One of them is arguably the third best soccer player in the world (although many people will say he should be ranked higher) the other is an up-and-coming actress who has earned a legion of fans in her native country and is looking to spread her wings and fly all the way to Hollywood. They were the couple of the year in Brazil for almost half a decade running. And through a lot of twists and turns, they did seem like the perfect couple for a stretch of time. However, all good things seem to come to an end rather harshly. When it comes to the relationship between Neymar and Bruna Marquezine, there were several ends and several reconciliations.
So, we could probably publish this article one week saying that the two of them have just broken up yet again, and you could be reading it the following week after reading a story on how they are back together and thinking of getting engaged. Seriously, we have no idea where this relationship will end, but it is entertaining for a lot of reasons. One of which is that Bruna is ridiculously beautiful. Even for a guy as talented and rich as Neymar, she seems like the kind of gal he had to put a lot of work in before being able to call her his girlfriend. While we could just show you some pictures and talk about how gorgeous she looks in them, we decided to dive a little deeper and tell you a bit about this beautiful actress and her relationship to the King of both Brazil and Paris.
15 Just Coincidence?
One of the most interesting facts about the relationship between Neymar and Bruna Marquezine is that there are a lot of parallels we can draw between their relationship and one old-school relationship that involved a Brazilian television celebrity and a fantastic soccer player.
At the height of his career, Pelé also dated a famous Brazilian TV star, a beautiful woman named Xuxa. She might not have the international fame Bruna got because of social media, but Xuxa was nothing less than a queen in Brazil. A curiosity about these two relationships is that Bruna actually got her start in acting because of Xuxa. Her first acting gigs came when she was not even in her teens, and she did commercials and videos alongside Pelé’s former girlfriend.
14 Early Start
We talked about how Bruna’s career started rather early by doing commercials with one of Brazil’s most famous television stars. Those commercials were filmed when she was still just a little kid. Her first participation in an actual TV show happened when she was only seven years old. The name of the show was Gente Inocente (Innocent People), and despite having the perfect name for a crime drama, it actually was a kids’ show. In it, the host usually had an actor, actress, or famous musician come to the show to interact with a bunch of kids. It was entertaining for the time, as they got to ask questions to some of the most famous people in the country. Bruna probably stood out from the other kids because her career skyrocketed after that.
13 Soap Operas
Brazil is sort of a different place when it comes to television content. We're not saying that it is better or worse than any other place, but you could say that the taste for television in Brazil leans more to the side of Mexico than to the side of the United States and Canada. What we mean by that is that Brazilians love soap operas. Just walk past any hair salon, and you will most likely hear a heated conversation about the current soap opera on television.
This is key to the story because Bruna is one of the people who made the most out of her soap opera appearances in order to attain the level fame she did in Brazil. Her first soap opera gig happened in 2003.
12 Her Last Name Is Fake
Well, the last name is not really fake, it is just not her actual last name. Like many people in the entertainment industry, Bruna is someone who decided to use a stage name for her career. Bruna Marquezine’s real name is Bruna Reis Maia. Still, her decision to use a stage name makes more sense than those of a lot of other actors. Many people just use stage names because they think they are cool or are scared that stalkers will find their real families. But in Bruna’s case, the decision to use the last name Marquezine was to honor her grandmother. Whether it was a good decision or not, it is for her to tell. The one thing we know for certain is that you will have a hard time walking into Brazilian territory and finding someone who has not heard the last name Marquezine.
11 She Is a Hollywood Talent
With the exception of Rodrigo Santoro, who is arguably the most successful Brazilian actor of all time, you seldom see people from the largest country in South America starring in Hollywood movies. Sure, occasionally you’ll get a classic celebrity cameo making appearances like Giselle Bundchen did a few times, and since we are talking about Bruna, the recent appearance Neymar made in the latest Triple X movie.
Well, it seems like this is about to change. In 2014, Bruna made her Hollywood debut as she starred in John Swetnam’s Breaking Through. Sure, the movie did not do so well as it only got $180,000 at the box offices, to go along with a 4.3 rating on IMDb. Still, when it comes to Hollywood, the key is getting your foot in the door.
10 Denied the Relationship
Guys like Neymar are treated almost like gods in Brazil. Imagine if everyone in the US loved and idolized Tom Brady, that is the closest comparison we could find for this guy. So you can easily imagine how every little detail about Neymar’s life is going to get massive attention from the media. And don’t even get us started on the rumors. There were rumors of this guy dating so many women that if all of them were true, he would have to be something other than human.
But since we are on the topic of rumors, that is how the relationship between him and Bruna started. The rumor started floating that they were seeing each other in 2012, although both of them vehemently denied the connection for quite a while.
Bruna is a soap opera actress, and that is just perfect because her relationship to Neymar has enough twists and turns for a good writer to put together a nice and long soap opera. You already know that they denied the rumors they were dating at first, but that all came to a close when someone caught Neymar during next year’s Carnaval festivities in Rio de Janeiro, where he seemed to be fed up with the rumors. So the soccer star simply came out and told the world that the two of them were dating. He didn’t say for how long, but if we were betting people, we would say they had been dating since the rumors started. That, however, was only the beginning. The vicious Brazilian media immediately began spreading rumors about a fight between the two right after he confirmed the relationship.
