The ring leader of the “Let’s bring Kendall Jenner down a few pegs” clique, Gisele Bundchen, has a book to hawk. Called Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, I was surprised to learn that the book wasn’t just a steno pad where she wrote “Make millions, wear couture, and sleep with athletes – all meaningful!” Instead, Gisele’s path to a meaningful life was fraught with panic attacks, claustrophobia, and even considering a jump off her mom’s high-rise balcony. Luckily, she didn’t do that and quit the sauce before splitting from Leonardo DiCaprio.
Porter celebrated its fifth anniversary by having Gisele on their cover since she launched the magazine several years ago. They rehash how Gisele talked about having a surprisingly terrible time in her early twenties even though she seemed to have it all. She says she was enduring panic attacks, was afraid of everything, and even briefly contemplated suicide. She didn’t go through with it and just turned inward to find more purpose in life. Up until then, Gisele was surviving on Frappuccinos, cigarettes, and wine, which I was surprised to learn is not a healthy diet. A doctor suggested she take Xanax, but she turned to yoga and eliminating sugar, caffeine, and alcohol instead. She was dating Leo at the time, and she quickly learned dealing with him and the Pussy Posse sober is not an ideal situation:
“No longer numbing myself with smoking, drinking and too much work, I was becoming more and more aware of things that I’d chosen not to look at. Was I alone in wanting to do some serious soul-searching while he stayed the same? In the end, unfortunately, the answer was yes.”
Now, I’m not sure if tree-hugging, lecturing-GOOP-on-meat Leo would like to hear that Gisele thought she was the enlightened one in that relationship compared to him finding enlightenment only after the third Molly hits at Coachella. Well, that and the fact that she thought Tom Brady, the strawberry’s mortal enemy, has more depth than him!