Why Did Seal and Heidi Klum Divorce When They Seemed so in Love?

"People don't need to know who did what. I don't want to talk positive or negatively about the ups and downs that we had," Heidi said.

Melissa Willets - Author

May 20 2024, Published 10:34 a.m. ET

Heidi Klum and Seal attend the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party at the Pacific Design Center on Feb. 24, 2008 in West Hollywood
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Once upon a time, Heidi Klum and Seal were one of the seemingly happiest couples in Hollywood.

To this day, the singer clearly admires his model ex, having said after they announced their break up, "She still, in my opinion, is the most wonderful woman in the world." Even after they split, he admitted, "We still very much love each other."

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So then why did Seal and Heidi Klum, who share four children, divorce after seven years of marriage?

Here's what we know about what was behind the much-admired couple's decision to end their relationship.

Seal and Heidi Klum during 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
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So, why did Seal and Heidi Klum divorce?

If Seal loved Heidi so much, and even struggled to take his wedding ring off post-split, then why oh why did this gorgeous celebrity couple call it quits?

Well, here's what they said in a public statement in 2012 when news of their divorce went viral, "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate."

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The statement went on to say, “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."

“We thank our family, friends, and fans for their kind words of support. And for our children’s sake, we appreciate you respecting our privacy," the statement concluded.

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Was infidelity a factor in Seal and Heidi Klum's divorce?

Heidi, who has moved on with her third husband Tom Kaulitz, has not necessarily denied that cheating took place, but according to the mom of four, exactly what happened between her and Seal to end their marriage is none of our darn business!

As the Project Runway alum told Elle in 2012, "People don't need to know who did what. I don't want to talk positive or negatively about the ups and downs that we had. Every couple goes through things."

"Unfortunately, we're in the public, so the highs are out there," Heidi said. "But I don't think it's necessary for — especially for our children — to have the lows being printed in magazines and talked about."

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For his part, during an emotionally-charged period after their split, he made some eyebrow raising accusations about his ex cheating on him with her bodyguard, which she has denied, saying the relationships did not overlap.

"Whilst I didn't expect anything better from him [the bodyguard], I would of thought that Heidi would have shown a little more class and at least waited until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help, as it were," Seal shocking said.

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Today, Seal has nothing but good things to say about his family.

Years after his divorce from Heidi, Seal has seemingly moved on to focus on the best thing to come out of his relationship with the model: Their kids.

In February 2024, the "Kiss From a Rose" singer gushed on Instagram about his son Johan, "He’s the light of my life and one of the four best things I was ever fortunate to be a part of, (the other three being his siblings)."

In 2023, the proud papa shared a photo of himself with his oldest daughter Leni, including equally sweet sentiments about the aspiring model. "In New York with the young woman who changed my life for the better 19 years ago," Seal captioned the shot. "Thank you Leni for making me a better person."

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