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Professional Football player Tom Brady and wife, model Gisele Bündchen attended National Geographic's "Years Of Living Dangerously" new season world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History Sept. 21, 2016 in New York. Getty Images


  • Tom Brady is starting to grapple with the emotional toll of his marital issues with Gisele Bundchen, a report says
  • The NFL superstar reportedly doesn't want an "ugly" divorce
  • Brady went the legal route "in his defense from her," according to the report

Gisele Bundchen is reportedly the one who initiated divorce proceedings amid her marital woes with NFL superstar husband Tom Brady.

Bundchen, 42, and Brady, 45, have been making headlines for weeks over their marriage crisis. Earlier this week, Page Six reported that both have retained divorce lawyers and are allegedly looking at dividing their multimillion-dollar assets.

The Super Bowl champ is reportedly starting to grapple with the emotional toll of his marital issues with the supermodel, with an unnamed source close to Brady telling People, "It's pretty obvious that he's hurting. He feels very hurt by her."

The insider claimed that Brady only hired a divorce attorney because he wants to "protect himself" in a potential divorce from the Brazilian model, who is reportedly the one "steering" things.

"She is the one steering the divorce," the source claimed. "She is playing offense and he is playing defense. He wants to protect himself, protect his interests, but he's only starting to go the legal route in his defense from her. He doesn't want this to be ugly, he doesn't want to fight. If the divorce is happening — and it seems like it is — he wants it to go as smoothly as possible."

International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Previous reports claimed that the power couple is experiencing marriage troubles due to his decision to unretire. In February, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced his retirement from professional football after 22 seasons. However, six weeks later, he reversed his decision and returned for another season.

However, a second anonymous source claimed to People that Bundchen and Brady's struggles are more nuanced than just his return to NFL. "It's complicated," the insider said. "There's a lot more to it."

Shortly after news broke that Bundchen and Brady hired divorce attorneys, she was spotted out and about without her wedding ring Tuesday. Bundchen took her kids with Brady — Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, 9 — to a gym. She was in full-mom mode as she was seen carrying her children's gym gear.

It was reportedly the second time Bundchen has stepped out without her wedding band. The former Victoria's Secret Angel was also recently photographed leaving a South Beach gym after a workout sans her wedding ring.

An anonymous source previously told Entertainment Tonight that Brady and Bundchen "haven't been in a good place" for a while now due to the athlete always prioritizing his career over their family.

"Gisele feels like Tom has chosen his career over his family, and she is tired of it," the tipster claimed. "She also has her own dreams and aspirations and doesn't want to have to keep putting her goals on hold. They are weighing their options for their future as a family and thinking about what next steps might look like."

Bundchen said in her interview with Elle magazine for its October issue that she wants Brady to be "more present" for their family.

She also told the magazine that she feels she's done her part for her husband and that she now wants to focus on her personal goals.

"I have a huge list of things that I have to do, that I want to do. At 42, I feel more connected with my purpose," Bundchen said.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri