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Tom Brady is set to take the field for his first post-retirement NFL game Sunday night, and wife Gisele Bundchen won’t be in the stands, a source tells PEOPLE.
The 45-year-old quarterback will make his return to the league for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first game of the 2022-2023 season against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium without Bündchen, 42, the insider says.
Before the first snap, Bündchen he tweeted“Let’s go @TomBrady ! Let’s go Bucs ! ✨✨✨”
On Thursday, a Buccaneers source told PEOPLE there were no plans for the supermodel to attend the game.
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“It’s always a big deal when Gisele comes to watch the game,” with extra security and snacks for the family, but “for now, there’s none of that for Sunday’s game,” they said.
“She feels very different this year than last year. She was excited to be here, we saw her around,” the source added. “I’m not saying he can’t come, but nothing is right for him to be here for the first game of the regular season and that seems strange.”
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The source went on to say that they are refraining from showing Bündchen around the 7-time Super Bowl champion.
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“Everyone here knows there’s tension, but we don’t know how serious it is. So we just don’t talk to him about Giselle. It’s not a topic anyone wants to bring up.”
A separate source told PEOPLE that Bundchen was “not thrilled” about Brady coming out of retirement.
“There’s a lot of tension. She was so happy when he announced his retirement and she wasn’t thrilled at all when he got back into it.”
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“They’re hitting a rough patch,” the insider continued. “But I know he’s trying, or at least he’s trying, to figure it out and make it work. He wants to get over it and make things better.”
Rumors of a rift between the pair grew when Brady was excused from practice with the Buccaneers last month “to deal with some personal things,” head coach Todd Bowles said during a news conference at the time. According to Bowles, Brady and the team discussed the absence before the start of training camp in July.
Brady spoke about his absence from the team after finally returning 11 days later.
“Everybody has different situations that they deal with and we all have unique challenges in our lives,” Brady told reporters. “I’m 45 years old, man.”
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More than a month after confirming his retirement in February, Brady revealed his decision to retire via Instagram in March.
“These past two months I’ve realized that my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates and I love my supportive family,” he wrote.
Supporting him in the comments section, Bündchen wrote, “Let’s go again! Let’s love! Let’s go Bucs!🔥”