In a new interview with Men’s Health, quarterback for the New England Patriots Tom Brady is opening up about his life at home and his relationship with each of his three children.
Brady shares two children with his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, and one with his ex-girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan. And as he told Men’s Health, 11-year-old Jack, 9-year-old Benny, and 6-year-old Vivian are all different in their own right.
“Jack is just like me—he holds a lot in. Benny lets it all out. Vivi, she doesn’t care. They’re going to be their own selves, not who you want them to be.”
Brady then went on to say that while Jack loves football, Benny is more like Gisele, in that they don’t have the same passion for the game like Tom does.
It was a quality that was hard for Brady to accept at first:
“Jack loves sports. He wants to try hard, and he never wants to disappoint his dad. That was me. I’d wake up early on weekends to do stuff with my dad. That’s why I didn’t party a lot. If Dad wanted to golf, I wanted to be there with him. And if I ever missed those things, it would crush me.”
However, while Benny doesn’t share the same interests as him and Jack, it was his wife Gisele that helped him come to terms with that and support the 9-year-old for who he is:
“When Benny came along, I thought he would be just like Jack. So I was like, ‘C’mon, let’s do this.’ And he was like, ‘Nope.’ And I was like, ‘What? No, do this!’ And Gisele kept saying to me, ‘Would you effing understand that your son is different?’ It was hard for me. I was like, ‘What do you mean? He’s a boy; he should just do all these things that I do.’
Now, as the doting dad of three admits, he enjoys getting to learn and share in his son’s unique interests, whatever those things may be.
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Brady added, “The reality is that Benny just likes different things. And it’s great because now I just have to go do what he wants to do. When we do that, we have the best time. He’s like, ‘OMG, Dad, you’re so funny.’ He loves joking, and I joke back.”