Tom Brady is game to answer just about any question.
So, when E! News caught up with the 39-year-old New England Patriots quarterback earlier today (as he was promoting UGG's Do Nothing campaign during New York Fashion Week), Brady fielded questions about everything from his marriage to model Gisele Bundchen to much talked-about haircut.
Brady spent the summer traveling with his family, which includes sons Jack, 9, and Benjamin, 6, and daughter Vivian, 3—not to mention their dogs. "I feel like people are always coming to see us, especially when I'm in Boston for really seven months of the year," said Brady, who recently visited his parents in California. "My wife travels to Brazil a lot. We spend a lot of time in Costa Rica. By the time summer's over, it's nice to get back to Boston and quit living out of suitcase, especially when you have kids—because the packing and unpacking gets to just be so much."
The athlete will be eligible to play football again Oct. 9, when the Patriots take on the Cleveland Browns. In the meantime, he's focusing on training—and basking in his kids' mini-milestones. "I've had time to bring them to school and pick them up from school, put them to bed and read books," Brady said. "Everyone says, 'It goes so fast! It goes so fast!' And it does go so fast, and you enjoy these different moments that they have, because, you know—it's only once that they get a chance to have their first day of school. To pick them up on their first day of school is so fun. Those are memories I'll have for the rest of my life, and hopefully they'll have them, too."
Brady loves being a father, though he's unsure whether he and Bündchen will have more kids. "It's usually up to your wife, isn't it? It's kind of up to [her]," he said. "I never rule anything out."
For now, he's got his hands full with Jack, Benjamin and Vivian. "I let my daughter do basically anything she wants, which is a little bit of a problem in the house," he admitted. "The boys I'm definitely tougher on, but it's so hard with a little 3-year-old girl who just look at you and smiles and she knows exactly what to say to get her dad to do exactly what she wants." Though they sometimes squabble, as siblings do, he said, "They're so sweet. They're just the sweetest kids."
Given their demanding schedules, it's important that Brady and Bündchen take time out for themselves, too. The football player will often take his wife to a place "where there's not too much going on, so you can just focus on each other and you and you can focus on catching up, wherever that might be." Where might the A-list couple go out? "If we're close to the water, the beach is always great," he said. "But a lot of the times it could be at home, in the backyard."
Keeping the spark alive takes hard work. "It's always evolving in relationships. Everyone who's been married or been together for long periods of time, you grow and you find different ways to grow together. And I think it's just always being conscious of what both people are looking for in a relationship, and fulfilling each other's needs and supporting each other, and growing and loving each other in different ways. I think those things always evolve and change over time," Brady said. "Going on that journey together is an exciting part of life. You get to love people in different ways as you go through life. It changes when you're 25 and 35 and 45. I see my parents now, who are great role models—they're in their 70s. It's a very cool thing to see."
Speaking of Bündchen, what does the world famous Brazilian beauty think of her husband's headline-making hairstyles? "She's never really said much about that. She's never had too strong opinions one way or another," the athlete admitted to E! News. "She likes it whatever it is." Brady doesn't understand why his makeovers make headlines from "time to time," saying, "There are a lot of things that get covered these days that sometimes I shake my head at."
"A lot of men don't change their hair very much. A lot of men just do one thing and that's what it is. And I've always felt like you can always cut your hair off. Who cares? Try different styles or whatever," the football player said. "Women get to do a lot of different things with their hair. Men, you can do a lot of different things. And a lot of different guys have different styles, too."
As for his current hairstyle, Brady said it came down to a matter of "convenience" rather than vanity. "It's so easy when it's short, so that's how I like it," he told E! News. "It's just easy because you don't have to do anything. You just wake up and you don't have to think much."