The couple share four children: Leni, Johan, Henry, and Lou. People shared the details, saying Heidi cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ and is seeking joint custody:
Klum is seeking joint legal custody, but primary physical custody of their four children – Leni, 7½, Henry, 6½, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2 – with visitation rights for Seal. The model is also requesting to have her maiden name restored. She legally changed it to Seal’s last name, Samuel, though professionally she continued to use Klum.
For the first time ever, supermodel Heidi Klum is opening up about her surprising split from Seal in the pages of Elle magazine.
“I feel like I’m in the eye of the tornado. It’s emotions inside of your body that are a tornado. And then the outside world doing all this craziness — with you wanting it or not wanting it — is another tornado,” says Klum, who shares four children and a $14.2 million Brentwood home with her ex. “But as hard as it is, so is life. And sometimes I think a curveball just comes at you. Instead of something straight that you catch, it hits you in the head from the side that you didn’t expect.”
While the world was surprised by the news, Heidi hints that everything is not always what it seems to be. ”To the outside world, you don’t really share all the things that happen. You kind of share just the most amazing sides,” she explains. “But I don’t really want to get into any of that stuff. With my life, my family, my business — I want to go forward.”
“I feel like already there are so many things being said about us — about him, about me. I’m not going to comment. Otherwise it makes you angry. You can’t always call and say, ‘This is not true, but this part is true.’”
And Klum makes sure to keep her kids her priority. ”I’m a lioness. I have four cubs. I’m a mom. I want to take care of my kids and protect them,” she says. “I don’t want to talk about them, or him, or me.”
The world was shocked to hear that Seal and Heidi Klum will be divorcing, but they may have been more shocked to see Seal still wearing his wedding band. What gives?
“I am still wearing my ring. I think it’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We have eight years. Eight wonderful years together,” Seal told host Ellen DeGeneres, 53. “Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean you take off your ring and you’re no longer connected to that person.”
“Will we wear the rings for the rest of our lives? Who knows?” he wondered. “But right now it feels really comfortable on my hand, so I have no intention of taking it off anytime soon.”
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