By Cassie Carpenter for Dailymail.Com
01:20 September 19, 2023, updated 01:56 September 19, 2023
Gisele Bündchen has revealed that the past few years “have been very hard on my family” due to her divorce from Tom Brady last October, their children’s move to Florida, the COVID-19 pandemic and private care for two sick parents.
“It’s been a lot — in every area of my life,” the 43-year-old model admitted to CAA Fashion. People on Monday.
“I feel like whenever it rains, it pours. With all the different twists and turns that life brings, we can only do the best we can with what’s going on around us.”
Gisele has previously consoled herself with alcohol – she’s been known to be caught on camera drinking red wine in the VIP suite at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as she watched the 46-year-old’s seven-time Super Bowl champion’s team lose to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.
But Bündchen decided to get sober “over two years ago” and now feels clearer, sharper and sleeps better.
“Right after I turned 40, I felt a huge difference between when I had a glass of wine and when I didn’t have a glass of wine. It is socially accepted to have a glass of wine. And people even say, “Oh, that’s healthy for you.” Well, it’s not healthy for me,” admitted the sixth-generation Brazilian bombshell.
“If you want to ask of your body what I ask of my body, which is a lot, I can’t have all these things (alcohol, caffeine) because they add up.”
Gisele added: “You have to be loving to yourself. You are asking a lot of your body, you need to reset. “You have to take care of this one vehicle you have, don’t you?”
In her 20s, Bündchen admitted that she started the day with “two cigarettes and a Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream” and ended “drinking a bottle of wine every night” to cure “severe panic attacks and depression”.
“I meditate every day, I exercise every day,” explained “wellness ambassador” Gaia Herbs — who is rumored to be dating her hulking jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente.
“I’m so grateful to have this body, I really am. Now I’ve learned – because I wasn’t that good in my 20s or in my teens – I’ve realized that my body is my temple and I really want to enjoy it. So for me, body movement is huge.”
Gisele homeschooled 13-year-old son Benjamin Rain Brady and 10-year-old daughter Vivian Lake Brady until they were enrolled in a school in the Miami area.
“They meet friends at school. They like it. It’s just all new. But they really like it and go about their business,” Bündchen gushed.
“I’m proud to see everyone becoming their little individual selves, but how their principles and their values are so strong. I am so happy to see them flourish in their own being.”
For the first time ever, little Benny has joined the football team and his jersey is number 12, just like his famous father, and he is also into art and the piano.
“I put the piano in the living room, so whenever he walks by, it’s there,” the Victoria’s Secret freak noted.
“And now that I’m living in this 1,500-square-foot house, it’s amazing because literally, it’s there. He literally walks over to it all the time, and every time he walks by, he sits and plays.”
Meanwhile, little Vivi has joined the school swim team and is “obsessed” with riding her beloved horse Item on Gisele. Southwest Ranches, 7.5 acres, $9.1 million in South Florida, which has a state-of-the-art equestrian rink with 10 large horse stables.
‘She says, “Mommy, I’m going to be a professional horse rider.” That’s all he wants to do,” Bündchen said.
“Now they are trying to get more horses. He’s already saying, “Mommy. They told me I had to get a new horse to jump higher.” I say, “You’re 10, calm down.” Her horse jumps like 20 meters. “You’ll be fine.” I think it’s okay where you’re jumping now. But she’s so brave.’
As for Tom’s eldest child John Edward Thomas Moynahan, the 16-year-old primarily lives in New York with his mother, Blue Bloods actress Bridget Moynahan.
Clarkson Potter will release Gisele’s 256-page cookbook Nourish: Simple Recipes to Empower Your Body and Feed Your Soul on March 26, featuring ‘100 delicious and accessible recipes.’