Gisele Bundchen is opening up about getting plastic surgery and how she felt after that.
The 38-year-old model writes about the experiences in her new memoir Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, and spoke about it all in a new interview with People.
Bundchen explained that after breastfeeding her two children for 18 months each she felt her breasts had gotten smaller and become uneven, so she decided to get breast enhancement surgery.
“I was always praised for my body, and I felt like people had expectations from me that I couldn’t deliver,” Bundchen told People. “I felt very vulnerable, because I can work out, I can eat healthy, but I can’t change the fact that both of my kids enjoyed the left boob more than the right. All I wanted was for them to be even and for people to stop commenting on it.”
But after getting the surgery, the model said she instantly regretted it.
“When I woke up, I was like, ‘What have I done?’ I felt like I was living in a body I didn’t recognize,” she recalled. “For the first year I wore [baggy] clothes because I felt uncomfortable.”
Thankfully, her husband, NFL player Tom Brady, supported her through the entire experience.
“He just said, ‘I love you no matter what’ and that I looked beautiful,” she said. “This was definitely another lesson: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But I wish I would have learned that a different way.”
Bundchen also opened up about other vulnerabilities she’s felt over the years and why she decided to write her memoir.
“Things can be looking perfect on the outside but you have no idea what’s really going on,” Bundchen said. “I felt like maybe it was time to share some of my vulnerabilities and it made me realize, everything I’ve lived through, I would never change because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”