Almost 10 months after finalizing his divorce from supermodel Gisele Bundchen, with whom he shares two children, Tom Brady moved on with a new model: Russian beauty Irina Shayk, who shares a daughter with actor ex Bradley Cooper.
A month after they were first linked, People magazine shared an update on how things are going — and how Irina feels about the retired NFL star.
The Russian model, a source told People, is "impressed with Tom. He is her dream guy. She loves dating him."
The pair "work around their schedules and meet up wherever they can," the source added. "Irina doesn't mind traveling to see him. She is very excited about their relationship."
Keep reading to find out about their dates and hangouts that have made headlines, how and where they met, how their romance got out, what their big exes — Gisele Bundchen and Bradley Cooper — initially thought about the pair dating and more…
Their London meet-up
In August, Tom Brady and Irina Shayk spent two days together "holed up," a source told People magazine, at a boutique hotel in London. Tom was in town to attend a soccer match (pictured) between the team he recently invested in — he's now a co-owner of Birmingham City FC — and Leeds United.
According to People, following their Aug. 13 and 14 stay together, the former NFL star and the model left the Twenty Two Hotel in London's Mayfair area early the morning of Aug. 15 through different side entrances five minutes apart and he flew home to the States from a private airport.
Their NYC date night
On July 28, Tom Brad and Irina Shayk met up again, this time for what an eyewitness told Page Six was a "private and ensconced" dinner in a private room at Sushi Azabu in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood.
"I was dining at the sushi counter, and as I was finishing my meal, Tom Brady was coming in," the eyewitness told Page Six, adding that restaurant staff escorted the retired quarterback to a private room moments before Irina arrived and was taken to the same room. "It was just the two of them," the eyewitness said. "They were just in their own little world. They clearly didn't want to be around people."
Romance revealed: Their L.A. weekend together
It was big news when TMZ reported that Tom Brady and Irina Shayk spent a weekend together in late July — and there were photos! The hookup began on the afternoon of July 21 when Tom picked up Irina at the Hotel Bel-Air and drove her to his place in Los Angeles, TMZ reported, adding that its sources confirmed Irina joined Tom inside and didn't leave until about 9:30 the next morning. Page Six reported that she was wearing the same thing she had on the previous day.
Tom took Irina back to her hotel the morning of July 22 then picked her up — again — later that afternoon, TMZ reported, at which point they were photographed having what the webloid described as "a sweet interaction" in his vehicle: While stopped at a light, Tom was snapped tenderly stroking Irina's cheek. They then headed back to his place once more.
How they met
TMZ reported that Tom Brady and Irina Shayk met in May 2023 at billionaire art heir Joe Nahmad and model Madison Headrick's wedding in Sardinia. "A number of models were hitting on Tom, and Irina was one of them," an insider told TMZ.
Page Six had previously reported that, according to a source, Irina "scarcely let him out of her sight" and "followed him around all weekend," adding, "She was throwing herself at him."
But Irina's camp denied the report, with Vice President of The Society Management Cheri Bowen telling DailyMail.com, "This story is completely false. It is a totally malicious and fictional account of the evening."
"Not just a fling"
After Tom Brady and Irina Shayk's weekend sleepover made headlines, DailyMail.com reported that the retired NFL quarterback and the Russian model's romance is more than just a weekend hookup. "Tom is really ecstatic that this is happening, he feels that they totally get each other, and he really finds her extremely interesting, entrepreneurial, and has a clever sense of humor that really appeals to everything he is all about," a source said. "She is not just a fling; he really wants to make this work."
The source added that Tom "always told himself after his divorce that he would only get involved with someone that a future could be made, someone he could eventually introduce to his kids. He really thinks very highly of [Irina] and where this relationship could go. He has zero worry with her, they seem to get each other and get along quite well."
A second source told DailyMail.com the pair are dating but insisted it wasn't serious yet. "They're dating and having fun. It was Tom who invited Irina to his home in LA after they really clicked in May [at their mutual friends' wedding]. They've been in touch ever since then, trying to line up schedules to meet," explained the second source. "They have a lot of chemistry. They're excited to see where it goes but it's still early days."
How his ex-wife feels about it
How did Tom Brady's ex-wife, Gisele Bundchen, feel about the football legend moving on with another supermodel? According to one of TMZ's insiders, the Brazilian beauty initially was "not happy at all" to learn that Tom was dating Irina, which publicly emerged a few days after Gisele's 43rd birthday.
However, a source close to Gisele later told TMZ on July 24, 2023, that the legendary beauty — who is not friends with Irina but has known her professionally for years and is always cordial with her when they see each other — is actually fine with it. '"Why wouldn't she be happy for Tom? She divorced him. It is helpful to her freedom that he moved on," said the source close to Gisele.
How her ex-partner feels about it
Irina Shayk was in a serious relationship with Bradley Cooper, with whom she shares daughter Lea, from 2015 to 2019. So how does the nine-time Oscar nominee feel about his ex and Tom?
"To say he is not bothered by this would be a lie," a source told DailyMail.com on July 25, 2023, of Bradley's initial reaction. "He has been on and off and on with Irina and he has so much love for her. She is the mother to his girl and they are his two favorite women in the world. He feels that, for the first time, she met someone in Tom that would take her heart away from him forever. Tom is very capable of being a devoted husband and parent and husband. This is what gets to Bradley."
However, the source added, Bradley feels "conflicted" because he's "dated other women" since he and Irina split.