He might not be playing in the game on Sunday, but it’s hard to imagine that Tom Brady has spent too much time feeling sorry for himself of late. The reason being, besides the fact that he’s married to one of the highest paid and widely considered to be one of the most beautiful supermodels currently on the planet, who he also recently welcomed his second child with, and that he already has three Super Bowl rings in his personal collection, but the Patriots quarterback recently completed construction on a 22,000 square foot mansion in Los Angeles, complete with a California-sized swimming pool, custom playscape for the children, and yes, a moat that encircles the entire building.
The would-be castle took over three years to build, and has been designed to suit the power-couple’s exact specifications. No word yet on why exactly the couple requested a moat, but they did make sure to put a bridge in in order for guests and visitors to be able to reach the front door without a boat. The Detroit Free Press reported on the architectural masterpiece earlier this week.
So, it seems that America’s cutest quarterback might have designs on building a fashioning a more literal dynasty than his trio of Superbowl crowns. Now he’s got his catwalk queen and a castle for them to rule from!
Boston’s most beautiful couple, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, proclaimed the birth of the their second child last week, a daughter, named Vivian Lake. That’s right, on December 5, the couple’s second child (and Tom Brady’s third–he has a son with ex Bridget Moynahan) came into the world by making a splash right in the bathtub of the couple’s Boston home. Bundchen opted to once again have a home-birth, after successfully giving birth to son Benjamin in December of 2009 in the same way.
Bundchen announced the birth via her Facebook page, along with a photo of mom holding the wee one’s hand, saying:
“We feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again and are forever grateful for the opportunity to be the parents of another little angel. Vivian Lake was born at home on December 5. She is healthy and full of life.”
Brady, 35, and Bundchen, 32, met in December, 2006, after both ending high profile relationships; Brady with Moynahan and Bundchen with Leonardo DiCaprio. They married in February of 2009. Last year, the super duo was named the world’s highest paid celebrity couple. For the sixth consecutive year, Bundchen was named the top earner of Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid models of 2012.
Brady has been quarterback for the Patriots since he was drafted to the NFL in 2000. In 2010, Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension.
Boston is not known for being the most fashionable city—as a matter of fact, a now infamous story published by GQ magazine last year cited Boston as the “worst dressed” city in the country. Last week, however, we took a serious step forward in raising our fashion quotient when famed fashion photographer Mario Testino‘s first-ever stateside museum show opened at the Museum of Fine Arts.
The affair brought such high-fashion royalty as Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, and models like Karlie Kloss, Candace Swanpoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Constance Jablonski, Joan Smalls, Sigrid Agren, and Gisele Bundchen, who is the only one of the bunch that has probably visited the MFA before, as the wife of Tom Brady is often spotted on the streets of Beantown throughout the year.
Testino’s work has graced the pages of esteemed fashion publications like Vanity Fair and Vogue. The exhibit is called “In Your Face,” and features iconic images of models and celebrities that seem both staged and candid at times, but always glamorous. Tom Brady, Oprah, Mariah Carey, Orlando Blume and his supposed muse, Kate Moss, are all featured throughout the show in full color prints. At the same time, another exhibit, called “British Royal Portraits,” focuses on his photographs of the royal family from the 1970s until today.
The exhibit will remain on display at the museum until until Feb. 3, 2013.
Hubby Tom Brady and his New England Patriots may have only earned the number two spot in the NFL this year, but supermodel Gisele Bundchen won the Super Bowl in Time magazine’s list of the most influential models of all time. The catagory, in ‘All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons‘, also included Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum and Twiggy.
Bundchen, discovered in San Paulo, Brazil when she was 14, has been the highest paid model in the world since 2004. Last year, Forbes magazine estimated that her total earnings have passed the $550 million mark. She is credited with ending the “heroin-chic” era of modeling (Kate Moss, Gia Carangi) and was one of the best known of Victoria’s Secret angels.
After a highly publicized five year relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Bundchen began dating quarterback Brady. They married in April 2009 and welcomed son Benjamin Rein in December of the same year. She has had a love/hate relationship with Pats fans, many attributing Brady’s failure at winning another Super Bowl to the “Gisele jinx”. She has also been blamed for what many fans feel is Tom’s lack of football fashion sense – from his endorsement of UGG boots to his Justin Bieber hairstyle of last season.
