The idea that a scandal over deflated footballs could ruin a marriage is mind-boggling, but according to E! Online, the Deflategate scandal almost cost Tom Brady his wife.

“They had a very rough few months and the Deflategate scandal took its toll on their marriage,” an insider tells E! News. “Tom was very difficult to be around and withdrawn. Gisele was supportive, but she also was frustrated with his stress level and anger. She felt like he was taking things out on her and not being fair.”

Tom under pressure wasn’t something Gisele liked being around and so she decided to give herself some distance. Says a friend, “Gisele took off several times with her sisters and friends to get away. There was the Paris trip in July for her birthday. It was a good break to have some space. It was much needed.”

According to reports, Ben Affleck’s nanny wearing Brady’s Super Bowl rings almost ended everything.

Our source claims the photo was hugely upsetting for Gisele: “Gisele became jealous and enraged. She had a very serious conversation with Tom and, honestly, I didn’t know if things were going to work out between them.

“She went to Brazil for a week and that scared Tom a little bit,” the insider added. “She also missed his birthday and the first few preseason games for the Patriots. She was definitely sending him a message that things had to change.”

The moral of the story is that deflated footballs aren’t more important than your model wife, and don’t allow scandalous nannies to wear your Super Bowl rings.

By Glenn Erby

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