Poor Tom Brady. The man shows up to the Super Bowl 10 times in his career and earns five Super Bowl MVP awards, but critics are more interested in his parenting style than his career achievements. To put it nicely, it seems that Tom Brady’s kids are not lacking in love—the star quarterback unabashedly showers them with it. But from another perspective, his displays of affection are perhaps a little too much. Three years after a video of Tom Brady kissing his son went viral, some viewers remain squeamish about the footage. Was his smooch normal or creepy? And does poor Jack, who is now 13, still lock lips with his dad? We’ve got the rundown on Brady and wife Gisele Bündchen’s kids, as well as some insight into their family dynamics.
Tom Brady Has Three Kids: Jack, Benjamin, And Vivian
Brady and Bündchen are currently parents to three children: sons Jack and Benjamin and daughter Vivian. However, the Brazilian supermodel is only the biological mother of two out of the three kids (more on that later).
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Michael Strahan asked the Buccaneer what he wants his children to learn from his success.
“I think trying to keep them grounded and understand that you know A. They’re going to have to work hard and B. Mom and Dad’s life is very unique in this world,” said Brady. “I don’t want them to take those things for granted. I want them to make the impact in the world that they’re going to make, but they’re going to make it in their way, too.”
For more on balancing football with family, check out the entire interview below.
Here’s what we know about each of the couple’s children.
John Edward Thomas Moynahan
John Edward Thomas Moynahan, known to the family as Jack, was born in 2007. He is actually the biological son of Brady and his ex-girlfriend, Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan.
The circumstances surrounding Jack’s conception were unusual: Moynahan revealed the pregnancy well into Brady’s new relationship with Bündchen. It originally caused some tension, but now that both parents are in happy marriages, they are committed to a healthy co-parenting arrangement.
“Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together,” Moynahan told People in 2019, “and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child but also loved our child as if he was their own. I don’t think you can ask for more than that. My son is surrounded by love.”
As a first-born child who takes after his dad, Jack holds a special place in Brady’s heart. Check out the two embracing before the football star’s record-breaking performance at this year’s Super Bowl.
Jack’s little brother Benjamin, born to Bündchen, joined the family in 2009. According to Brady, his arrival was life-changing because it challenged his perspective of father-son relationships.
“Jack loves sports. He wants to try hard, and he never wants to disappoint his dad. That was me,” he told Men’s Health in 2019.
“When Benny came along, I thought he would be just like Jack,” Brady continued. “So I was like, ‘C’mon, let’s do this.’ And he was like, ‘Nope.’ And I was like, ‘What? No, do this!’ And Gisele kept saying to me, ‘Would you effing understand that your son is different?’
“It was hard for me,” he confessed. “I was like, ‘What do you mean? He’s a boy; he should just do all these things that I do.’ The reality is that Benny just likes different things. And it’s great because now I just have to go do what he wants to do. When we do that, we have the best time. He’s like, ‘OMG, Dad, you’re so funny.’ He loves joking, and I joke back.”
Vivian Lake Brady
Brady and Bündchen’s daughter Vivian was born in 2012. In keeping with typical father-daughter dynamics, she is his princess.
“It’s the worst — well, it’s not the worst for me, I think it’s the worst for my wife who’s trying to instill some discipline in her and I just give her whatever she wants,” Brady told Entertainment Tonight. “But isn’t that what men are supposed to do for daughters? Yeah, there’s princesses, and My Little Pony dolls, and it’s just the cutest thing ever.”
A Video Of Tom Brady Kissing His Son Jack Went Viral
It’s clear that Brady loves his children, but a kiss with Jack that was caught on tape in 2018 raised some eyebrows. The footage, part of a Facebook docuseries, was filmed with Brady’s approval. Check out Jack asking for permission to check his fantasy football scores and his dad negotiating a smooch in exchange.
Many Found The Kiss To Be Disturbing
Brady and Jack’s kisses immediately went viral, and reactions were split. One camp deemed it cringey at best and outrageously inappropriate at worst.
But others came to his defense, saying it was an genuine, tender moment.
Does Tom Brady Still Kiss His Son On The Lips?
Brady never addressed the controversy, which suggests that he sees nothing to defend. A 2017 photo of Brady kissing his own dad on the lips supports this theory.
He also caused a squirmish stir on social media when he laid one on New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft.
Although Brady hasn’t been caught in a similar situation since the quasi-scandal, we see no reason to believe that he’s changed his stance on how to show familial affection. However, judging by how he wiped his lips after planting one on his dad, Jack will probably take the same tack as any other teenager and ask his dad to stop the embarrassing gestures of love.