Gisele Bündchen's Romance With Joaquim Valente May Have Started Much Later Than Fans Thought

Gisele Bündchen is slowly taking her romance with jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente public, but fans jumped the gun when it came to their relationship. When the supermodel’s friends were claiming to everyone that they were “great friends” after her divorce from Tom Brady, they were telling the truth. The couple’s dating timeline is much different from what the world was reporting.

A pal of the duo surprised People by sharing, “They have been dating since June.” So, this relationship is rather new because “they’re taking it slow” and they were purposely “very private about this and wanted to keep it quiet while they got to know each other.” The romantic feelings developed over time as Valente “was a huge comfort for Gisele while she went through her divorce” and he often traveled with her family, including son Benjamin, 14, and daughter Vivian, 11, to Costa Rica. “Their friendship turned romantic after the divorce,” a second insider verified.

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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)
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 10: Joaquim Valente is seen out and about on January 10, 2024 in Miami, Florida.

It seems that the fitness trainer has a major stamp of approval from those close to the 43-year-old fashion icon. “Joaquim is a great guy,” they noted. “He is down to earth, kind, and inspiring. Gisele was hesitant about dating after the divorce. It’s been very natural for her to date Joaquim.” Besides helping Bündchen during a tumultuous time in her life, Valente also shares similar Brazilian roots and they have “similar backgrounds.”

“They both left Brazil very young. They have both created amazing lives for themselves in the U.S. They both love Miami but also enjoy traveling. They both enjoy healthy living. Gisele’s in a great space. She is happy and very much enjoying life. Joaquim is perfect for her,” the second source added. Bündchen deserves happiness in her personal life after working hard for years to keep her home life humming while Brady pursued Super Bowl trophies. She put her career on the back burner for his time in the sun.

I’ve done my part, which is [to] be there for [Tom],” she explained to ELLE in 2022 ahead of her divorce from Brady. “I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my children to grow up in and to be there supporting him and his dreams.” Bündchen then added that she was ready to prioritize her career in the family’s next chapter. “There are so many things I’m working on, I’ll be here the entire day talking about it,” she said. “I feel very fulfilled in that way, as a mother, and as a wife. And now it’s going to be my turn.” That next chapter took on a different shape after she and Brady went their separate ways, but with a new romance in her life — Bündchen is moving forward.

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