“We’ve been together over two years; we’ve been living together. Heightened by the raging “Leo-mania” that followed *Titanic’*s popularity as the highest-grossing film of all time, the irresistible pairing of gorgeous supermodel and heartthrob superstar kept the gossip columns in overdrive throughout their five-year relationship, which was fraught with dramas that included an eight-month breakup, a reconciliation, and recurring reports of Gisele’s exasperation at Leo’s womanizing ways.My idea of that is you have a partner who’s got your back. Even the end of their romance, in 2005, failed to stem the flow of slavering updates: Leo still can’t believe Gisele dumped him because he refused to make a commitment! Leo wants his current girlfriend, Israeli model Bar Refaeli, on the cover of the swimsuit issue—just to irritate Gisele! At the end of 2006, she fell in love with Tom Brady—an event she describes as practically instantaneous.Crestfallen, the paparazzi press had to settle for an after-the-fact description of Gisele’s attire: “The bride, 28, donned a form-fitting ivory lace strapless gown with a trumpet skirt, scalloped edges, long train and a floor-length veil with attached handmade satin roses and attached satin headband, all by Dolce & Gabbana. I feel grateful because I have a lot of love in my life. I have a good man.”In the months leading up to the wedding, the tabloids buzzed excitedly with rumors of impending nuptials, claiming that Brady had proposed on a private jet on Christmas Eve or that he had gotten down on one knee with a diamond solitaire in mid-January—neither of which was true, according to Gisele, who says they were secretly engaged for considerably longer but she avoided wearing her ring in public because she didn’t want to draw any more attention to herself.Her three dogs also wore matching Dolce & Gabbana floral lace collars,” reported. “I already feel that way,” she told me a few days before the wedding. The fact that their stealth wedding remained dignified and discreet, and that the news didn’t leak until after it was over, represented a noteworthy victory over the celebrity media that have remained obsessed with Gisele’s every move since she became Leonardo Di Caprio’s girlfriend nine years ago.
You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough?The 16th-richest woman in the entertainment industry, she has been featured on more magazine covers than any other model and has appeared as the face of more than 20 brands internationally, with current contracts including Dior, Versace, Max Factor, Ebel watches, and the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance The One. On February 26, seven days after our cover was shot, she married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a private twilight ceremony at a Catholic church in Santa Monica that was followed by a small gathering at the couple’s home in Brentwood.Although the union had the iconic inevitability of typecasting, all-American-style—“the jock marries the prom queen,” as one Web site put it—the news surprised even their friends.“I’d always been in serious relationships, but you learn a lot about yourself when you’re by yourself, and I was enjoying that process. Love is something that grows, that comes from nourishment; it builds.But you don’t choose.”Not when it comes to a anyway. But there is a great feeling that happens, that is telling you, I don’t want to leave this room!