good person through all the times. I was like, ‘You have the heart in a good place!’ It made me realize who he was. Our relationship has become so much stronger, and I think I wouldn’t be as certain as I am today if it weren’t for that.”
Not only does she have a strong relationship with her new husband, but the Brazilian model admitted she has a heavy bond with his son as well.
“He’s a little angel — the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby. I feel blessed to have him in my life,” she said of the now 19-month-old.
While Gisele has never met John’s mother, Bridget, the model said she feels so close to the little boy, he is like her own.
“I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child. I feel it is, 100 percent,” she said. “ I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”
And Gisele said she would like to have her own children too.
“I would like a big family,” she said. “I love children. When you come from a big family, you see that growing up, you’re learning how to share. Your sisters have got your back; you’re not alone in this — ‘We all support you!’ Your family provides that; it gives you a sense of safety, and it’s a very grounded feeling.”
Choosing a child who needs a home is one way the supermodel is thinking of expanding her brood.
“I would also love to adopt a child from Brazil. When you come from Sao Paulo, you see 5-year-olds sniffing glue on the corner. You think, ‘If you make a difference in the life of one of them, that makes your time on this earth worthwhile.’”
Gisele also opened up about her ex-boyfriend, Leonardo DiCaprio, who she said she still communicates with occasionally.
“Leo is a really wonderful person,” she said. “We still speak sometimes, and I’m friends with his mom. He still has one of my dogs. He’s done a lot for the environment, and I admire what he’s done. We know what we had; we were young, and we grew together in a lot of ways. We were just not meant to be boyfriend and girlfriend, but I respect him enormously, and I wish him nothing but the best.”