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On July 7th, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and former Patriots superstar Tom Brady spoke on Spotify’s Drive With Jim Farley podcast about the unique trials of parenting when you’re rich — and it’s garnering quite a bit of discussion on social media media triggered.
The interview was reported by various news outlets, including Page Six, which ran a story headlined, “Tom Brady: My wealth is the ‘hardest’ part about being a parent.” Controversy erupted on social media over Brady’s comment about that his privileged lifestyle and amassed wealth with his wife Gisele Bundchen were the most difficult parts of raising children. Twitter brought up the Snark with sarcastic sympathies such as “thoughts and prayers” and offers to take the money from them.
Hello Tom, good news! Since I am a kind, selfless person, I will relieve you of this problem. Check your DMs for my bank account details. No thanks necessary, just happy to help another struggling parent! https://t.co/kQvgsHhXc0
– The kids don’t burn (@KidsArentOnFire) July 15, 2022
Please respect the Brady family during these difficult times… https://t.co/XJxIUhRPkP
— TPS (@TotalProSports) July 15, 2022
Others came to his defense, reminding people to read or listen to the full interview before jumping to conclusions. “Be sure to read the article,” suggested one Reddit user. “At least he understands that his kids are growing up very privileged and tries to make sure they aren’t assholes.”
The couple are raising three children together: Vivian Lake, 9, Benjamin Rein, 12, and John “Jack” Edward, 14, Brady’s son with his ex Bridget Moynahan. In the podcast interview, Brady told host Farley that he just wanted them to know that their childhoods are different from most other kids.
“We have people cleaning for us. We have people who prepare our food. We have people who drive us to the airport if we need that … we get off a plane and there people are waiting for us and we’re ushered in,” he said on the podcast. Wealth is not the problem; It’s that despite this immense privilege, the NFL athlete struggles to keep his kids grounded in reality.
This is in contrast to the childhood he and Bundchen experienced. While he was raised in California in a middle-class family, his wife was raised in rural Brazil. “There are two bedrooms in her house — one for her parents and one for her and her five sisters,” he said.
Since then, Brady has become intimate with a hefty paycheck. According to Sporting News, he has played in the NFL for 23 years and earned nearly $300 million. Meanwhile, Bundchen was named the highest paid model in the world by Forbes in 2016 for the 14th straight year, and her current net worth is around $400 million.
Brady and Bundchen plan to talk privilege with their kids while they grow up. “I think we can try to create experiences that are more in line with what most children go through, even though they will still have experiences that many children never have.”
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