8 How That First Fight Played out
There is a lot of gossip involved here, but the story of the relationship between these two is so amazing that we pretty much had to tell you some of it. The first thing we need to get through our heads is that Neymar is so rich he doesn’t even know what to do with his money. That being said, when the end of the year holidays were approaching in 2013, the couple was traveling along the Brazilian coast with some of Neymar’s friends in his luxurious yacht.
The problem was that one of his friends, who is also a soccer player, supposedly invited a lot of women to the yacht. Bruna was obviously displeased, and the couple had a fight. So, what did Neymar allegedly do? He dropped her off and continued the trip. #Baller
7 There Were Other People
This relationship was full of twists and turns, and there were stretches of time in which Neymar and Bruna took breaks from each other. During those breaks, it was not strange to see one or both of them hanging out with other people. As a matter of fact, Neymar is notorious for his partying, and he is also very proud of it. This is a guy who came out and told the media he would keep partying and there was nothing anyone could or should say to stop him if he keeps delivering on the field like he does every week.
But while the soccer star goes out to parties, there was a stretch in 2014 when Bruna actually started dating another guy. He was a model named Marlon Teixeira, but the relationship didn’t last long, and they broke up in May of 2015.
6 A Gold Medal Heals It All
There are few things in the world that give you as much bragging rights as winning an Olympic medal. Becoming the first guy to do it for your country has to make it even more valuable. So you can imagine Neymar had a lot of negotiation power after he took Brazil to their first soccer Olympic gold medal in 2016.
During that time, he and Bruna had been apart for almost two years. She even dated that another guy in between. Nevertheless, it seems like the gold medal did the trick in bringing the two lovebirds back together. You will seldom see something as “romantic” as when he walked up to her after receiving his medal and giving her a big old hug. That was the second time they got back together.
If you look at Bruna’s filmography, you will probably be stunned to find out that she is still only 22 years old. Young or not, she is an experienced actress. After all, she has been in the business for almost one and a half decade. And yet, her career is not about volume at all. She is all about quality, and the number of awards she was nominated for and won should be enough proof for anyone who is willing to doubt that.
Her first awards came like an avalanche as she won four prizes in 2003 for her work in Mulheres Apaixonadas (Women in Love). Did you do the math yet? Yeah, she won four national awards in the soap opera category, which is the most heated in terms of competition, when she was just eight years old.
4 Instagram Star
There are people who are Instagram famous. There are people who have thousands of Instagram followers. There are people who have millions of Instagram followers. Then, you have the people who are at Bruna Marquezine’s level when it comes to the social media. The actress is second only to the singer Anitta when the subject is Instagram followers.
Anitta, who is becoming a worldwide sensation, has the astounding figure of more than 24.6 million followers on Instagram alone. Bruna, on the other hand, is a close second as she has roughly 23.8 million followers checking out her pictures every day. This is seriously some other level stuff. To put this in perspective, Gisele Bundchen, who is married to Tom Brady and is arguably the most famous model of all time, has 13.7 million followers.
3 The Moneymaker
Since we are talking about Instagram, we might as well take a jab at the topic of how much these celebrities earn for the posts they make advertising products and brands. This has literally become a business and one through which people earn a lot of money. For example, with more than 20 million followers on her account, Bruna Marquezine supposedly makes about $30,000 per post on her Instagram. That might not cover a day in Neymar’s wages, but it is still a lot of money for one social media post. Imagine if you got paid that much money for every selfie you took? Yeah, the world is not really a fair place, is it?
In perspective, Bruna doesn’t even earn that much. Supposedly, Kim Kardashian makes almost $500,000 per post. So unfair.
2 Dancing With The Stars
A beautiful woman who earns a lot of money, is a talented actress, and can also sing. What are we missing here? Oh yes, Bruna is also one hell of a dancer. The movie in which she made her Hollywood debut, Breaking Through was all about dancing. She was not the protagonist, but she played a big part in the movie. The plot entailed that the lead actress and her crew wanted to become famous by dancing on YouTube. To make a long story short, they were great dancers. But that was not the only time Bruna showed the world how good of a dancer she is.
You can often spot her every February dancing during Carnaval in Brazil, but her most famous dancing performances came when she was a finalist in the Brazilian version of Dancing with the Stars.
1 She Plans to Be More Than an Actress.
The woman is already one of the most famous actresses in her country, and she is also branching out to Hollywood and other international acting outlets. Still, that does not seem to be the end game for Bruna. She has actually been very vocal about her wish to go to film school and study to become a director.
Given how everything in her life has gone so far, we would be mad if we bet anything against her. From her start as a child actress to quickly rising to stardom in one of the most cutthroat industries in Brazil, to dealing with the pressure of dating a man who is treated like God in their country, Bruna is someone who jumped over every hurdle and cleared them easily. We are sure she is going to be one hell of a director someday.