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Seal Opens Up About Heidi Klum Divorce on 'Ellen'

Seal Opens Up About Heidi Klum Divorce on 'Ellen'

Seal waves hello to the audience while making an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Tuesday (January 24).

“I think we were shocked. You go into these things with the greatest intentions when you say ‘I do’ and you say ’til death do us part.’ Those vows hold value. They are not just words… You try and you work through it and the thing that you quickly realize when you are married and you become a parent you do the best that you can. It makes you actually appreciate your parents a lot more. The thing that I’m most proud about this great woman who married (and I really do mean that from the bottom of my heart), is that together she has given me four incredible gifts…four beautiful children [Leni, Henry, Johan, and Lou]. She still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world. I think our priority was to remain civil and do this thing with dignity. We still very much love each other,” the 48-year-old singer said to host Ellen about his recent divorce announcement from Heidi Klum. “To say that neither of us were grieving would be an out and out lie (and I don’t mind telling you that). I think the operative here is that we are civil to each other and we both have a tremendous amount of respect and love and we try and do this with as much dignity as we possibly can.”

Seal also commented on his wedding ring, which he still wore on his finger.

“Yes, I am still wearing my ring. I think it’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We have eight years. Eight wonderful years together. Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean 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…. though our children and also through this tremendous admiration, respect and love that we have for each other,” Seal said.

“Will we wear the ring for the rest of our lives? Who knows? But right now it feels really comfortable on my hand so I have intentions of taking it off anytime soon.”

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  • tvcon

    Call me cynical but I think they can work it out.

  • emmaa

    So….why not stay together and try to make it work!? Seems so obvious. Work on it guys!

  • N

    seriously he is just one of the classiest men EVER

  • Ange

    I really wish they’d work it out. Come on Heidi. Take a break from endorsing every single t shirt and reconnect with Seal. He seems like a lovely man. Very handsome too.

  • ****

    C’mon Seal! Woo her again .Send her flowers, cakes and write her beautiful songs!

  • l0nely-girl

    I hope they reconcile! Wouldn’t that be something spectacular for us and for the rest of Hollywood!

  • Pinkrose

    Something is very hinky here. Wish the media would stop spreading stories about Seal. It’s obvious no one on the outside knows what’ going on and they are not saying. IN the absence of all true info, the media is doing what they do best…making up cr-ap.

  • melissa scully

    oh no. sounds like he got dumped?

  • Marie Martell

    Wow.. What an amazing man to say such nice things.. yes, I agree work this out..

  • Ryleabits

    That’s the sexiest break up response ever. I mean, seriously, he was so kind and classy and thoughtful in every word he used… Who knows what went on with them, but that was quite lovely. It’s too bad it didn’t work out.

  • not me

    What beautiful things to say about an Ex. Classy man!!

  • Marie Martell


    I totally agree with u!!

  • s

    i am the least sentimental person in the world but im about to cry for people i dont even know. he seems like a great man..

  • j

    oh god who wrote this speech..nicholas sparks?

  • samantha

    Then why are they getting divorced? Something is off

  • wow

    I’m so confused. He sounds like he still loves Heidi and wants to be with her so WHY are they getting a divorce? He even said that he WANTS to wear his wedding ring. I don’t get it! That has to be the most romantic statement I’ve ever read. I’m not even a fan, so I don’t know what happened, but really that statement made me all emotional

  • E

    FYI, Seal’s new album is coming out tomorrow…

  • AmberWaves

    You can grow apart and not get along, and still love and respect someone. You grow in different directions. You don’t want to inflict pain or to be in conflict. That is what I am hearing. They are both decent people and they will always have love and respect for one another as people. They are not enemies.

  • sweetness

    Perhaps Heidi is tired of supporting this man. She’s the bread winner in the family and her career is hauling in millions. They are in California and she will be paying him spousal support. If I were her lawyer I’d say divorce him now because the longer they stay married if they still divorce she’ll be giving him half her earnings.

  • http://@mslarathames elle

    wow. great job with the transcript jj. why don’t you try reading stuff through, not typing it up once, before you post it.

  • taylo

    Their marriage sounds pretty wonderful. Why divorce?

  • Jasmine

    @tvcon: I’m hoping they do. I’m not a fan of either but I’ve always been in awe of their beautiful relationship. It saddens me to hear about this. By the way, I thought it was just a separation, now it’s a full-on divorce?

  • micki

    not intending to sound like a jerk, but honestly, when someone lays it on that thick, it sounds to me like they were the one who broke it off, and also that they did something wrong (i.e. cheating). good people do bad things, and that’s my take on his response here

  • Jenno

    Can’t believe I’m saying a divorce statement sounds romantic but it does. Very classy of Seal.

  • emmy

    hey all really come on now.
    think about it.
    all his flowery romantic words but theyre separating/getting a divorce.
    it’s a contradiction.
    obv it is not a “wonderful marriage” at all.
    maybe it’s a one-sided break up.

  • jessa

    #23 has it all RIGHT.

  • Yoga

    This is way better than staying in a relationship that has outrun its energy.

  • sweetness

    hey if he’s got anger management issues..why would she stay married to him. Anybody can smile and play nice in an interview but he’s probably a yeller or verbal abusive behind closed doors…she’s got money why put up with his issues.

  • xoxo

    They aren’t too different than when they got married. She was/is a supermodel who earns more money than him, a well to do musician. How much can you grow apart? Not like one become super-successful overnight.

