It looks like Gisele Bündchen does not have a new man in her life. Just two weeks after announcing her divorce from Tom Brady, the supermodel was seen enjoying a dinner date in Costa Rica with hunky Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente – but now, an insider has told DailyMail.com that they are just friends.
The 42-year-old Brazilian fashion model and the handsome martial arts teacher were spotted out together on Saturday evening at Koji in Provincia de Puntarenas alongside her two children – Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, nine – which quickly sparked romance rumors between the pair.
However, a source close to Gisele has now furiously denied that they’re in a relationship, while insisting that the date was anything but romantic – since Joaquim has served as her kids’ instructor ‘for years.’
Submitting to a new love? Gisele Bundchen was seen enjoying a romantic dinner date with hunky Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente
Lock of love: The 42-year-old model is seen putting the martial arts instructor in a rear-naked choke in a video posted back in February
Moving on: Gisele and 45-year-old NFL superstar Tom Brady announced their divorce in late October, as they are seen at the Met Gala back in May 2019
‘He’s been her kids jiu-jitsu teacher for years,’ the insider revealed. ‘There’s no truth to the rumors that they’re dating.’
Page Six was the first to report that Gisele and Joaquim were an item, while sharing photos from their night out on Saturday and branding Joaquim as her ‘new man.’ The New York Post also called Joaquim her ‘a new squeeze’ and ‘rebound following the divorce.’
Gisele and Joaquim appear to go way back, and they even participated in a photoshoot for Dust Magazine together alongside Joaquim’s brothers, Pedro and Giu Valente, last year.
The siblings own Valente Brothers Self Defense Gym in Miami, where they teach the submission and grappling-based martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Back in February, Gisele shared a video of herself practicing the sport with Joaquim and his brothers at their gym, where at one point, she even put Joaquim in a rear-naked choke.
She gushed about the brothers in the caption of the post, writing: ‘I believe the more tools we have in our toolbox the better. I feel stronger, more confidence and empowered since I started practicing self-defense.
Timing: It is unclear where their relationship began but Gisele did participate in a photoshoot for Dust Magazine with he and his brothers, Pedro and Giu Valente, in 2021
Fighting fit: Back in February, Gisele shared a video of herself practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Joaquim and his brothers at their gym
Showing her skills: At one point she even appeared to put her new romantic interest in a rear-naked choke
Clingy romance? The two did not just practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu as Gisele got Joaquim in a clinch as she performed Muay Thai knees on pads being held by the hunk
‘I feel it’s an important skill for all, but specially for us women. Thank you @ValenteBrothers for being awesome teachers and for making training so much fun. I am looking forward to keep improving. Let’s go! [fist emoji].’
At the time, Gisele’s then-husband Tom, 45, replied to her Twitter post, joking: ‘My days of leaving dishes in the sink are numbered.’
Joaquim and his brothers are sons of Pedro Valente Sr. who was awarded the highest degree in Brazilian jiu-jitsu – the red belt and title of Grand Master by Grandmaster Hélio Gracie, who famously developed the martial art itself.
Tom and Gisele confirmed that they were divorcing after 13 years of marriage on October 28.
In a statement posted to Instagram, the athlete called his and Gisele’s decision to end their relationship ‘painful,’ but vowed to put their kids first so that they ‘receive the love and attention they deserve.’
‘In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage,’ he wrote.
‘We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together.
Fantastic four: Joaquim and his brothers are sons of Pedro Valente Sr. who was awarded the highest degree in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the red belt and title of Grand Master, by Grandmaster Hélio Gracie who famously developed the martial art itself
Icon: Two of the brothers are seen with Grandmaster Hélio Gracie whose family began the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993 to prove the effectiveness of their martial art which has since become the premier organization for the sport of mixed martial arts
‘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 always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.
‘We arrived at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration. Doing so is, of course, painful and difficult like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world.
‘However, we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written.’
Gisele added in a post of her own: ‘My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart.
‘We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care, and attention they greatly deserve.
‘The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have grown apart. It is, of course, difficult to go through something like this.’
The supermodel concluded by stating that she ‘wished’ her ex ‘the best,’ and said she was ‘blessed’ for the ‘time they had together.’
According to Page Six, an ‘ironclad prenup’ allowed the couple – who have an estimated combined net worth of $733 million – to quickly settle their divorce.
it was recently revealed that Gisele and Tom had an ‘ironclad prenup’ that allowed them to quickly settle their divorce, according to Page Six; Brady and Bundchen in 2019
The former couple – who confirmed their split in October – has an estimated combined net worth of $733 million that includes a $26 million property portfolio and multiple businesses; seen in 2018
‘They both have their own separate business entities, so the separation of their wealth wasn’t that complicated in the end,’ a source told them. ‘The only other major factor was dividing up their massive property portfolio.’
It was claimed that the NFL legend – who is said to be worth approximately $333 million – will gain full ownership of the former couple’s $17 million mansion located in Miami’s Indian Creek Island, which is often referred to as ‘Billionaire Bunker.’
Tom and Gisele snapped up the waterfront property in 2020 before demolishing it and beginning construction on their dream home, which is still underway.
As for Gisele – who is considered the highest paid supermodel in the world with an estimated $400 million net worth – sources claim that she will keep their vacation home on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.
She quietly purchased a modest $1.25 million Miami Beach home in February and has reportedly purchased a larger property also in the Miami area. They are expected to share custody of their two children.
A source told People magazine that Tom ‘wasn’t as attentive as he should’ve been’ to Gisele before the split.
‘She gave him a lot of opportunities to fix things, and he didn’t,’ the insider explained. ‘[Gisele] wanted to be heard. And he wasn’t hearing her.’
Source: ‘There was an ironclad prenup set down before they married in 2009,’ a source told the outlet Wednesday. ‘They both have their own separate business entities, so the separation of their wealth wasn’t that complicated in the end. The only other major factor was dividing up their massive property portfolio’; seen in 2016
Inside info: Before his divorce from ex-wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady was ‘really trying to fix’ their marriage, a source told People; pictured in 2013
As Gisele, a native of Brazil, seemed to largely put her modeling career on hold to raise their two children the athlete was ‘busy following his passion.’
‘When he’s in the middle of a season, [Brady] does what most NFL players do: live, breathe, eat and sleep football,’ the source added. ‘Tom is more like that than anyone.’
Meanwhile, the beauty and environmental activist is reportedly adjusting well to her new life as a single woman.
‘Gisele is dealing with issues that have been plaguing her for a long time,’ a separate source told the outlet.
And although it was ‘hard at first,’ the insider added that ‘enough time has passed that she is settling in.’
The friend of the pair noted that the former catwalk queen ‘has lived her own life for years while Tom played football so she is not afraid to do things by herself.’
The insider emphasized that ‘nothing is more important’ to Gisele than her kids’ ‘happiness’ and that ‘they will be with both parents and should come out of this in good shape.’
The scoop: It was ‘too little, too late’ a person close to the 45-year-old football player and 42-year-old supermodel told the outlet
Backstory: A source said that as Bundchen, a native of Brazil, raised their two children — Benjamin, twelve, and Vivian, nine — the athlete was ‘busy following his passion’
The news: Both parties used their social media platforms to share respective divorce announcements days ago
Happier time: The former couple began seeing each other in the early 2000s; pictured in NYC March 2008