Gisele Bündchen and her jiu-jitsu instructor, Joaquim Valente, first sparked romance rumors in November 2022, when they were spotted strolling along the beach in Provincia de Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s coast. Two weeks earlier, her divorce from Tom Brady had been finalized.

“It all happened so quickly — Tom was out and Joaquim was in — and some wondered if Gisele and Joaquim were involved while she was still married to Tom,” a source exclusively told In Touch. “In other words, did Gisele cheat?”

Did Gisele Bundchen Cheat on Tom Brady With Joaquim Valente?

The answer is no, insists the supermodel, who is finally setting the record straight about her relationship with Joaquim. The cheat­ing rumors were “a lie,” Gisele told the New York Times in April 2024. “This is something that happens to a lot of women who get blamed when they have the courage to leave an unhealthy relationship and are la­beled as being unfaithful.”

Gisele and Joaquim first made headlines in February 2022, when she shared a video of her session at his academy in Flor­ida and thanked him and his brothers for being “awesome teachers.” But their relation­ship was strictly platonic at that point. “This is the first time I am seeing someone who was a friend of mine first,” she confided.

While Gisele didn’t pinpoint when the romance did begin, re­portedly the two started dating in June 2023, months after Tom — to whom she was married for 13 years — was out of the picture. She called her split from Tom “heartbreak­ing,” but said she has no regrets. “I think sometimes in life things hap­pen. I feel so blessed because, like, I wouldn’t change anything in my life. I had incredible experiences. I learned so much. I have my chil­dren, who are the biggest blessings in my life.”

And now, she added, “It’s a new sea­son, a new chapter in my life, and I get to learn new things, and I get to walk my path in a different way, you know?”

When Were Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Married?

Tom and Gisele were set up by mutual friends in December 2006. They dated for two years before getting engaged in January 2009, and they wasted no time tying the knot one month later. They also had a second celebration surrounded by loved ones in April 2009.

“We planned it in like 10 days, and it was perfect,” Tom told GQ the following year of their first wedding. “We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night. I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.”

Tom and Gisele welcomed their son, Benjamin, in December 2009, followed by daughter Vivian in December 2012.

The former couple’s divorce was finalized on October 28, 2022, with Tom announcing the news on his Instagram Stories.

“In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage. We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together,” he wrote. “We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way.”

Meanwhile, Gisele agreed that the divorce was “amicable” and said her “priority has always been and will continue to be [their] children.”

“The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we have grown apart and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always,” she added.

Netflix’s ‘The Roast of Tom Brady’ Made Gisele Bundchen ‘Furious’

On May 5, 2024, Netflix released a special titled The Roast of Tom Brady, featuring special guests like Nikki Glaser, Kevin Hart, Ben Affleck, Kim Kardashian and more. Some guests included jokes about Gisele and Tom, and even Gisele and Joaquim, in their sets. For example, Nikki told the NFL star, “The only thing dumber than you saying yes to this roast is when you said, ‘Hey babe, you should try jiu-jitsu.’ How much must it suck knowing that your ex-wife’s new boyfriend can beat your ​ass while eating hers? That’s got to be terrible.”

A source exclusively told In Touch that the roast had Gisele fuming. ”Gisele isn’t just furious with the people who roasted Tom and made fun of her, she’s livid with Tom for even agreeing to doing it,” the insider said on May 6, 2024. “He knew the jokes would be cruel and aimed at his marriage and at her, but he did it anyway. She blames Tom for not even taking her or their children into consideration.”

The source continued, “The jokes hit below the belt any they made it look like Gisele cheated, which she’s been desperately trying to deny. I know she has a temper and I’m sure she called Tom and let him have it.”

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