Tom Brady has revealed that he and wife Gisele Bundchen have never been able to reconcile the issue of when he may retire.
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The acclaimed football star, who has won seven Super Bowl rings in 22 years, has lived his life in Boston with the New England Patriots and the last two years in Florida with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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But the father-of-three has now acknowledged that Gisele, a former supermodel, put her career on hold for him to raise their children.
"That’s an issue, and it’s a very difficult issue to reconcile without just saying, ‘Hey, it’s time to retire,'" the 44-year-old said on his podcast Let's Go, adding: "And I think there’s, you know, we’re coming to the end here too, so I don’t want to miss any of the kids’ stuff."
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"I think my wife has, you know, held down the house for a long time now," he continued, "and I think there’s things that she wants to accomplish."
"You know, she hasn’t worked as much in the last 10, 12 years just raising our family and kind of committing to being in a life in Boston and then moving to Florida."
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He won the Bucs a Super Bowl ring - his seventh - in his first season with the team at the age of 43.
He later revealed that Gisele whispered in his ear after: "What more do you have to prove?"
"I just gave her a big hug, I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick," the father-of-three told James Corden.
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Tom and Gisele have been married for 12 years and celebrated their anniversary in February by giving each other a touching shoutout on social media.
The NFL player posted a beautiful photo of his family, including his children, on Instagram, captioning it: "Happy anniversary!! I couldn’t have imagined a better wife and partner than you @gisele when I said 'I do' 12 years ago.
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"I have had so much fun, happiness and joy seeing our family grow! You are the sweetest, most loving and determined person I know.
"You always do what’s right, and you are the best example for our kids of what a supportive loving partner is! How blessed am I?? Te amo."
They are parents to son Benjamin, 11, and eight-year-old Vivian, and Tom is a father to 14-year-old Jack.
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