George Pimentel / Getty Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bündchen posted a birthday message to her Instagram Story on Sunday, to honor her sister, Graziela Nonnenmacher Bündchen.
“Happy birthday to a true angel on earth! I love you so much sister!” The message, translated from Portuguese, said.
The photo shows Bündchen’s sister Graziela, in blue, hugging the 42-year-old Brazilian supermodel, Gisele pulling up a strange face with one leg. Gisele used Instagram stickers to show that she was holding a birthday cake and added animated hearts to the photo.
The birthday post comes after sources tell People that Bündchen and Brady have “hit a hard patch” in their marriage.
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Brady and Gisele — who share son Benjamin Wren, 12, and daughter Vivian Lake, 9, as well as quarterback’s son John “Jack” Edward, 14, whom he shares with former Bridget Moynahan — via friends After meeting with have been married for 13 years. The couple tied the knot on February 26, 2009, a month after getting engaged in an intimate ceremony at St. Monica Catholic Church in California.
Sources have revealed to PEOPLE that the couple disagrees about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback decision to play another season in the NFL – a choice that has long caused “a lot of tension” between the couple.
Brady and Gisele were seen spending time separately over Labor Day weekend. Sources told PEOPLE that the supermodel took Benjamin and Vivian to a Florida water park, while Brady went to New York to watch his son Jack’s football practice.
A source close to Brady told PEOPLE that Gisele was “not thrilled” by her husband’s decision to retire from professional football earlier this year.
“They are hitting a rough patch,” the insider continued. “But I know they’re trying, or at least he’s trying, to figure it out and make it work. He wants to go through it and make things better.”
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A Buccaneers source told PEOPLE that no preparations are being made for Gisele to attend the first game of her husband’s season, which takes place on Sunday.
“It’s always a big deal when Gisele is coming to see the game, [but] At the moment, there is nothing like that for Sunday’s game.”
The source added, “This year is feeling very different compared to last year. She was so excited to be here, we saw her.” “I’m not saying she can’t possibly come, but there’s nothing here for her first regular season game and it feels weird.”
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The insider added that people aren’t bringing Gisele around Brady.
“Everyone here knows there’s tension, but we don’t know how serious it is. That’s why we’re not talking to her about Gisele. It’s not a topic anyone wants to bring up to her.”
“Rumors of a rift between the couple grew after Brady was exempted from practicing with the Buccaneers last month,” head coach Todd Bowles said during a press conference at the time. According to Bowles, Brady and the team discussed absences before training camp began in July.
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Brady spoke about his absence from the team after returning 11 days later.
“Everyone has different situations they’re dealing with, and we all have unique challenges in life,” Brady told reporters. “I’m 45, man.”
“There’s a lot going on, so you just have to try and understand life as best you can. You know, it’s an ongoing process,” he continued.