Tom Brady Couldn’t Join Gisele at the Olympics, But He Was Still With Her In Spirit

Gisele Brazil OlympicsSupermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Public display of support! Gisele Bundchen knew her biggest cheerleader during the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony was none other than her husband, Tom Brady — even though he couldn’t join her in Rio for the momentous occasion.

The supermodel, who walked her longest runway ever in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday, August 5, mesmerized the world while sashaying down the catwalk as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa portion of the show. Later, Bundchen generated even more buzz while dancing with the crowd inside the stadium.

Her proud husband took to his Facebook on Saturday, August 8, to praise her for representing her native country in such a lively way. “Congratulations Brazil on the incredible opening ceremony of the Olympic Games!” the New England Patriots quarterback, 39, wrote on his page. “Gisele, words can’t describe how proud I was to watch you represent your country. I love you.”

In a subsequent interview with Access Hollywood, Bundchen flashed a bright smile as Natalie Morales read aloud Brady’s note. “It makes me emotional!” Bundchen replied as she motioned for the cameras to cut. “He’s so sweet. He’s my husband, of course – if your husband doesn’t love you, who will? Thank you, lovey. I appreciate it. He’s so supportive!”

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Brady previously explained why he couldn’t join his wife for the athletic spectacle. “For me, [the Olympics] are right in the middle of training camp,” Brady told People several weeks ago in an interview published Monday. “So I need to talk my coach out of a couple days of practice.”

Though he wasn’t able to make it out of training camp, Bundchen was joined by her proud mother. “My mom was here. She was so emotional.”

Bündchen, meanwhile, told Access Hollywood on Monday that she mustered up everything she could to fight back tears. “Imagine if I walked on the runway crying!” the Brazilian native shared. “My country, I feel, it’s about happiness and joy. The Brazilian people are so welcoming and loving, and I can’t walk crying – what kind of representation is that?! So I just tried to relax as much as I could.”

“I was just so proud of being there. I was proud for Brazil, I was proud for our people,” she continued. “I mean, so many different names, so many people who have worked so hard to make such a beautiful celebration. I really think Brazilians, we have this simplicity about us, it’s so beautiful because it showed.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.