Tom Brady's mysterious disappearance from Bucs training camp has been the talk of the NFL, fueling rumors of plastic surgery, an upcoming role on The Masked Singer and, now, marital woes with wife Gisele Bundchen.
When asked of his 11-day hiatus, the Buccaneers veteran, while giving off midlife crisis vibes with a new hairdo and the exhausted, world-weary eyes of someone who's spent his summer sleeping on the couch, said he had a "lot of sh-- going on." That could mean any number of things, though, according to Emily Smith and Sara Nathan of Page Six, Brady was likely alluding to his deteriorating marriage. Apoplectic over her husband's decision to un-retire, Bundchen reportedly walked out following a series of "heated arguments," leaving for Costa Rica while Brady remains back in Tampa.
For Brady, it's been an eventful offseason to say the least, announcing his retirement after 22 NFL seasons, only to change his mind a month later. The five-time Super Bowl MVP was also the subject of a highly-publicized tampering scandal, secretly plotting to join the Dolphins along with Sean Payton. Brady's post-career plans became clearer when Fox signed him to a 10-year, $375-million contract, allowing him to eventually succeed Troy Aikman as the network's lead analyst on NFL broadcasts.
Bundchen, who shares three children with Brady (one from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan), has wanted her husband to retire for years, expressing concerns over his long-term health and the heavy toll that his absence takes on their family during football season. Brady remains, even at 45, a highly productive player—he finished runner-up to Aaron Rodgers in MVP voting last year—though his career obsession has admittedly left him little time for anything else, which, predictably, has created tension within his marriage.
Page Six noted Brady and Bundchen have had similar fights in the past and have always reconciled, suggesting their recent separation isn't necessarily a cause for concern. Still, it would seem that Brady is pushing his luck, continuing to defy Father Time with his elite quarterback play, but perhaps doing so at the expense of the people in his life who need him most.