Surfing fans couldn’t believe this turn of events, this drastic change. A few weeks ago, they sat by their windows, lighting candles as it was revealed that Gisele BÃ¼ndchen and her husband Tom Brady had a difficult journey. Oh, there was no implied sadism, no hope of destroying a great union, but there was an even greater union to mend.
Namely with Kelly Slater.
The Brazilian model and the world’s tallest surfer dated during 2005 and 2006, forming the most powerful couple in surfing history. She at the top of her game. He has won two Association of Surfing Professionals world titles.
As fate would have it, however, BÃ¼ndchen fell into the arms of a dashing quarterback, got married, built a life, but now it’s all officially in the rearview mirror.
Gisele BÃ¼ndchen and Tom Brady will file for divorce after 13 years of marriage, confirms PEOPLE.
Sources tell PEOPLE they will both be filing in Florida on Friday morning. (Update: Brady and BÃ¼ndchen have since finalized their divorce, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.)
“The settlement is complete,” a source with knowledge of the situation told PEOPLE. “They’ve been working on the terms all this time.”
The source adds: “They have agreed to joint custody of the children.”
The couple’s split comes after months of reports that the couple had struggled and that BÃ¼ndchen, 42, “is done with their marriage,” another source previously told PEOPLE.
“She’s been upset about it for a long time and it’s still hard, but she feels she needs to move on,” the source said in early October. “She doesn’t believe her marriage can be fixed.”
But what, exactly, was BÃ¼ndchen upset about? Surfing fans feared it was Brady’s refusal to retire as Slater also plans to surf, professionally, forever. But no! According to a We Weekly source, “Gisele told Tom to either quit football to spend time with the family or she’s gone for good. She doesn’t want him to keep getting hurt and not being able to not enjoy life in the future. She does it for her family.
And There you go.
Ouchies are extremely rare in professional surfing. Slater, for example, injured his foot a long time ago and, again, his foot. Not the head or anything important.
The Cocoa Beach Kid will be fit as a fiddle for years and will talk about having cake and eating it too.
The divorce, anyway, becomes official. The next step, for surf fans, is a kind of parent trap little intrigue.