Gisele Bundchen got candid about overwhelming stress that she had faced during her modeling career which led to her fantasizing about ‘jumping out of the window’ at one point.
The Brazilian-born beauty, 43, who recently revealed that she was ‘just surviving’ before divorcing Tom Brady, opened up about the emotional topic in a snippet of her upcoming interview with Lee Cowan for CBS News Sunday Morning.
The mother of two launched her professional modeling career during New York Fashion Week in 1996 – when she was just 16-years-old.
However, Bundchen expressed hardships that she faced while working in the industry in the past. ‘You know, I was in tunnels. I couldn’t breathe. And then I started being in studios, and I felt like suffocated.’
Gisele recalled, ‘I lived on the ninth floor, and I had to go up the stairs because I was afraid I would be stuck on the elevator, and I’d be hyperventilating…’
‘You know when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, I don’t want to live like this, you know what I mean?’
Cowan then cut in to ask Gisele, ‘Did you really think about jumping?’ The model then replied with, ‘Yeah. For, like, a second.’
In her younger teenage years, Bundchen was enrolled in a modeling course with her sisters by their mother, and was later discovered by Elite Model Management.
After placing second in the national contest called Elite Mode Look, the beauty moved to Sau Paulo to begin pursing a career in the modeling industry.
She made her professional breakthrough in 1996 during New York Fashion Week, and through the late 90s, starred in campaigns for various luxurious brands – such as Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Versace.
Her first cover for Vogue was for Vogue Paris in 1998, and the following year, she signed with IMG Models.
Also in 1999, she celebrated her first U.S. Vogue cover, and later that same year, won the VH1 Vogue Model of the Year Award. At the age of 19, Gisele signed a contract with Victoria’s Secret.
Her success travelled to the 2000s, where she continued to strut on the runway and collaborate with brands.
The star also stepped into the film industry, and took on roles in films such as Taxi (2004) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
‘Jumping’: Cowan then cut in to ask Gisele, ‘Did you really think about jumping?’ The model then replied with, ‘Yeah. For, like, a second’; seen in 2005
Gisele is still prominent in the industry to the present day, and notably starred in the latest Icons campaign for Victoria’s Secret last month in August. She joined other celebrities, such as Naomi Campbell and Adriana Lima.
However, she has previously opened up about the struggles she had faced when entering the modeling world at a young age.
While talking to Vanity Fair earlier this year in March, she discussed moving to New York and living with other modes, but was surrounded by drug use.
‘I saw things that were like, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I always say my guardian angels are very powerful,’ Gisele explained, adding that she ‘escaped’ certain situations due to having ‘faith.’
‘You have to survive that…It’s just emotional. I feel everything so deeply, and when I remember it, I feel like I’m living it again,’ Bundchen later expressed and remembered how ‘tough’ it was at that time.
‘My natural instinct was, “I’m not going to be a victim of this. I’m not going to sit here and be like, ‘Why are they treating me like this? Why are they leaving me standing here naked for, like, eight hours without offering me water or food? Why are they being so mean?”‘
‘I could have been sitting there thinking, “Am I even worthy of anything?” Gisele emotionally stated.
‘I could have chosen to do drugs. I could have chosen to party. I could have chosen to allow…the vampires that are out there to suck life out of me and use me, but I came out of it. I wasn’t broken.’
Also during the CBS News Sunday Morning interview, Gisele revealed she was ‘just surviving’ before divorcing Tom Brady- and is ‘now living’ in her most candid interview about her divorce yet.
The supermodel started dating the football star, 45, in 2007 and was with him for more than a decade before they confirmed they were divorcing in October 2022.
The star said she has happily moved into a new era of her life and detailed how the pair ‘grew apart’ before their split – saying, ‘I think before I was more surviving, and now I’m living, which is different.’
Tom and Gisele share two children – Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 13 – while he also has an older son, Jack, 15, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan.
Gisele took a step back from modelling to raise the couple’s children and has now returned to the world of high fashion.
Brady sent shockwaves around the world when he first announced his retirement in 2022 – a decision he would reverse just weeks later – which reportedly irked his now ex-wife.
Rumors speculated that Bundchen was concerned about the sport’s impact on Brady’s health – reportedly delivering him an ultimatum to retire, otherwise their marriage would end.
He announced his retirement for the second and final time in February 2023.
Speaking about the decision to divorce, the star said: ‘I think it’s not what I dreamed of and what I hoped for. My parents have been married for 50 years, and I really wanted that to happen.’
‘But I think you have to accept you know sometimes that the way you are in your 20s, it’s sometimes you grow together, sometimes you grow apart…’
‘I mean, he’s the father of my kids, so I always wish him the best, and I’m so grateful that he gave me wonderful children.’
Watch a clip of the interview below: