In a stunning turn of events, supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been spotted out and about with none other than Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. The pair were seen holding hands and sharing a laugh at trendy Chinese restaurant, Dumpling Town, in New York City, sparking rumors that Buterin was planning to Shanghai more than just the Ethereum chain.
According to sources close to Bundchen, the Brazilian beauty has been looking to move on from her marriage to NFL star Tom Brady, and is wanting for a change in her ‘type’. Buterin, with his lanky frame and fleeting hair, reportedly caught her eye when she was working as the spokesperson for cryptocurrency exchange FTX. (Prior to the meltdown and her losing immense amounts of brand identity and personal wealth.)
"I've always been drawn to intelligent, unconventional men," Bundchen reportedly told a source. "And when I met Vitalik, I knew there was something very special about him. He's not like anyone I've ever dated before, and that's really…different… for me."
Buterin, for his part, seemed flattered and a bit confused by the attention from the world-famous model, who is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world.
"It's nice to work with something more functional than the Ethereum chain," he joked in a statement, before adding, "But in all seriousness, Gisele is a fascinating person and I'm really enjoying getting to know her better. She even let me hug her yesterday after I sent her 5 ETH."
The news of Bundchen and Buterin's alleged romance has sent waves through the world of finance and celebrity gossip. Many fans of Bundchen's ex-husband, Tom Brady, have expressed shock and dismay at the news.
"I can't believe Gisele would go from Tom Brady to some guy who looks like he hasn't slept in a week," said one Twitter user. "What is she thinking?"
Others, however, have applauded Bundchen's decision to move on and explore new possibilities.
"I think it's great that Gisele is branching out and trying new things," said another Twitter user. "Especially after that sweatpants photo, oof, what is Vitalik hiding?"
As for Buterin, the attention from the media and fans has been something of a novelty for the normally reserved tech genius.
"I'm not used to this kind of attention," he told a reporter. "But it's nice to be seen as more than just an unregistered securities dealer."
Whether or not Bundchen and Buterin's relationship will last remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure: the combination of a supermodel and a tech entrepreneur is sure to turn heads and generate plenty of buzz for the time being.