After seven years as a Victoria's Secret model, Bündchen, 26, parts ways with the lingerie giant. New York Post's Page Six reports that Bündchen split with the company because it wouldn't raise her $5 million-a-year salary and many speculate that she's heading towards retirement. In 2004, she told Vanity Fair, "I would never want to be one of those girls who is 30, and modeling is all they know how to do. I want to do my best, and then I want to close the chapter on this job so I can look back and say this is what I did from 14 to 26, and then have another chapter."
Bündchen tops Forbes' list of the World's Richest Models and earns $33 million in the past year. Kate Moss and Heidi Klum take second and third place respectively. "Some people start modeling because they want to be models and they want the parties and the recognition, and then there are people like me," she tells Vanity Fair. "I come from a simple family, and for me getting into modeling was a chance to make money and create a business."
Dubbed "the globe’s reigning symbol of female perfection" by GQ, Bündchen appears on the magazine's cover, where she discusses meeting boyfriend Tom Brady. "We met through a friend who knew us both for a long time," she says. "Our friend knew that we would like each other. And we did. So I guess he was right." Formerly with DiCaprio, the supermodel admits: "I've had my heart broken." But of Brady, she says, "He really, genuinely doesn't have a bad bone in his body."
Bündchen, 28, and Brady, 31, tie the knot in a small, private ceremony in Santa Monica. The couple exchange vows again at Bündchen's Costa Rica home that April. Then in December, the newlyweds welcome their son Benjamin. "To be a mother is a magical experience," she says. "It really is the miracle of life. I am really happy!"
Bündchen cheers on Brady and his New England Patriots teammates at Super Bowl XLVI – only to watch the team suffer a repeat loss to the New York Giants, 21-17. The defeat hits hard for Bündchen, who defends her hubby. "My husband can not f–ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time," the model is caught on camera saying, taking a dig at Brady's receivers. "I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."
The supermodel and husband Brady welcome their second child together, daughter Vivian Lake, born at their Boston home. "We feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again and are forever grateful for the opportunity to be the parents of another little angel," Bündchen writes on her Facebook page, sharing a photo of the newborn.
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