Why Tom Brady Missed the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Because #work.

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When we think "supportive celebrity couples," New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and international supermodel Gisele Bündchen immediately come to mind. That's why it was a surprise to many when Brady wasn't there cheering Bündchen on while she made her historic walk down the world's longest runway (opens in new tab) at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

It's not that Brady didn't want to be there to support his wife—work just got in the way.

"For me, [the Olympics] are right in the middle of training camp so I need to talk my coach out of a couple days of practice," he told People (opens in new tab) a few weeks before the Rio Games. "I haven't asked them so, we'll see!"

Unfortunately, it looks like timing just didn't work out for the power couple on this one, but we're sure Brady was supporting Bündchen enthusiastically from home. And, like the gloriously independent woman she is, the Horizontina, Brazil native had the time of her life celebrating the Olympics in her home country.

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"I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe," she wrote in a moving Instagram post (opens in new tab) about the Olympics. "I truly believe that each Olympian lights the path for the next young child dreaming of being at the Olympics and encourages the practice of sports. As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity. I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country. I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love."

Everything about Bündchen's involvement with the Olympics has been truly beautiful, just like her.

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.