Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen announce divorce | Tom Brady

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have finalized their divorce, they announced on Friday, ending the 13-year marriage between two superstars who respectively reached the pinnacles of football and fashion.

Brady and Bündchen posted statements on Instagram late on Friday morning, each saying they had “amicably” reached the decision.

The announcement landed in the middle of Brady’s 23rd National Football League season, and just months after the seven-time Super Bowl champion put an end to his short-lived retirement.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who had long stated a desire to spend more time with Bündchen and his three children, announced his departure from the game in February, only to change his mind 40 days later.

“What more do you have to prove?” Bündchen told her husband on the sidelines after his last, record-shattering Super Bowl victory, Brady himself recounted shortly after the win.

Despite Brady initially saying his retirement was a chance to focus his “time and energy on other things that require my attention”, part of his motivation to come back was what he has referred to as “unfinished business” with the Buccaneers.

The team failed to reach the Super Bowl last season in their effort to repeat as champions.

Bündchen told CBS This Morning in 2017 that she was concerned about her husband after he played through a concussion the previous year. Brady’s then-team, the New England Patriots, and agent declined to respond to her comments at the time, and an NFL spokesperson said there were no records he had suffered a head injury. Brady later said he preferred to keep his medical history private.

“I mean, we don’t talk about it,” Bündchen said during the interview. “But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for anybody to go through.”

She more recently contended that the characterization in reports that she was desperate for her husband to retire carried sexist overtones.

Bündchen and Brady were introduced by a mutual friend and married, twice, a little over two years later. They said their first “I dos” in early 2009 at a Catholic church in Santa Monica, California, before family and close friends, followed by an equally small second wedding at her house in Costa Rica nearly two months later.

Their son Benjamin was born later that year, followed by a daughter, Vivian, in 2012. Brady also has a 15-year-old son, Jack Moynahan, from a previous relationship with the actor Bridget Moynahan.

Bündchen, who was discovered by a modeling scout at the age of 13 in Brazil, secured her place as one of the industry’s highest-paid models by the 2000s and became a tabloid staple, fueled by a relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio.

In addition to walking the runways of top designers, appearing in campaigns for high street and high fashion brands alike, she signed on as a Victoria’s Secret angel and took on small film roles, including in The Devil Wears Prada.

She took a step back from modeling in 2015, giving up runway work and limiting herself to a few advertising campaigns and magazine covers a year. She made one big exception, wearing a glistening gown and a huge smile in 2016 as she crossed a 400ft runway at the Rio Olympics while fellow Brazilian Daniel Jobim performed The Girl from Ipanema.

Since paring back her modeling commitments, she has dedicated herself to environmental activism, particularly with regard to the Amazon rainforest’s conservation, and business ventures like eco-friendly skincare and a lingerie line.

She has also been vocal about mental health, disclosing debilitating panic attacks that she said had her contemplating suicide and criticizing unrealistic beauty standards.