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Heidi Klum and Seal Marriage Profile

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Heidi Klum and Seal in Los Angles, California on September 20, 2009.

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Heidi Klum and Seal's marriage appeared to be on solid ground, yet they separated in January 2012 and Heidi filed for divorce in April 2012. Here is information about how Seal and Heidi met, their wedding, marriage, separation, and more.

Fast Marriage Facts - Seal and Heidi:

Met: 2003.
Wedding Date: May 10, 2005.
Separated: January 2012.
Filed for Divorce: April 2012.
First Marriage: No. Heidi was previously married.

Did You Know?

Heidi and Seal always renewed their wedding vows on their wedding anniversary.

News Updates:

9/12/12: Heidi - "I mean, that is definitely very hard and hurtful and it's hard to go through a divorce. It's not something I wanted. I'm someone who believes in a fairy tale and when I said 'I do,' I meant forever. But I don't know, you never know what happens. Life changes ... I tried my hardest, he tried his hardest. I want to be friends with him, I want to be there for our children."
Source: Peter Gicas. "Heidi Klum Confirms Bodyguard Romance in Wake of Seal Split." EOnline.com. 9/12/2012.

Born:

Sealhenry Olumide Samuel aka Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel: February 19, 1963 in London, England.

Heidi: June 1, 1973 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.

How Heidi and Seal Met:

Seal and Heidi met in 2003.
Heidi: "I met him in a hotel lobby in New York City and he came in just from the gym and I was sitting there and I was, like, wow ... "
Source: Mike Fleeman. "Heidi Klum's Risque Story of Falling for Seal." People.com. 10/24/2007.

Seal's Marriage Proposal:

Seal proposed to Heidi on December 23, 2004 atop a 14,000-ft.-high natural glacier in the Canadian Rockies near Whistler.
Heidi: "[Seal] took me by helicopter. He had an igloo built there, and they'd brought up everything: a bed with sheets inside the igloo, rose petals everywhere, candles. Very, very romantic! There was food and champagne, and then the helicopter left. It was a little scary, too, because you're so cut off from the world. No trees, nothing –- it was hardcore. But I was ecstatic."
Source: Brian Orloff. "Heidi Klum: Seal Proposed in an Igloo." People.com 5/08/2008.

Wedding Date and Info:

Heidi and Seal were married on May 10, 2005 in Costa Carayes on the Pacific Gold Coast in Mexico. A nondenominational officiant performed their wedding ceremony. Heidi's wedding dress was designed by Vera Wang and was described as an "ivory chantilly lace gown with empire waist."
Source: Cesar G. Soriano. "Model and singer say 'I do'." USA Today. 5/12/2005. pg. 02D.

Their daughter Leni wore an identical gown. Seal wore a white suit. They had about 40+ guests at their reception Seal's home La Quebrada cliffside estate in Costa Careyes, Mexico. Seal wrote and sang a song at the ceremony.

The couple honeymooned in a luxury hotel in the Gold Coast resort of Manzanillo. More about Heidi and Seal's Wedding

Renewal of Marriage Vows:

Heidi and Seal renew their wedding vows each year on the beach of Costa Careyes, Mexico.
Heidi: "It's our time –- a lovely family time. It's about remembering this moment of love we gave to each other and reinforcing it."
Source: Ulrica Wihlborg. "Heidi Klum and Seal Renew Their Wedding Vows." People.com. 5/08/2010.

Seal: "Each year, Heidi and I get remarried. It's a great party, but for about an hour, we go off on our own down to a private beach. We sit there with the kids and read vows to each other as the sun sets. It's a very special moment to us."
Source: Ulrica Wihlborg. "Heidi Klum and Seal Renew Their Wedding Vows." People.com. 5/08/2010.

Children:

Heidi and Seal have four children.
  • Helene "Leni" Samuel: Born in 2004. Her father is Italian entrepreneur Flavio Briatore. Leni was adopted by Seal.
  • Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel: Born in 2005.
  • Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel: Born in 2006.
  • Lou Sulola Samuel: Born in 2009.

Occupations:

Seal: Singer, actor, songwriter, musician.

Heidi: Model, actress, producer, entrepreneur, TV host.

Residences:

Heidi and Seal have owned homes in
  • Beverly Hills, California
  • Westchester County, New York
  • Pacific Coast of Mexico

Separation and Divorce:

4/10/12: Seal filed documents with the court seeking joint physical custody of their children.

4/06/2012: Citing irreconcilable differences and noting that she and Seal have a Postnuptial Agreement, Heidi Klum filed for divorce in Los Angeles, California. Legal Documents

1/24/2012: Reports now state that the reasons for the split between Heidi Klum and Seal are due to his anger issues and jealousy of her success.

1/23/2012: Saying it is an "amicable process", the Seal and Heidi Klum issued a joint statement about their separation: "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."

Previous Marriages:

Heidi was previously married to hairstylist Ric Pipino from September 6, 1997 til the end of 2003. Their marriage ended in divorce.

