Gisele Bündchen's Reported Romance With Joaquim Valente Has Taken a Serious Turn

Gisele Bündchen has kept fans guessing about the status of her relationship with jiu-jitsu trainer Joaquim Valente for quite a while now. Is he a friend or something more than that? Well, it sounds like the very friendly pair had a sweet Valentine’s Day together and it wasn’t just a platonic outing.

An insider gushed to Page Six that the supermodel and the athlete are “deeply in love” and were spotted kissing on the most romantic day of the year in her Miami neighborhood. That relationship status update seems to align with other reports that duo has been involved since October 2022, right after her divorce from Tom Brady was finalized. They were often seen hanging out together after a workout, at the beach, and even on family vacations in Costa Rica with her kids, son Benjamin, 14, and daughter Vivian, 11, from her marriage to Brady.

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 10: Joaquim Valente is seen out and about on January 10, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)
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But a Bündchen pal had an easy explanation for their close proximity at the time, telling People, “[Joaquim] and his two brothers are Gisele and the kids’ martial arts teachers. They are not dating.” Even the 42-year-old supermodel brushed aside the rumors in her March 2023 Vanity Fair cover story. “I think, at this point, unfortunately, because I’m divorced, I’m sure that they’re going to try to attach me to anything,” she said. “I’m so grateful to know all of [the Valente brothers], because not only have they helped me and helped my kids, but they have become great friends, and Joaquim especially.”

But she didn’t stop there and continued the praise of her close friend. “He’s our teacher and, most importantly, he’s a person that I admire and that I trust,” she added. “It’s so good to have that kind of energy, to have my kids around that type of energy.” Even if they weren’t officially dating, a second Page Six source seemed to indicate that they were “emotionally involved” for quite some time. They believe that it’s too soon to declare this a major love story, but they confirmed their dating status. “[They’ve been] discreetly been seeing each other since the summer,” they noted.

After months of headlines and a tumultuous divorce, Bündchen and Brady have managed to keep the peace for the sake of their two kids. She has obviously moved forward, and the former NFL star is enjoying an on-again, off-again romance with Irina Shayk. It’s understandable why Bündchen would want to keep her relationship under the radar, but it seems like the tea has officially been spilled.

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