The quarterback superstar opens up about being married to Gisele Bundchen, living life in front of the paparazzi, and having a child. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Tom on life and having a child out of wedlock:
“That’s not how you envisioned your life, that’s not how you envisioned having children, but it happens. Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That’s not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that’s what life needs to be—and that if it’s not that, it’s all screwed up. It’s not. You go through life and you try the best you can.”
Tom on being set-up on a blind date with Gisele:
“This friend told me he knew a girl version of me.” Gisele chimes in, “And he said to me he’d found a boy version of me.”
Tom on living in New York:
"You blend in very easily here," he explains. "You can kind of disappear here, and that's a good thing. There aren't too many places where I've found that's the case lately."
Tom on his life being chronicled by the tabloids:
"It's entertaining. You know, it's very—I don't take myself very seriously. I'm not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me. So when people criticize me, and they should—that's what you do as an athlete. You go out there, and that's what happens. You deal with it and laugh with it and hope they sell a lot of newspapers. Because there's going to be the next article the next day, and the next article the next day."
Tom on fame:
"Every time I step out," he says, "I know there's probably somebody watching, with a camera phone or something. And it doesn't feel good."
Tom on modeling being harder than playing football:
"Yeah, she gives me all the food on her plate because she doesn't eat it," he joked about Gisele. “When I’m out on the football field, I have so much confidence in what I’m doing. With [the modeling], I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m at the whim of the photographer and the crew.”