“We made the decision by agreement”

(CNN) –– Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen announced via Instagram this Friday that they have “finalized their divorce” after 13 years of marriage.

“We came to this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to ensure that they always receive love and the attention they deserve,” Brady wrote in an Instagram story on Friday. “We made the decision to end our marriage after much thought,” he added.

For her part, Bündchen echoed Brady’s words in her statement.

“With great gratitude for the time we spent together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce. My priority has always been and will be our children, whom I love with all my heart. We will continue to participate in their upbringing in order to give them the love, care and attention that they deserve,” he wrote. “The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have separated and while of course it is difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed by the time we spent together and I wish Tom nothing but the best.”

“We wish only the best for each other as we go in search of the new chapters in our lives that have yet to be written,” Brady added in his post.

Earlier this Friday, CNN reported that Brady and Bündchen, who married in 2009, plan to file for divorce this Friday, a source with direct knowledge said. According to the person, the couple will file a divorce petition against each other in Florida.

In early October, CNN reported that Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, and his wife, Bündchen, a model, had hired divorce lawyers as they dealt with “marital issues,” according to a source close to the couple.

The two had been “living apart” for a while, a source close to Bündchen told CNN in September.

Brady, 45, announced his retirement from the NFL in February, only to reverse the decision a short time later. He took an 11-day leave of absence from training camp in August to “deal with personal issues,” according to his head coach Todd Bowles.

In an interview for a magazine Ella which was published last month, Bündchen, 42, said she was worried about her husband returning to football after initially retiring last winter.

“This is a very violent sport. I have my own children and I would like him to be more present,” Bündchen said in an interview. “I’ve obviously had those conversations with him over and over again. But at the end of the day, I feel like everybody has to make the decision that’s right for them.” [ellos]. He should also follow his joy.”

During a recent conversation on his podcast, Brady discussed some of the personal costs of playing in the NFL for more than two decades.

“I haven’t had Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had Thanksgiving in 23 years. I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people I care about who were born between August and the end of January. And I can’t be at funerals and I can’t be at weddings,” he said. is Brady. “I think there comes a point in your life when you say, ‘You know what? I’m satisfied and that’s enough and there’s time to move on, move on to other parts of life.'”

CNN has reached out to representatives for Brady and Bündchen for comment.

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