Heidi Klum and Seal divorce: Couple confirm end of 7-year marriage


'We have grown apart': Heidi Klum and Seal confirm the end of their seven-year marriage

Heidi Klum and Seal have confirmed the end of their seven-year marriage in a joint statement.

Reports emerged on Saturday that the pair were to divorce amid claims the supermodel was fed up with her husband's 'hard partying'.

However, in an official statement this morning, the couple blamed their split on 'growing apart'.

It's all over: Heidi Klum and Seal have confirmed the end of their six-year marriage with a joint statement saying they have 'grown apart'

It's all over: Heidi Klum and Seal have confirmed the end of their six-year marriage with a joint statement saying they have 'grown apart'

The statement read: 'While we have enjoyed seven
very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much
soul-searching we have decided to separate.

'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.'

All over Seal has left cryptic Twitter messages on his homepage

All over Seal has left cryptic Twitter messages on his homepage

After marrying at
Seal’s beachfront home in Mexico in 2005, Seal and Klum
kept their promise to renew their vows every year on their anniversary
with their close friends and family.

They
have three children together – Henry, six, Johan, five, and Lou, two –
as well as Miss Klum’s daughter Leni, seven, from a previous
relationship with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

THE FULL STATEMENT

'While we have enjoyed seven
very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much
soul-searching we have decided to separate.

'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.'

And the tension in their relationship is believed to have
started when the pair holidayed with their three children in Ibiza in August.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: 'They
were always the couple everybody strived to be but lately it all
started to change. Seal seems to have been partying a lot more often
than usual.

'When they had their holiday in Ibiza
last summer, Seal hit it hard, was out at clubs and with his friends a
lot and Heidi was left with their kids trying to enjoy herself. The
cracks were appearing and everybody was talking during that trip. He
seemed off the rails.'

The insider added: 'They've spent a lot of time apart too on work assignments and that hasn't helped matters.

'Then when Seal came back to the UK to
do promotional work for his next album, he seemed sleepy and not with
it on shows like Loose Women, when he was very late for his appearance.'

And a source told The Sun today: 'The marriage ended months ago in reality. They rarely saw each other and it wouldn't be unusual for them to go months without spending any real quality time together. Ships that pass in the night would be an overstatement.'

German-born Heidi, 38, is reportedly
expected to file papers at Los Angeles’ County Superior Court this week
citing 'irreconcilable differences'.

Happy: The couple were last seen together on December 27, with Heidi tweeting this picture of them on holiday in Aspen, Colorado

Happy: The couple were last seen together on December 26, with Heidi tweeting this picture of them on holiday in Aspen, Colorado

Happy families: The couple have four children, Leni, seven, Henry, six, Johan, five and Lou, two

Happy families: The couple have four children, Leni, seven, Henry, six, Johan, five and Lou, two

Seal, 48 – real name Seal Henry Samuel – left a cryptic message posted on his Twitter page on
Friday that read: ‘The End.’

The
message was attached to a picture that appeared to show the star’s
forearm bearing an imprint of a set of wings – a possible reference to
Miss Klum’s role as a Victoria’s Secret winged ‘Angel’ model.

The split paves the way for a multi-million-pound divorce battle between the golden couple.

Heidi, one of the world’s most in-demand models, is reported to have earned more than 12 million in the past year alone.

Seal arriving at LAX yesterday

Going solo: Heidi Klum attended the Golden Globes alone on Sunday

Going solo: Seal was seen arriving at LAX on Friday, while Heidi was last seen at the Golden Globes on January 15,
which she attended alone

So in love: The couple are known for renewing their vows in lavish ceremonies - seen doing so in Malibu in 2009

So in love: The couple are known for renewing their vows in lavish ceremonies – seen doing so in Malibu in 2009

Seal,
who is best known for his Kiss From A Rose single, has sold more than
20 million albums and won three Brit Awards and three Grammys in a
career spanning 20 years.

The
couple own a home in Mexico and an 8.4 million mansion in Los Angeles.
Yesterday there was no sign of them at the LA house, which is set in an
exclusive gated community in Mandeville Canyon, in the Hollywood Hills.

Their neighbours include Hollywood actor Ben Affleck and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

On
Wednesday, Seal was in London to pre-record a performance of his new
single Backstabbers for Jonathan Ross’s ITV chat show, which was
broadcast on Saturday night.

Staying professional: Seal was in London last week to pre-record his performance on Jonathan Ross' show, which was broadcast on Saturday night

Staying professional: Seal was in London last week to pre-record his performance on Jonathan Ross' show, which was broadcast on Saturday night

Day job: Heidi has been known in recent years for presenting fashion-based reality show Project Runway

Day job: Heidi has been known in recent years for presenting fashion-based reality show Project Runway

Meanwhile, Miss Klum was alone as she attended the Golden Globes awards in Hollywood last Sunday.

News of the split comes just weeks after the couple posed, apparently happily, for a photo on a skiing holiday in Colorado.

On
December 26 Miss Klum posted a picture on Twitter of the couple on the
slopes in Aspen with the caption, ‘Sun and Snow and @Seal’. Miss Klum
divorced her first husband, stylist Ric Pipino after five years together
in 2002 and met Seal a year later in 2003.

At the time she had just split from Formula 1 billionaire Briatore.

THROUGH THE YEARS – HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL'S RELATIONSHIP

2004: The couple meet while Heidi is pregnant with daughter Leni from a relationship with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore

May 2004: Heidi gives birth with Seal at her side

December 2004: Seal proposes in an igloo he had built on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia

May 2005: The couple marry in a beach ceremony in Mexico

September 2005: Heidi gives birth to the couple's first son, Henry

May 2006: The couple start a tradition of renewing their marriage vows every year

November 2006: Heidi gives birth to their second son, Johan

October 2009: Their daughter Lou is born

September 2009: Seal officially adopts Leni

August 2011: The couple holiday in Ibiza, with reports emerging just this week that tension started during the trip because of Seal's 'hard parting'

December 26, 2011: The couple are last seen together, as Heidi tweets a picture of her and Seal on holiday in Aspen, Colorado

January 15th: Heidi attends the Golden Globes alone

Friday 20th January: Seal is seen arriving at LAX alone after a week in London promoting his new album

Saturday 21st January: Reports emerge the couple are to divorce

Today, Monday 23rd January: Heidi and Seal confirm they are separating, saying in a joint statement they have 'grown apart'

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