Tom Brady has spent the past few months secretly preparing for a whole new life in Miami.
The NFL champ, 45, announced his retirement early Wednesday, a year after he declared his first bid at walking away from football.
And sources told Page Six that, following his high-profile divorce from Gisele Bündchen, Brady has rented a sprawling apartment — for a reported $70,000 a month — in the exclusive Surfside area, and is hanging out with local pals including David Beckham.
The Buccaneers quarterback tweeted an emotional video of himself on the beach, simply saying that this time retirement would be “for good.”
Now he is embarking on a new solo life without football or Bündchen, 42. Sources said his main focus will be co-parenting his children with the model — Benjamin, 13, and Vivienne, 10 — as well as his son Jack, 15, with actress Bridget Moynahan.
“Brady gave everything he had to his final NFL season, but now he’s ready to give everything to his family and his new life,” a source told Page Six. “His kids ultimately were the reason why he made this decision.
“He never thought that he and Gisele would get divorced. He didn’t want a divorce.”
But single ladies, don’t get your hopes up just yet.
“No, he isn’t formally dating anyone right now. His friends want to set him up, but he’s all about the kids,” said an insider.
Although Miami Beach neighbors may see him on the school run, Brady’s days will still be busy as he prepares to make the move from NFL GOAT to the most captivating person in sports television.
He has a 10-year, $375 million contract with Fox Sports to be the network’s No. 1 game analyst next to Kevin Burkhardt.
Multiple sources told Page Six that Brady has been living in a $70,000-plus a month rental near the still under-construction home that he bought with Bündchen on the “billionaire’s bunker” island of Indian Creek, which is just off Surfside.
Before their divorce last October, the couple had planned to build an eco-conscious estate, and it is believed that Brady is keeping the home as part of their iron-clad pre-nup.
“Tom hopes his house on Indian Creek will be finished within six to eight months, if things go to plan,” the source said. “Until then, he is renting. It offers him the privacy he needs, and all the luxury he is used to. Plus it is great for the kids.
“Most importantly, the area is a great base for him to be able to co-parent his kids with Gisele, as she is settling down nearby also.”
Bündchen recently bought another mansion on the island, just across the creek from her ex.
Brady’s close pal, local businessman Jeff Soffer, lives next door. “Brady has been spending a lot of time with Soffer, who is extremely well connected in Miami and the business world and has been advising Tom,” a second source said.
Page Six recently reported that Tom and Gisele had been spotted touring private schools in Miami for Vivienne and Benjamin – albeit separately.
“Gisele has had their kids homeschooled up until now, so it would be a huge deal for the family for their kids to go to a Miami school,” the second source said. “It shows they definitely intend to set down their roots in Miami.”
And co-parenting seems to be going amicably.
On Wednesday, Bündchen commented on Brady’s retirement post — which included photos of her and their children — saying: “Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life.”
Not everything is smooth sailing for Brady — who has an estimated net worth of $333 million — however. He’ll be struggling to disentangle his budding business empire from troubled crypto ventures including the doomed FTX exchange.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion is embroiled in legal drama after serving as a key early booster and brand ambassador for FTX, whose disgraced founder Sam Bankman-Fried is accused of bilking customers out of billions.
Brady and Bündchen were among a group of celebrity FTX endorsers named in a class-action lawsuit last November. The suit alleges that FTX used Brady and other famous backers to lure unsuspecting investors into what was effectively a Ponzi scheme.
Last month, court filings revealed that Brady held more than 1.1 million common shares of FTX at the time of its bankruptcy, while Bündchen has more than 686,000 common shares. Forbes estimated that Brady’s stake in the company was worth $45 million before FTX’s collapse rendered it worthless.
In December, longtime New England Patriots fan Michael Livieratos sued Brady, alleging that the player’s FTX endorsement led him to dump nearly his entire life savings into the now-bankrupt platform.
During his 23-year NFL career with the New England Patriots and most recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady earned more than $332 million in salary and bonuses, according to Spotrac. He also has his own fitness and lifestyle brand, TB12, as well as a bevy of endorsements for brands including Subway, Hertz and Under Armour.
Hours before announcing his retirement, he appeared on the red carpet alongside actresses Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field for the premiere of their new comedy “80 For Brady.” Out Friday, the movie is about the quartet of best friends taking a trip to see Brady, their hero, play in the 2017 Super Bowl.
He appears in the film himself. Field said Brady was “so nervous” on set, but also a natural actor.
The movie is produced by 199 Productions, a firm that Brady founded.
And he may still have athletics in his future.
The proud dad and Vivienne were spotted this week hanging out with British soccer star Beckham and his daughter, Harper, 11, at a Miami restaurant. Beckham owns part of the MLS soccer team Inter Miami.
“Tom and David have become good friends,” the second source said, “and David has been talking to Tom about possible team ownership in the future.”
Additional reporting by Thomas Barrabi