Tom Brady has issued a public apology for his behavior on the football field last week.
During the second half of a controversial game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Tom’s frustration was evident on the Buccaneers sideline as he tossed a Microsoft Surface tablet to the ground with his helmet on.
In the end, the Bucs won, though Tom – who could be seen yelling at his teammates before the explosion – took the time to issue a light-hearted apology to fans.
The 45-year-old acknowledged the outburst – which quickly went viral – during a video shared on his social media channels on Monday, saying that in the midst of highs, it is important to acknowledge the “ugly” moments as well.
“Sorry to break that tablet. I think this is going to be another Twitter meme or something like that,” he joked before turning his attention to the future.
“Flight home to Tampa. Get ready for next week. Green Bay is coming to town, let’s go,” he said.
Tom’s public display of anger came two days after reports that he and his wife of 13 years, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, “have been living apart for more than a month.”
On Friday, an insider informed PEOPLE that the couple has been apart for six weeks, with Tom returning to the NFL and Gisele traveling elsewhere.
One source said, “Giselle is busy with her own life now, and has spent time away from Tom in Miami and New York,” while another said that during football season, the two “live separate lives.”
If you’ve been following their relationship in recent months, you’ve probably heard that an alleged rift between Tom and Gisele has developed over their decision to retire from football – just 40 after their retirement was announced on February 1. days later.
Despite his decade-long dedication to his career, a third source told PEOPLE that Tom still spends a lot of time with Gisele, their two children, Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9, and their 15-year-old son, John. Is. , which he shares with former Bridget Moynahan.
“No other husband gets six months leave in a year just to be completely devoted to his family. And during the season, yes, he travels for games and trains, but he also does a lot with his family,” the insider said of the couple, who usually stay at their home in Miami.
And despite earlier reports that Gisele and Tom have hit a “rough patch” over their decision to play for another season, insiders made it clear last week that a split is not in the cards.
“I don’t think there is any formal separation at the moment, they would like to sort things out,” a source said.
Gisele was notably absent for Tom’s return to the football field during the first game of the Bucs of the 2022–2023 season on 12 September, corroborating claims of behind-the-scenes results.
However, the former Victoria’s Secret model made sure to support her husband Twitterwriting: “Let’s go @TomBrady! Let’s Bucks!”
At the time, a source close to the team said that Gisele’s absence in the first game of the season felt “strange”, adding: “We are not talking now. [Tom] It’s not a topic about Gisele that anyone wants to bring up.”
It came after Tom took an 11-day break from training camp in August, with Bucks head coach Todd Bowles explaining he was forgiven for “dealing with some personal things”.
on him Return On August 22, Tom told reporters: “I’m 45, man. There’s a lot of shit going on, so you just have to try and figure out life as best you can.”
This isn’t the first time Tom and Gisele have been shaken by claims of marital issues — in fact, both sides have indicated on several occasions in recent years that Tom’s career has put pressure on their relationship.
As recently as May, Gisele implied during an interview with British Vogue that things weren’t all smooth sailing as Tom prepared to make his return to the NFL.
First, speaking of the impact Tom’s football career had on their children’s lives, Gisele revealed that she set up a homeschool for Benjamin and Vivian, so that they would get a “soft landing” after relocating from Boston. where Tom played for the New England Patriots. For 20 seasons.
“When my husband decided he was going to play another year, I didn’t want to put him in a school, because it takes a lot to adapt to a new city,” she said. “He left all his friends in Boston — and just look at what the world was up to.”
Moving on, she spoke in some more detail about her relationship with Tom after her decision to retire without him, saying: “It takes work to really adjust to someone, especially After you have kids.”
“I don’t think relationships just happen; it’s never a fairy tale that people want to believe in,” she explained, acknowledging that she takes on the bulk of parenting duties. It’s on my career, mine is mostly on the kids. And I’m so grateful that he let me take the reins when it comes to our family. He trusts my decisions.”
Similarly, Tom opened up about his and Gisele’s parenting dynamics in a 2020 interview with Howard Stern: “A few years ago, he didn’t feel like I was doing my part for the family.”
“She thought I’d play football the whole season, and she’d take care of the house. And then all of a sudden, a season would end, and I’d be like, ‘Great, let me go on with all my other business activities. Let me go to my football training. Let me come.’ And she’s just sitting there like, ‘Well, when are you going to do the housework? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?'” he explained.
“It was a big part of our marriage that I had to investigate myself. Because she’s like, ‘I have goals and dreams too. … you better start taking care of things in the house.”
Tom recalled a conscious “transition” to become more present, after realizing that Gisele “was not satisfied” with their marriage, also stating that he asked her “heartwarming” to explain his feelings at the time. “The letter was written.
“You can get stuck in your life where you think a relationship is too good because it only works for you,” the football star reflected. “Speaking of a relationship, it has to work for both. You better work on both because if you don’t, then ultimately, it’s not sustainable.”