In a revealing interview that aired Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network, star quarterback Tom Brady was filled with warm words about his teammates — and his wife, Gisele Bundchen. The NFL great also discussed a hotly-debated kiss on the lips he gave his son in an episode of an online documentary that debuted back in February.
On his nine-year marriage to the supermodel, Brady told Winfrey, “I just love having to come home to someone that engages me every night,” according to CBS Boston.
“She makes me laugh, oh my God,” he added. “Just, in some ways we’re different, and in some ways we’re so similar. She flies in the sky, she’s so creative. And I’m very rooted. So she stretches me in ways that without her I couldn’t be stretched.”
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Winfrey also asked Brady about the kiss on the lips he was seen giving his 11-year-old son, Jack, in an episode of the Facebook Watch series Tom vs. Time. At the time, the clip of the kiss sparked a major debate, with some criticizing the show of affections as “uncomfortable” and others saying his behavior redefined the ideas of traditional masculinity.
“I grew up in an affectionate home,” the 40-year-old quarterback explained, according to The Boston Globe. “When I grew up, it was just a part of our family. My mom kissed me all the time, my dad kissed me all the time, I got hugged, I got tickled, I got kissed. So naturally, as a father, that’s what I do with my kids.”
Brady added that he worried his son might have to deal with bullying at school over the clip, which was widely-shared online. “I was wondering maybe the kids at school say something because maybe they watched,” he said. “That’s probably more what I thought about. Is he going to have deal with kids coming up to him and teasing him? It’s hard for kids.”
Brady also shared his thoughts about players “taking a knee” during the national anthem — a movement that began as a protest against police brutality, and that has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump. NFL owners decided last month that taking a knee would be strictly prohibited during games, but Brady said the movement had led to important conversations among players.
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“I respect why people are doing what they’re doing,” he explained. “And they’re doing it for different reasons. And that’s OK. You can do things for your reasons, they can do things for their reasons, and you have respect for that. But I thought it was great.”
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