Tom Brady has been making the most of spending some quality time with his kids since he retired from the NFL for the second and final time earlier this year, posting regular snapshots from family days at the beach and Disney World. And in a new touching Father’s Day post on Instagram, the six-time Super Bowl champion reflected on what fatherhood means to him, and what he has learned from his own dad.
“On this Father’s Day, all I can think of is how grateful I am to have been raised by the world’s best Dad, and to now have three beautiful angels of my own who I have the joy of watching grow up,” Brady wrote.
“Being a Dad is the best thing in my life,” he continued. “I have learned so much about what it takes from my Dad and to be able to pass that on to Jack, Benny and Vivi means the world to me. They have taught me how to be present (still working on this daily 🤣)and cherish every moment (mostly 😂) that we have as a family, because that’s what matters most.”
“Their love for others and constant selflessness makes me so proud to be their dad, and I know those traits come directly from everyone who is part of their life,” he added. “Thank you Dad, for being you, and thank you to my three amazing kids, for giving me the pleasure of being your Dad.”
Brady co-parents Jack, Benny and Vivi with his ex-wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, whom he divorced in 2022. Bündchen recently described the split as amicable, and said that she will continue to “cheer for him” as they each pursue their own goals.
“Sometimes you grow together; sometimes you grow apart,” she said. “When I was 26 years old and he was 29 years old, we met, we wanted a family, we wanted things together. As time goes by, we realize that we just wanted different things, and now we have a choice to make. That doesn’t mean you don’t love the person. It just means that in order for you to be authentic and truly live the life that you want to live, you have to have somebody who can meet you in the middle, right? It’s a dance. It’s a balance.”
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.