Tom Brady was non-committal about his future after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playoff exit on Sunday
Tom Brady was non-committal about his future after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playoff exit on Sunday GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Mike Ehrmann


  • Tom Brady said he started maintaining his mental health as early as his 20s
  • He admitted that there are things he's going through in his 40s amid ongoing marital woes with Gisele Bundchen
  • The NFL star said he's learned that he's "not immune" to a lot of the "things that life brings"

Tom Brady admits he's been struggling amid speculation that he and his wife Gisele Bündchen are headed for divorce.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, 45, got candid about his mental health on Monday's episode of his podcast, "Let's Go! with Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray."

In the episode, which aired on World Mental Health Day, Brady shared that he started work on managing his mental health as early as his 20s, and the process continues to this day.

"I worked at them when I was 20. There [were] a lot of things that I was going through when I was 20. There [were] a lot of things I was going through in my 30s. There [are] things I'm going through in my 40s. And it's life," Brady said. "You learn to grow up and you learn to deal with life. And that's what we're all trying to do. We're trying to do it the best way we can."

When asked how he takes care of his mental health, the NFL superstar said that "everyone has different situations" going on that can cause stress.

"I think you realize that there's a lot, especially in today's day and age, with how fast things are happening in life for all of us, and the amount of responsibilities we have," he explained.

Brady said he has tried various forms of therapy over the years, including physical and mental, in order to "relieve stress so that you're not inflicting so much damage on yourself through a kind of stress response."

The seven-time Super Bowl champion admitted that he's had times when he felt like he had to "suck it up and deal with it" and he often holds himself to a "certain standard that we're almost inhuman." But he's learned over time that he's "not immune" to a lot of the "things that life brings."

"You wake up every day trying to do the best you can do, understanding that life has its stresses, and to deal with them with a great support system and understanding, and having some introspectiveness in your life, where you can look at yourself and say, 'Where do I need to commit my time and energy to? And how can I lessen some of the stress and lessen the burden on me so that I can be good for people around me?' So, those are all different things that you work at," Brady explained on his podcast.

Brady's comments about mental health came on the heels of reports that he and Bundchen have hired divorce lawyers. They reportedly have been living separately for months following a fight over the reversal of his retirement decision.

An anonymous source close to Brady told People that the quarterback felt "very hurt" by the Brazilian model, who is allegedly "the one steering the divorce."

Brady reportedly only retained a divorce lawyer to protect himself and his interests after Bundchen hired one, according to the insider.

Another insider told People that the supermodel "is done with their marriage" and doesn't have much contact with Brady.

"She was upset about it for a long time and it's still difficult, but she feels like she needs to move on. She doesn't believe that her marriage can be repaired," the tipster claimed.

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Tom Brady recently gushed over his wife, Gisele Bündchen. Pictured: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with his wife Gisele Bündchen after the Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Getty Images/Kevin C. Cox