"Daddy won five times. They never won before. Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes," Bundchen told her children.
"Sometimes you have to let other people win,’’ she continued. "We have to share. Sharing is caring.’"
Bundchen and Brady share Vivian and 8-year-old son Benjamin. Brady is also father to 10-year-old son John from a previous relationship. At one point after the game, Bundchen crouched down and wiped away Vivian and Benjamin's tears as John stood beside them. Bundchen was later seen offering her congratulations to members of the Eagles as she left the stadium.
The model is now facing backlash for her comment about "letting someone else win," with some finding her words "patronizing."
Gisele telling their kids "You have to let someone else win sometimes." That's garbage parenting. Heaven forbid you teach your kids that failure happens to the best of us and that it doesn't mean the effort wasn't worth it. https://t.co/pB6L8omNYl— Dick Warlock, Stunt Coordinator (@PhilipIVofSpain) February 5, 2018
Great parenting. When you lose and you have to accept it. You don’t let someone else win unless you are playing a game against your 6 year old child. Comments like that are the reason the Brady’s are disliked. Be humble and accept the “L” Gisele.— Todd 🇺🇸 (@toddiams3) February 5, 2018
Others noted that while they understood Bundchen's sentiment, her choice of words seemed to be the issue.
Anybody else a little pissed at the crap Gisele said to her kids? “We have to LET someone else win sometimes.” What? They didn’t LET us win. We beat them. We EARNED it. 2nd. They aren’t SHARING with us. We TOOK it. I get what she wanted to say, but it was patronizing.— Donovan.morgan (@bigdwloz) February 5, 2018
Teaching moment? Sounds more like elitist fluff parenting. A better way would be to say we can’t always be at our best. Even when we play our hearts out we don’t always win. Reconnect with reality there, Gisele. https://t.co/cifRjCgqdo— Chris Woody (@cpwoody) February 5, 2018
Bundchen also had her fair share of supporters, who appreciated the model attempting to cheer her children up.
Gisele told her kids something that would make them feel better because they were upset. That's basic parenting when they are that young.— Chase The Dream (@_lunardreams) February 5, 2018
Yeah, it’s amazing that some think they are the elite of the parenting world. Tom & Gisele’s parenting is nobody’s business but theirs FFS.— She_RESISTS! (@Heidi_RESIST) February 2, 2018
The former Victoria's Secret Angel also shared an Instagram post after the game, congratulating the Eagles and praising her husband.
"Congratulations Eagles for winning the Super
Congratulations Eagles for winning the Super bowl, what a game that was! Congratulations Patriots for giving your best and to my love, we are incredibly proud of you because we are able to see every day all the commitment, sacrifice and hard work that you have devoted to become the best in what you do. We love you! ❤️ Parabéns Eagles por ganhar o Super bowl, que jogo! Parabéns Patriots por dar o seu melhor e meu amor, estamos incrivelmente orgulhosos de você porque vemos todos os dias o compromisso, o sacrifício e o trabalho árduo que você dedicou para se tornar o melhor no que você faz. Nós te amamos!
Photo Credit: Instagram / @gisele