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Klum and Seal split

The Local · 23 Jan 2012, 08:51

Published: 23 Jan 2012 08:51 GMT+01:00

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"While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate," the couple told US celebrity gossip magazine People.

"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," they added. "This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition."

Klum is one of Germany’s most successful media exports – she hosts two TV shows in the US: fashion reality TV show “Project Runway,” and the candid camera show “Seriously Funny Kids.”

In Germany, the 38-year-old's long-running audition show “Germany’s Next Model” is currently filming its seventh season.

The couple met in 2003, after Klum’s split with Formula One boss Flavio Briatore. She married the soul singer in 2005 after he proposed to her in an igloo on a 14,000-foot high glacier in Canada.

Klum and 48-year-old Seal have three children together, plus another daughter from Klum’s previous relationship, who Seal adopted.

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10:37 January 23, 2012 by zeddriver
Talk about being lazy. They say that they love each other, are happy, loyal, and have the deepest respect for one another. So the problem is? Growing apart! I have never known nor heard of a couple that were always 100% in lockstep with each other. All couples have a range of differences. The worst part is the fact that they don't seem to be willing to work a little harder for the benefit of their children.
11:41 January 23, 2012 by J-Dub
Klum is a prima donna beeotch. If you look in a dictionary where it reads arrogant, you'll see a picture of Heidi Klum there. Her arrogance is so bad that most of Hollywood really don't care for her that much. I really don't know how Seal dealt with her for so long. No man will put up with such an arrogant jerk like her for very long. In her own mind, she is the greatest. Why do you think Bruce Darnell was kicked out of Germany's Next Top Model as a judge?? Because he was getting too popular and Klum hated it that she was not getting ALL of the attention. She is an attention harlot and no one can be as popular as she is in her own brain.
11:58 January 23, 2012 by Gaffers
I sooooo love the judgemental comments. As if you have any idea of what is really going on in their lives. Maybe, just maybe they have been trying hard. Maybe the differences are not that they have grown apart but deeper but they don't want it dragged through the press for all the saddos to gloat over or maybe just to protect their children from adverse publicity. I doubt they came to this decision easily. So people, grow up and don't be so judgemental.
12:51 January 23, 2012 by zeddriver

If the couple would have kept their private life private. Instead of making a public pronouncement. Then you would be correct. But. When they made it public. It then becomes fair game.
13:22 January 23, 2012 by Gaffers
I would disagree. Being in the public eye they of course invite attention and publicity but even so they are entitled to elements of their private life remaining private (if only for the sake of the children involved). Making a public statement can be done to head off the rumour mill because they know how malicious people can be and start false rumours. I don't hold to the idea that EVERYTHING about their lives needs to be or should be known.

There are two things I find laughable. Firstly the fascination with celebrities (don't people have their own lives or are they so dull they need this glamour to fill a gap ?) and secondly how people make snap judgements without having the slightest clue as to the facts. Then again the facts just gets in the way of a good bit of juicy gossip.
13:39 January 23, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Only in Hollywood is a marriage that started on May, 2005, '7 years of happy marriage'.
14:21 January 23, 2012 by zeddriver

To be perfectly honest. I actually don't care one wit about celebrity gossip. I look at it from the following point of view. most of the ordinary folk who say that they love one another, are loyal, are happy, have deep respect for each other. And are only concerned with the well being of the children. Generaly would not be seeking a divorce over growing apart. The difference is they as celebrities have highly inflated ego's. And therefore mostly think of themselves and money above all else. And as they are both very wealthy have little monitory risk from a split. And so why put the effort into trying to grow together again "for the sake of the children" like most of the peasants outside of Hollywood.
15:11 January 23, 2012 by Johnne
Mmmmm...no comment.
15:12 January 23, 2012 by Gaffers
You actually raise a valid point. Is financial insecurity a reason why people stay together? Maybe more people would get divorced if they could afford to? I think the high divorce rates we see nowadays are not limited to Hollywood. I still doubt that growing apart is the real reason for this split but as I don't know I won't try and guess. I don't have the facts to judge them on....
16:45 January 23, 2012 by zeddriver

