Tom Brady knows he doesn’t spend as much time with his wife and kids as he could.
The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback opened up about his family life during an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, confessing that his wife, Gisele Bündchen, and his children are “getting the short end of the stick” amid his focus on football.
“Part of this offseason for me is certainly about still preparing for what’s ahead in my next journey, my next mountain to climb with this group of teammates, but it’s also [acknowledging] that a lot of people are getting the short end of the stick in my life — certainly my wife and my kids,” he shared, according to ESPN.
“Football is year-round for me. It’s a lot of thought, a lot of energy and emotion put into it, but I need to invest in them, too. My kids are 10, 8 and 5. They’re not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too,” added Brady, who said he plans to play football until his mid 40s. “I’ve really spent the last two or three months doing those things, and I think I’m really trying to fill my tank up so that when I do go back, I can go back and I think I’ll actually be, in my mind, a better player, a better teammate, because I’ll be really rejuvenated.”
In an interview with WSJ Magazine last month, Bündchen opened up about Brady’s possible retirement. “I’m entitled to have my concerns because my husband is the father of my children,” she said. “If you don’t have your health, what do you have?”
“[But it’s] his decision, and he knows it,” she continued. “It wouldn’t be fair any other way. He’s so focused right now. He has a laser focus on just winning and being the best, and I said, ‘You know what? This is what you’re doing right now in your life, and you need to feel complete in it, because if I’m the one who comes and says something and then you make a decision based on something that I said’ … he’d resent it.”
“I would never in my life, ever [make that decision for him],” Bündchen added. “I want him to be happy.”