Gisele Bündchen Says a Part of Her ‘Died’ When She Became a Parent

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been stealing the hearts of many for years. Ever since she was a young girl, she has appeared on numerous magazine covers and on the runway for some of the biggest fashion names ever.

Last year, Gisele published a book called Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life. During one promotional interview, she decided to open up about her not-so-easy transition to motherhood. She explained:

“When I became a mum, I kind of lost myself. It was like a part of me died. I’d been this very independent person. It was all about me. But now I had this little being, and I suddenly felt I couldn’t do other things and that was very hard for me. All I ever wanted was to be a mum, but when you’re actually experiencing that, it’s a shock.”

She said she opened up about a classic conundrum most parents face: all-encompassing guilt about leaving their kids at home. Going to business trips was more stressful for her than ever before:

“I had all this horrible, self-imposed guilt. I thought what a terrible mother I was for leaving my child even for like a day. I was feeling guilty for that too. Like, ‘Here we are on a plane and the baby is crying.'”

She said that being as a full-time mom, she didn’t always have a ton of patience or energy left by the time the sun went down. However, her love for her husband made her pull it through:

“You’re overwhelmed and tired and then you’re not the nicest partner. When someone you love is happy, it makes you happy, or if they’re sad it makes you sad. You suffer with them and you have joy with them.”

Gisele is a mother to two: a son named Benjamin and a daughter named Vivian. She is also stepmother to John, Brady’s son from his previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.