That sounds terrible. The way i would word it would be as follows. The rich celebrities are so used to getting everything their way. That when something so mundane as drifting apart happens. They just split up rather than work it out. I.E. when something is not perfect just throw it out and get a new one. For the rich and infamous. That applies to husbands and wives.
20:30 January 23, 2012 by supernova
I know a lot of German women who don't reveal it to their parents when they have African boyfriends. There's a lot of interference, unwillingness and negative influence from German side to make sure such marriages or relationships don't last. Same damn Nazi mentality and it's indirect influence. That's y as a successful person I do not let German women get too serious with me cuz I know it just doesn't work with these complicated species.
21:33 January 23, 2012 by showtyd75
Married Stylist Ric Pipino 1997 and divorced 2002.

Dated Flavio Bariatore for one year and had a kid(Leni).

Married Seal May 10,2005 and divorced Jan 22,2012 with 3 kids.

She is not a seroius woman and l dont blame her.That is GERMAN WOMEN TRADITION
06:56 January 24, 2012 by Dennis Bridwell
She is beautiful and he is as ugly as a baboon. What is the fascination with these heathens?
11:47 January 24, 2012 by Wrench
I realllllly don't care!!!!!
23:08 January 24, 2012 by trevzns
She is beautiful....by who's standard? She is made up, Sonnenstudio, Tanning Salon, simple and plain. And he is stupid, she dumped him.

Why does he have to explain or justify the end to their relationship? She got what she wanted.

I also understand his situation, he depends on the other beautiful people for his career. And I say to him, go to Africa..... beauty is natural.
06:28 January 25, 2012 by lewis69
@ Tanskalainen

suicide is never the anwser be strong
12:29 January 25, 2012 by zeddriver

I do believe Tanskalainen was displaying a bit of sarcastic dark humor.
13:16 January 25, 2012 by ValP
@ zeddriver

I am pretty sure lewis 69 was kidding as well
15:29 January 25, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Isn't the story about how these two people met and were drawn together based upon the profound Heidi Klum seeing this man in tight bicycle shorts and therefore finding him automatically more attractive based upon the specific physical standards she prefers in a man??

With such a stellar beginning as that it's amazes me that these two didn't make it to their golden wedding anniversary.
13:42 January 26, 2012 by septiSeverus
@ supernova

They are not a complicated species, rather a very simple species.

Western aesthetics - I perceive.
18:44 January 27, 2012 by sinzig
What did she see in the black. He is ugly!!!!! Maybe it's his size. Probably small like most blacks.
01:26 January 28, 2012 by McNair Kaserne
When I was stationed in Germany, there were always these foolish blond German girls who were rebelling against their parents or whatever by dating the black G.I.'s, too stupid to know they were regarded as trophies by these guys. Got pregnant, calling the barracks asking for him, "when will he be back from the field?" only to find out he went back to the states last week....or worse still, marry him and go back to the states to be an attractive white girl living in the ghetto with every other resident of it trying to father her next bi-racial child.

When you see trouble, you walk away from it, not towards it. Smooth-talking trouble you run from. While there are white women who have successful relationships with men of African heritage, the number is exceedingly small compared to the number of broken lives, and fatherless children who must bear the consequences of their mothers decisions. It's just not a good idea.

Klum may be insanely beautiful. but she's also terminally stupid. I'd rather have a girl of average looks but a head on her shoulders than some high maintenance brainless beauty like her.
21:02 January 28, 2012 by ECSNatale
How silly you all sound giving opinions on something you know nothing about. They should call this section "assumptions" rather than comments... or better yet, based on McNair's scribblings "racist rants"
03:28 January 30, 2012 by nolibs
@McNair Kaserne - You hit the nail on the head (which probably means your comment will be deleted). Most Germans can't possibly fathom the type of environment American Blacks come from. The poverty, crime and violence is too much to believe, but they find out quickly if they are unfortunate enough to move back to the USA with their new husbands.

Most of the successful partnerships I've seen end up with the Black guy staying in Germany...frankly a smart move.
05:36 January 30, 2012 by heyheyhey

I would wager that you are simply a jealous trucking business owner who would wet his pants at the idea of having this woman in his house.

You are too transparent for words.
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