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Huge is an understatement when it comes to describing Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s 22,000-square-foot mansion in Brentwood, California. The custom designed estate, which began construction last year, is nearly complete. The eight-bedroom home will feature a lagoon-style pool for swimsuit model Bundchen and weight room for Patriot’s QB Brady. Hollywood’s highest earning couple will share the home with their two-year-old son, Benjamin.
The home, prepared by famed architect, Bing Hu, cost a reported $20 million, not including the $11.75 million the couple initially paid for the 3.6 acre plot. With Bundchen recently announcing she has be pegged as the face for two 2012 luxury lines, Givenchy and Ferragamo, the couple certainly has some extra dough to splurge on the new home.
Bundchen, a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environmental Program, has reportedly ensured the home is extremely eco-friendly. Certain green features to the home include energy-saving lighting, energy-efficient appliances, sustainable building materials and rainwater recovery systems. Through her work with the UN, Bundchen has helped launch safe-water initiatives.
The Brady bunch made news in Boston recently when they put their 10.5 million dollar Back Bay penthouse up for sale. It’s still available, and all interested parties can check out pictures on the Sotheby’s real estate site.
Proving brawn and beauty make a killer combo, Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen top the Forbes list of the World’s Highest-Paid Couples. The financial magazine reported the estimated combined sum of the couple’s earnings to be $76 million, beating out music moguls Beyonce and Jay-Z ($72 million) and Hollywood heartthrobs Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ($50 million) for the top spot.
Brady, who has been with the New England Patriots since 2000, signed a $72 million contract extension with the team and took home $31 million this year. His supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen is on track to be the world’s first billionaire model and pocketed $45 million from endorsement deals and business ventures. Tom has also done his share of modeling as the face of Ugg and Under Armour in recent years.
The couple own a Boston home on Commonwealth Avenue, which they share with their son Benjamin, and Tom’s son with actress Bridget Moynahan, John. They also give back to the Greater Boston area as Tom participated in the Best Buddies Challenge bike ride from Boston to Hyannis Port this June. Brazilian Bundchen is particularly charitable, serving as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation’s Environmental Programme, nabbing a Global Environment Citizen Award from the Harvard Club this year and most recently donating $1 million to the Red Cross Japanese earthquake fund in March.
★ Ben Affleck’s love letters to Boston; this time in The Company Men.
★ Supermodel Gisele Bundchen reads to kids in Boston.
★ Actor Michael Weatherly, who grew up in Connecticut and attended Brooks Academy in Andover, MA, just signed an “NCIS” deal.
★ Executive producer and Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg appears at the premier of season 7 of “Entourage”.
★ Cast of the Bay State film, Fury Vengeance talk about real life animal encounters at the premiere (above).
★ Two-time Tony Award winning actress Frances Sternhagen, also known as Cliff’s mom on Cheers and Bunny MacDougal on Sex and the City, performs at the Salem Theatre Company.
★ Katie Holmes to star as Jackie Kennedy in HBO miniseries.
★ Scott Brown’s daughter, and former “American Idol” contestant, Ayla, gets job on CBS’s “The Early Show”.
★ “Project Runway” contestant, designer Kara Janx, to appear at the May 12th and 13th Stylefixx event in Boston, previewing her spring 2010 line.
★ The New England Patriot Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen drop $20 million to build the their ideal home in Brentwood, California.
★ Celebrity connections, HEC exclusive: Spotted on Saturday, February 13, Harvard Alum Natalie Portman presented a reading on love as a guest at the wedding of two Harvard Med School grads. The ceremony was held at the Memorial Chapel at Harvard Yard, and the actress wore a red and black designer dress.
★ Who could be meaner than Simon? Boston U grad, Howard Stern in talks to guest judge on “American Idol”.
★ Batman in Beantown: Val Kilmer speaks at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston.
★ 5 people injured at the North Attleborough mall during a visit by the Disney Channel’s Selena Gomez.
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