Quotes About the Marriage of Heidi Klum and Seal:

Seal about a possible reconciliation: "You can never say never. I can't speak for my wife and I'm not going to sit here and BS you and say we haven't had problems ... What this [wedding band] means to me and what this stands for -- it stands for respect, it stands for loyalty, it stands for incredible memories and it stands for these four little miracles and Heidi making five that have come into my life over the past eight years."
Source: Alanah Eriksen. "'I don't know why we work ... we just do': Heidi Klum looks forward to renewing wedding vows to Seal in embarrassing interview before split." DailyMail.co.uk. 2/01/2012.

Seal about still wearing his wedding ring: "That is just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We had eight years -- eight wonderful years together -- and just because we have decided to separate doesn't necessarily mean that you take off your ring and you're no longer connected to that person. We will be connected in many ways 'til the rest of our lives ... Right now, it feels very comfortable on my hand and I'm not tempted to take it off anytime soon."
Source: "Seal Talks Separation From Heidi Klum, Children And Wedding Ring On 'Ellen.'" HuffingtonPost.com. 1/24/2012.

Heidi: "[Seal and I] make special moments into something big and noticeable for everyone in our family," Klum tells PEOPLE. "For birthdays, we handcraft special cards and gifts. We hang welcome signs when Dad comes home from long travels or when the tooth fairy comes at night. With a family of six, there is always something to make, create and do together."
Source: Dahvi Shira. "Heidi Klum and Seal Are Taking Their Love to TV." People.com. 6/04/2010.

Oliver Jones: Heidi and Seal's secrets to marriage: 1. Find Common Ground.
2. Seize The Moment.
3. Two Words: Commitment and Respect.
4. Embrace Both the Big and the Small Gesture.
5. Put Each Other First ... Even Before the Kids.
Source: Oliver Jones. "Between the Sheets." People.com. 11/19/2007.

Seal: "There [Germany] they call us the patchwork family, which I love. We bring so many cultures to one household."
Source: Merle Ginsberg. "A model life." Harper's Bazaar. May 2006. pg. 204.

Ken Lee: "The bond between Heidi Klum and husband Seal just got a little closer. On Friday, a Los Angeles commissioner approved Klum's legal name change to Heidi Samuel, her husband's surname."
Source: Ken Lee. "Heidi Klum Officially Takes Seal's Last Name." People.com. 11/20/2009.

Seal: "When I met my wife, my whole life changed on a dime, really quickly and for the better. Four years later we have three kids, and I think that's amazing --I almost can't remember what it was like before they were here."
Source: Bari Nan Cohen. "Man of the house Seal." Good Housekeeping. Jan 2009. pg. 54.

Heidi: "Sometimes I lie in bed and I'm like, 'Oh my god, there's Seal lying next to me. What's he doing there?' I get a smile on my face immediately. Our honeymoon period is definitely not over ... [We] have date nights. We go to dinner or to the movies. We like to keep it romantic. Some people wake up in the morning and turn over when they see their mate. That's not us."
Source: Brian Orloff. "Heidi Klum's 'Honeymoon Is Definitely Not Over.'" People.com. 11/18/2008.

Seal: "She packs for me with beautiful notes in my luggage that I discover. She's always doing sweet things. We try and do a date night once a week. And we have vacations where we leave the kids with grandma and grandpa and go off and do our thing."
Source: Michelle Tan. "Seal Dishes on Heidi's Love Letters." People.com. 11/19/08.

Seal: "Often with relationships, you forget what you were before you had kids, when you were the most important thing in each other's life. With us, we never lose sight of romance and having fun."
Source: Oliver Jones. "Between the Sheets." People.com 11/19/2007.

Seal: "It is ambitious to say that we wake up every morning and there are violins playing and angels singing. She may annoy me one day; I may annoy her. But at the end of the day, there is a line I will not cross, and there is a line that she will not cross. That line is formed out of a mutual, fundamental respect. I think that is something you have from day one or you don't."
Source: Oliver Jones. "Between the Sheets." People.com 11/19/2007.

Seal: "I have a very, very simple approach. "Heidi is No. 1 at all times, then it's the kids -— as strange as that may sound -— then it's health and career. I think that is the area where people get a little bit confused once kids come in and then the career takes over. But when we met, it was just her and I. Yes, there was a little one budding in her stomach, but it was just us two. And when the children are old and have their boyfriends and girlfriends, it will still be her and I."
Source: Oliver Jones. "Between the Sheets." People.com 11/19/2007.

Seal: "The most common hiccup is when the first child comes along. And it turns into all about the kids, which is understandable because they're miraculous. But then you've got to put each other first. You know, she will always be number one for me."
Source: Mike Fleeman. "Heidi Klum's Risque Story of Falling for Seal." People.com. 10/24/2007.

Heidi: "When we met, it was the right moment for both of us. We've known each other two and a half years, but we don't remember our lives before we met. We were both different people. Our lives began again when we met each other."
Source: Merle Ginsberg. "A model life: Heidi Klum & Seal." Harper's Bazaar. May 2006. pg. 204.

Heidi: "He [Seal] still opens doors for me, lets me walk ahead. It's not just some schtick he did in the first two weeks. My husband is very old-fashioned that way -- as hot as he is!"
Source: Merle Ginsberg. "A model life: Heidi Klum & Seal." Harper's Bazaar. May 2006. pg. 204.

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