Heidi Klum files for divorce from Seal after split announcement
Heidi Klum has filed for divorce from singer Seal, more than two months after announcing that they had decided to end their almost 7-year marriage.
Klum, 38, had the documents filed at a Los Angeles court on Friday, April 6, and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, OnTheRedCarpet.com has confirmed. The German supermodel and "Project Runway" host is seeking joint legal custody and primary physical custody of their four children, with visitation rights for Seal, whose real name is Henry Samuels.
She and the 49-year-old British "Kiss From A Rose" singer share two - Henry, 6, and Johan, 5, and daughters Lou, 2, and 7-year-old Leni, whose father is Klum's ex-boyfriend Flavio Briatore. The supermodel and Seal began a relationship in 2004, when she was still pregnant with her daughter and the singer later adopted the child.
All four children have his last name and Klum also changed her legal name to Heidi Samuel after she wed Seal on May 10, 2005. In her divorce petition, she states that she wants her maiden name restored.
Klum was previously married to stylist Ric Pipino. They have no children together. Klum and Seal announced their breakup on January 22. Klum states in her divorce petition that they separated officially on January 19.
When asked about the split, the supermodel told ELLE magazine weeks ago: "People don't need to know who did what. I don't want to talk positively 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."
Seal talked about the dissolution of their marriage while promoting his most recent album "Soul 2."
During an appearance on "The Elle DeGeneres Show" in January, the singer said, "I think we made it clear in the release statement. You just grow apart after a while."
"I mean, you try and you work through it and the thing that you quickly realize as ... when you are married and you are a parent, is that you do the best that you can," he added. "It makes you actually appreciate your parents a lot more."
Klum and Seal had renewed their wedding vows every year prior to their split.They were also known for their elaborate Halloween costumes and parties. Check out photos of the Klum's Halloween costumes from the past five years.