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Heidi Klum and Seal file divorce papers
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Heidi Klum and Seal file divorce papers

Published: 07 Apr 2012 16:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Apr 2012 16:43 GMT+02:00

German supermodel Heidi Klum filed for divorced on Friday from her British singer husband Seal, two and a half months after the pair announced their separation, spokesmen for the pair said.

Klum cited "irreconcilable differences" in her divorce petition filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which shows that the pair signed a post-nuptial agreement, according to the TMZ celebrity news website.

The couple vowed to be "civil" for the sake of the children when they announced their split in January, with Seal saying it was "difficult" but made easier because of their continued feelings for each other.

Spokeswomen for both Klum and Seal confirmed to AFP that Klum had filed for divorce, but made no further comment.

In divorce papers published by TMZ, Klum asks for joint legal custody of their four children - two boys and two girls, aged 7, 6, 5 and 2 - but she wants primary physical custody, with Seal getting visitation rights.

The legal papers were made in Klum's married name Heidi Samuel - Seal is listed by his name Henry Samuel - and the German model is asking to restore her maiden name, Klum, which she had used professionally.

The couple married in 2005 and have three children together. Seal, best known for hits such as "Kiss from a Rose" and "Crazy," also adopted Klum's daughter from a previous relationship with ex Formula One boss Flavio Briatore.

They announced their split in a statement issued via Klum's German publicist, saying: "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate."

Seal echoed that in a television interview. Asked about a risk that their separation could turn nasty, he said: "We're just not those kind of people, we never really have been.

"Of course it's a difficult situation that we have to handle right now, and it's never easy, but you know, in terms of our love and respect for each other, that hasn't changed at all.

Klum, 38, and Seal, 49, were famous for renewing their vows every year on their wedding anniversary. But the model raised eyebrows when she attended the Golden Globes awards ceremony in January without her husband.

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Your comments about this article

17:06 April 7, 2012 by Prufrock2010
I don't know how I'll be able to sleep tonight in the wake of such tragic news.
17:09 April 7, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Heidi, my number is 017*******
23:49 April 7, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
23:51 April 7, 2012 by hanskarl
@Prufrock2010; Bwaaaahaaaahaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaa!!!!
14:27 April 8, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
This is news? Come on TL. Dig a little deeper for some proper news. Who gives a s### about these two prima dona's splitting up.
14:53 April 8, 2012 by n230099
"Seal, best known for hits such as..."Crazy,"

Odd, I can't picture him doing a Willi Nelson song.
02:57 April 9, 2012 by ron1amr
The thing is Klum wants primary physical custody of the children. This should not be the case. I think both parties should be in equal terms as far as care for the children are involved and this should be the case all around the world not just one party having full custody or primary physical custody. If Seal wins equal custody care of the children, this will be a world benchmark of things to come from such a prolific person. But I don't think there will ever be equal custody it is always more from one side right?
13:37 April 10, 2012 by TTGUSER
YAWN..........
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