'The end': Is it all over for Hollywood's golden couple Heidi and Seal after singer's cryptic Tweet
Their union was believed to be one of the strongest in showbusiness – reinforced by regular public declarations of love and an annual ceremony to renew their wedding vows.
But last night it was reported Heidi Klum’s seven-year marriage to British singer Seal is over – with the model preparing to file for divorce within days.
Is it over Heidi Klum and Seal are to file for divorce after six years of marriage, according to reports
German-born Heidi, 38, is expected to file papers at Los Angeles’ County Superior Court this week citing irreconcilable differences between the pair who married at Seal’s beachfront home in Mexico in 2005.
The reasons behind the sudden split remained unclear but a spokesman for the former Victoria’s Secret model yesterday said a statement was being prepared which would be released imminently.
A spokesman for Seal, 48 – real name Seal Henry Samuel – did not return calls but a cryptic message posted on the singer’s Twitter page on Friday 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.
All over Seal has left cryptic Twitter messages on his homepage
The split paves the way for a multi-million-pound divorce battle between the golden couple.
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.
Miss Klum, one of the world’s most in-demand models, is reported to have earned more than 12 million in the past year alone.
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.
Happy: The couple were last seen together on December 27, 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
Their neighbours include Hollywood actor Ben Affleck and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
A guard at the house said: ‘They’re not saying anything.’ Asked if the couple were inside the property, he replied: ‘I think so. I’ve seen him.’
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 last night.
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.
Going solo: Seal was seen arriving at LAX on Saturday, while Heidi was last seen at the Golden Globes yesterday,
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
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.
After marrying in 2005, Seal and Klum kept their promise to renew their vows every year on their anniversary with their close friends and family.
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
November 2006: She gives birth to their second son, Johan
October 2009: Their daughter Lou is born
September 2009: Seal officially adopts Leni
December 27, 2011: the couple are last seen together, as Heidi tweets a picture of her and Seal on holiday in Aspen, Colorado
January 15: Heidi attends the Golden Globes alone
Yesterday: Seal is seen arriving at LAX alone