Tom Brady on marriage with Gisele Bundchen: 'Sometimes I have to hold on hard’

While Tom Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion, the all-star athlete still experiences personal struggles. He recently opened up about the challenges of maintaining a strong relationship with wife Gisele Bündchen, whom he described as very different from himself.

“Gisele is not really into sports,” Brady, 42, told Men’s Health for its September 2019 cover story. “She’s like a kite flying in the sky, and I’m kind of tethering her. Sometimes I have to hold on hard. But she knows I’m always there for her.”

The New England Patriots quarterback then addressed how the longtime loves come from very different backgrounds. He noted that the Brazilian supermodel’s “life has been very nontraditional” compared to his own.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: 2019 Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrive at the Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrive at the Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Gisele Bündchen after his 13-3 win against Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bundchen after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses 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. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 3: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kisses his wife Gisele Bundchen following Patriots training camp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MAY 01 : Co-Chairperson Gisele Bundchen (L) and Tom Brady (R) attend the 'Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala 2017 at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, United States on May 01, 2017. (Photo by Philip Rock/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: NFL player Tom Brady (L) and model Gisele Bundchen attend 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Tom Brady, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Gisele Bundchen and Jordan Spieth attend the Under Armour Boston Brand House Opening Celebration on November 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Under Armour)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Gisele Bundchen, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Tom Brady attend the Under Armour Boston Brand House Opening Celebration on November 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Under Armour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Professional Football player Tom Brady and wife, model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Executive producer and YEARS correspondent Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attendsNational Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' Season 2 World Premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: NFL player Tom Brady (L) and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
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“She left home at 14; she lived in Japan at 16 in an era with no cell phones. She lived in New York City at 17 without speaking English,” he continued. “In her mind, there are no boundaries. ‘Why can’t you do that? Why do you have to go to school? Why can’t you just leave and live in a different country?’ In her reality, you can. Coming from mine, it was very different.”

Brady also pointed out that Bündchen helped him realize that he does not have to follow a traditional path to get what he wants out of life, which he claimed has “helped me grow.”

Brady married Bündchen, 39, in an intimate ceremony held in Santa Monica, California, in February 2009. They first met in 2006 and would later become an item in January 2007.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in 2009, Bündchen said that the pair’s initial meeting was love at first sight.

“I knew right way — the first time I saw him,” she told the magazine at the time. “We met through a friend. The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, ‘That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I’ve ever seen!’ We sat and talked for three hours.”

The former Victoria’s Secret model continued to elaborate on the duo’s instant connection, adding: “I had to go home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave. You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.”

Brady and Bündchen are the parents of Benjamin, 9, and Vivian, 6. The NFL star additionally shares 11-year-old son John with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 1: Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan attend THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Costume Institute Spring 2006 Benefit Gala celebrating the exhibition AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion sponsored by Burberry and Conde Nast- AFTERPARTY at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Bridget Moynahan wearing Armani Prive and Tom Brady (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
BROOKLINE, MA - JUNE 12: New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady arrives at the home of team owner Robert Kraft for a party where Superbowl Rings will be distributed, accompanied by his date, actress Bridget Moynahan. (Photo by Justine Hunt/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady during The Costume Institute's Gala Celebrating 'Chanel' - Departures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady during The Costume Institute's Gala Celebrating 'Chanel' - Departures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan during 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Mortons in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady during 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Mortons in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage for ESPN)
Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for ESPN)
Tom Brady and Bridget Moynahan (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady during Grand opening of the new Zegna Boutique at Ermenegildo Zegna Flagship store in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for ESPN)
Tom Brady, Quarterback for the New England Patriots and Bridget Moynahan (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
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