‘The plane starts shaking like a little leaf’: Months before meeting her husband Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen suffered a disheartening experience that triggered her panic attacks

The glamorous fashionista and wife of Tom Brady rose through the ranks to become the highest-earning model in two decades. The famous Brazilian beauty, Gisele Bündchen, has been the face of many luxury brands. And appeared on over 1,200 magazine covers. Really, she’s the last remaining model. However, all the hard work she put in at the height of her career took a major toll on her mental and physical health. An incident that happened with her triggered the pattern and left her scarred.

The modeling industry is not just glitzy and glamorous. The models and the people who work in them suffer a lot to succeed.

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She was a young model who wanted to do it big. Because of this, the catwalk beauty rarely said no to a modeling gig that came her way. Bündchen started her day with a Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream, smoked three cigarettes, and ended with a bottle of wine.

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Her lifestyle was unhealthy and proved fatal for her. Because of so much pressure, she revealed that she went through horrible panic attacks. “It all started in a small plane. You know, I was in Costa Rica and I was flying a six-seater plane and the plane started shaking like a little leaf. I mean, I was like completely helpless, you know. And I’m a person who always likes to keep things under control. It was definitely a moment out of control.”

Before meeting Tom Brady, the supermodel had to change

This incident triggered a fear of small spaces in Gisele Bündchen’s mind. Entering the subway elevators frightened him. At 22, she hit rock bottom and felt compelled to change. At that time, she was with movie star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

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With the help of a naturopath, she cut out dairy products, alcohol, cigarettes, grains, caffeine and sugar. The only thing she could eat were nuts, vegetables and a small portion of lean meat. Basically getting rid of anything unhealthy was his plan. And what else didn’t make the cut? Leo. He was gone too.

NEW YORK – MAY 03: Tom Brady and model Gisele Bündchen attend the Costume Institute Benefit Gala to celebrate the opening of ‘American Woman: Shaping a National Identity’ exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York York. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

The detox was successful and combined it with meditation. She felt better than ever. Then, in 2006, she met the love of her life, Tom Brady.

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