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Gisele Bündchen’s insider denies she’s dating Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente, insists he’s a family friend after they were spotted in Costa Rica

Gisele Bündchen’s rumored romance with Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor, Joaquim Valente has been rubbished by a close friend after her divorce from her former husband Tom Brady.


The 42-year-old Brazilian fashion model and the handsome martial arts teacher were spotted out together on Saturday evening at Koji in Provincia de Puntarenas alongside her two children – Benjamin, 12, and Vivian, nine – which quickly sparked romance rumors between the pair.


Now, an insider close to the fashion star has disclosed that they are just friends.


The source close to Gisele furiously denied that they’re in a relationship, insisting that the date was anything but romantic – and noting that Joaquim is nothing more than a close family friend who has served as her kids’ jiu-jitsu instructor ‘for years.’


‘He’s been her kids jiu-jitsu teacher for years,’ the insider revealed. ‘There’s no truth to the rumors that they’re dating.’ 


The outing came just two weeks after she announced her divorce from her ex-husband, Tom Brady.


Tom and Gisele confirmed that they were divorcing after 13 years of marriage on October 28. 


In a statement posted to Instagram, the athlete called his and Gisele’s decision to end their relationship ‘painful,’ but vowed to put their kids first so that they ‘receive the love and attention they deserve.’


‘In recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage,’ he wrote. ‘We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. 


‘We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. 


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We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.


‘We arrived at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration. Doing so is, of course, painful and difficult like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world.


‘However, we wish only the best for each other as we pursue whatever new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written.’ 


Gisele added in a post of her own: ‘My priority has always been and will continue to be our children whom I love with all my heart.


‘We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care, and attention they greatly deserve. 


‘The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have grown apart. It is, of course, difficult to go through something like this.’


The supermodel concluded by stating that she ‘wished’ her ex ‘the best,’ and said she was ‘blessed’ for the ‘time they had together.’

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