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Hollywood Couple, Heidi Klum and Seal, have decided to go their separate ways and end their marriage of seven years reports the Daily Mail.
“While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal, and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching, we have decided to separate,” the pair stated. “We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart.
This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition.” Eonline confirms that the pair met in a hotel lobby in 2004 while Klum was pregnant with daughter Leni from her previous relationship with Flavio Briatore.
Despite the pregnancy, Klum and Seal began to seriously date. Seal was by her side during the birth of Leni and even dedicated his following album to her, citing Leni as his daughter.
They married approximately a year later on May 10, 2005, in front of a crowd of forty people in Mexico. Klum was then expecting her first child with Seal. Since then, the couple has renewed their vows every year on their wedding day, each year creating something new and different to express their feelings for each other.
Together, they have had three children, Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel, Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel, and Lou Sulola Samuel. In 2009, Seal legally adopted Leni, changing her full name to Leni Samuel.
The couple has stated the reason for divorce to be ‘irreconcilable differences’. However, according to the celebrity website TMZ, while the split seems to be amicable, rumors involving Seal’s temper and wild partying have also surfaced to be a reason for the divorce. When the couple vacationed in Ibiza this past August, the beginnings of rumors surrounding Seals partying and the couple’s problems began to circulate in tabloids.
Despite these rumors, since the couple announced their split, they have not recognized any of them to be true. Klum has remained in silence since announcing the divorce. However, Seal broke his silence by appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ television show on January 24, 2012.
“I think we were shocked,” he admitted to DeGeneres, sharing the public’s sadness. “Because you go into these things with the greatest intentions. When you say, ‘I do,’ when you say, ”Til death do us part,’ those vows hold value. They’re not just words. But these things happen.”
Seal also stated that the couple wishes to go through this process with as much dignity and respect as possible, while keeping their children their number one priority throughout.
“… The thing that I’m most proud about about this great woman who I married, and I really do mean that from the bottom of my heart, is that together, she has given me four incredible gifts, four beautiful children, and she’s still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world.”
He also mentioned on the DeGeneres show that he would continue to wear his wedding ring for some time, even after the divorce became final. “Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean that you take off your ring, and you’re no longer connected to that person,” Seal said. “We will be connected in many ways till the rest of our lives.”