In an odd bit of timing, Tom Brady posted a famous quote about success by Ralph Waldo Emerson on Instagram Wednesday night.
What is unusual about it is that in the quote Emerson mentions enduring “the betrayal of false friends.”
Why is that small portion of the lengthy quote drawing folks’ attention? Because during her interview this week with Vanity Fair, Brady’s ex-wife Gisele Bundchen was asked if she’s dating Tom’s billionaire friend Jeffrey Soffer.
Her response was, “I have zero relationship with him in any way. He’s Tom’s friend, not my friend. I wouldn’t be with his friend.”
While the two quotes certainly might not be connected, the fact that Tom Brady chose to share it mere hours after Gisele’s Vanity Fair interview came out has made people suspicious.
Here’s the full Ralph Waldo Emerson quote Tom Brady posted on Instagram…
“What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate the beauty; to find best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen appear to be trading messages in public. https://t.co/3gbeQ2mLYJ
— SI Advance Sports (@SIAdvanceSports) March 23, 2023
Tom Brady shares cryptic quote about success and 'enduring betrayal of false friends' https://t.co/BGWGAG74Z0
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 23, 2023
Tom Brady shares curious message after Gisele Bündchen’s bombshell Vanity Fair interview https://t.co/4z8auYuMVc pic.twitter.com/uTUwdM3we2
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) March 23, 2023
Are people blowing this out of proportion? Maybe. Then again, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are both masters of manipulating the press to get their messages out. Even the cryptic ones.
After all, it was Gisele Bundchen herself who wrote on Instagram last week, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”