Model Heidi Klum and her singer husband Seal (nee Henry Samuel) had what some in Hollywood might call the perfect relationship. Both are well endowed with the tools of their trade, at least enough to have a lucrative career in their own right. And after almost seven years of marriage (which they famously renewed annually) and four kids (including Klum’s daughter from a previous relationship, born after she began dating Seal), everyone thought that they might just go the distance. So when they publicly split earlier this year, everyone hoped that one of Hollywood’s hottest “it” couples would reconcile; the fact that Seal continued to wear his wedding ring was certainly a sign of encouragement. But it seems that all hope is gone. On April 6th supermodel and producer Klum officially filed for divorce in Los Angeles.
In true entertainment industry fashion, the reason cited for divorce is “irreconcilable differences”, a seeming standard when couples of some notoriety split. But anyone looking at their history in the limelight would have a hard time figuring out just what is behind the smokescreen. Publicly the couple was often together, promoting each other’s work functions or simply hitting up industry events. And their public displays of affection certainly didn’t seem faked. Of course, like most entertainment couples they also spent plenty of time apart while Klum worked on her hit show Project Runway or Seal cloistered himself in the studio to work on an album. But they found time to make three kids after their nuptials and they were often spotted together, happily beaming.
The divorce filing offers no further clues about their reasons for the legal split, either, although anyone with that many kids and a busy travel schedule can no doubt make some calculated guesses. But there doesn’t seem to be any animosity as of yet. The singer, for his part, has maintained his love and respect for his wife, stating that they will always share a connection through their children. Still, that may have been before he found out that his soon-to-be ex is seeking full custody of said kids. In her filing she asks for sole physical custody, leaving Seal only with visitation and joint legal custody. No word yet how the silky-voiced R&B artist is taking this latest blow.
As for the separation of assets, the couple apparently had no prenuptial agreement in place. But it seems that they entered into some kind of legal agreement after the fact, and so there is a document that lays out the provisions for the division of assets in case of a divorce. This should help to speed the legal proceedings, although if Seal decides to contest the divorce or the custody arrangement his wife is seeking it will almost certainly gum up the works. Either way the divorce is a sad ending to an otherwise fairytale romance, of which there are relatively few amongst the Hollywood elite. But anyone seeking divorce from Austin to Alaska, must go through the same trials, and so it seems unlikely that the couple would go this far unless they were really serious about calling it quits.