The Truth About Tara Reid And Tom Brady's Relationship

There are certain past celebrity couples no one will ever forget: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake – two '90s pop stars who wore denim-on-denim impeccably; Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, who really took the phrase "whirlwind romance" to new heights; and Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, whose breakup after ten on-and-off years shattered hearts everywhere. But there are other lesser-known pairs who may make your jaw drop, including actress Tara Reid and NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

OK, so to be clear, the Sharknado star and the polarizing football pro were not an official couple, but rumor has it they hooked up and maybe even briefly dated. While that tidbit of trivia may be hard to believe, one half of the twosome actually confirmed that something happened between them. Keep reading to find out the truth about Reid and Brady's supposed fling — or at least everything we know about it thus far.

Tara Reid pulled a kiss-and-tell

Tara Reid made headlines when she admitted she locked lips with a certain NFL star. While appearing on the Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O in March 2014, the American Pie star played a game called "60 Seconds of Kiss," where she had to say whether or not she'd kissed a range of famous men, per the New York Daily News. When Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was mentioned, Reid said, "Have kissed." She even added, "He's pretty good looking."

That complimentary comment marked a change of tone from a previous report. In February 2008, Perez Hilton claimed an eye-witness attended a Super Bowl party in Italy with Reid, who told the fellow guest, "F**k Tom Brady ... I hope the Giants win." Granted, there's no confirmation that's actually true. It's also worth noting that the Patriots were playing the New York Giants that year, so maybe Reid, who's originally from New Jersey, was just staying loyal to her tri-state area roots.

Things may have ended because Tom Brady was 'kind of boring'

It was American Pie alum Tara Reid who apparently initiated things with Tom Brady. According to an April 2002 article from the now-defunct CosmoGirl (via People), Reid had her eyes on the athlete post-split from ex-fiancé Carson Daly. That gossipy nugget asserted that Reid was "ready to move on and has asked her agent to introduce her to the hunky New England Patriots quarterback (and Super Bowl MVP) Tom Brady."

Later that fall, rumors surfaced that Reid and Brady had dated for about a month, according to the Daily Mail. What did that whole dating thing look like? The Boston Herald spilled some tea: Reid supposedly attended a game at Gillette Stadium in fall 2002 and sat with Brady's sister and best friend. Post-game, they reportedly celebrated together, and later that week, they were spotted out and about at two restaurants. Some insiders reportedly claimed Brady and Reid were "just friends," but the Boston Herald said Tara and Tom were also spotted kissing at a club. 

Why did this alleged fling run out of steam? One source had this to say about one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time: "He's kind of boring."

Tom Brady & Tara Reid have more than moved on

Regardless of what exactly went down between Tara Reid and Tom Brady, it's clear they've both moved on. You don't even have to be a huge football fan to know that the New England Patriot got married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen in 2009. They've got two children together: Benjamin and Vivian. Brady also has a son, John Edward, from his previous relationship with model Bridget Moynahan.

As for Reid, she's been linked to entrepreneur Michael Axtmann and musician Erez Eisen over the years, but in September 2019, she made things Instagram official with her music producer boyfriend Nathan Montpetit-Howar. "Having the most amazing time with my man in Cabo," the posted on the 'gram.

So, sure, Brady and Reid have both left the past in the past, but this sizzling slice of gossip still qualifies as one of the most unexpected celebrity hookups in history.

Tara Reid says relationship with Tom Brady was not serious and just fun

While Tara Reid's fling with Super Bowl champion Tom Brady was brief, the "American Pie" star still holds fond memories of their time together. "We'd just see each other on and off. It was nothing serious, but it was fun," she revealed in an interview with Bustle. "We'd go to beer places and have fun and dance. He was cool." Reid also commented on how Brady has changed since their short fling. "He was cool. He's all skinny now. He's so serious. He used to laugh," she continued. "When I watch his interviews, he's so cocky now". While her relationship with Brady didn't last, Reid went on to date an array of eligible bachelors, like Carson Daly and Devon Sawa. The "Sharknado" star has been dating club promoter Nathan Montpetit-Howar since 2019, per Page Six.

In regards to Brady, the former NFL star has been thrust back into the dating pond after he and his wife of 13 years, Gisele Bündchen, filed for divorce in October 2022, per Vanity Fair. "We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together," he wrote on his Instagram Story, via Sports Illustrated. Since that fateful day, Brady has been linked to supermodel Irina Shayk, which reportedly started in July 2023, per Us Weekly. "Tom and Irina have hung out a few times over the past several months," a source revealed to the publication in December 2023.