    I hope they know that married life can be super-boring/ can become routine but you invest in your children and grow old together. I think they give up too easily/ Heidi pulled the strings. May be he verbally abused her and said something she was really pissed/ some disrespectful thing.

  • tish

    Hmmm This is Seals second eloquent announcement , one was done this evening on another talk show. I just watched his other one at TMZ.
    The words were much the same as if rehearsed line for line in the same very cool calm loving manner., almost identical to the words said on the Ellen show. Travis asked him if the second song on his new album would tie into these words about this divorce, Sure sounded like the answer was yes.
    It’s no secret this is the public announcement which Heidi and Seal are very good at when it comes to being showy for image.

    The question is will we ever see or hear the private Heidi and Seal announcement discussing the basic ins and outs of their upcoming divorced lives? Absolutely not.
    How they will deal with the childrens visitation rights , the financial angles, court procedings , the new dating scene , if it hasn’t already began? Just saying,.. i don’t know.
    Or possibly does his new song bring them back together?
    I don’t think they would go that far with it over a new music album?
    There is pr for your music or movies but televising a divorce with 4 children not being true doesn’t make any sense. imo would be crazy.

    I have never been a Fan of these two celebs only heard about their showy personal affairs. Has Heidi said anything or is this all about what Seal has to say?

    Something smells in Denmark. Aha Something is way off the mark????

    Seal is smelling like a rose in these interviews . Wheres Heidi?

  • Char

    I feel for the kids. Sad …………

    May be he was supposed to say only good things as per pre-nup reuirement. She has the upper hand.

  • zatanna

    i am always very surprised how positive everyone in the usa is feeling about heidi! in germany its very different!

    maybe its bc of germanys next topmodel but here she is known as a very cold hearted business women who is very good at pretending to be this fun loving big smile super mom… we actually think its pretty shady bc she always plays the role model card ‘oh everyone should have a great marriage and having a job and 4 kids is so easy to handle’ yadda yadda when the truth is that she has a nanny for each of her kids and her marriage isnt obivously so perfect as she pretended to be….

  • jazi

    C’mon… Heidi got fed up with his volcanic temper.. he sreams and yells at his kids and staff at the house… he has problems to deal with.. the kids are suffering the most!

  • m

    funny how no one believes this guy (as most of the 12 yr olds on here haven’t been married ) some people can have ‘mature’ break ups. you can love someone but not want to be with them anymore. We all change. Maybe something happened, or she was getting more jobs blabla.. but considering ive heard more rumours about that ‘golden god who can do no wrong’ ben affleck’ in a week then i have about seal in his whole career im going to believe that seal is just a decent guy going thru a divorce…

  • Love

    His PR team just sent him out to do damage control. He’s really a douche in real life… I’ve seen him angry.

  • Rachelle

    Not many men have that kind of class and chivalry. Classic woman-gets-bored syndrome, happens everyday. Whatever happened to LETTING a man take care of you while you bask in his kindness rather than always trying to DO EVERYTHING?

  • Musisi

    Clearly, Seal is still very much in love. Heidi is isn’t.

  • Musisi

    How sad! Looks like somebody’s heart was stolen or broken.

  • Hannah

    He sounds like he still wants to be with her and they have FOUR young kids. C’mon Heidi, if he ain’t abusing you, MAKE IT WORK!

  • lulu

    He cheated on her, that is ALL – as usual. She’s gonna have a young lover in a few months.

  • id

    even if his ‘speech’ was a PR’s wet dream it’s still better than calling her a b*tch especially because they have kids who go to school and i’m sure can read.. if this is what they get to read in 5 years time then good.. bullshit more if he has 2. No one knows if it’s real or not, or if he does still care – the only important thing is his kids..

    And people who love each other divorce all the time. You change and evolve and sometimes it’s not together and you split. If they’re doing this amicably than good for them.

  • mell

    @Hannah: i really hope you’re not an adult because thats the most ridiculous thing i’ve read so far.

  • marie

    @emmy: All this facade coming out of their mouths undrneath that is a house rotten to the core. Be honest, if you are getting a divorce there is something very wrong. Lies!!!

  • just wait

    Just wait for a month or less. One of them will be out with another man/woman. All this nice words, respect blablabla are in contradiction with the fact- they are divorcing. I am sure that the reason has name and appearance. Be patient, soon will be known.


    never marry a ho, they never change

  • spilt_daydreams

    This makes zero sense to me. If you’re saying all this then it sounds like it could be worked out. I wonder how many people would get married if the state forced you to follow the whole “solemn vow” thing seriously.

  • lisalouise

    If they still feel this way about one another, they should remain married. Vows don’t really mean anything if you break them. No one said it’s easy and there doesn’t appear to be foul play against each other. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be a divorce just because it’s sizzled down to luke warm coals. That’s marriage~that’s life…grow up, your kids are watching.

  • Yesss

    I want to know what REALLY happened. Everyone is speculating and none of it is making sense.
    Heidi and Seal, tell me what Really Happened (even though it is none of my business) ;-)

  • kathy

    Every woman is considered a B**** when she being firm about her ideas and agressively goes after what she wants i.e in this case Heidi’s career…sounds like you are one of those people that want her to smile, giggle and wave and live for her man anything more than that well you consider her coldhearted…there’s more to life than that.
    Sounds like he screwed up considering he is the one doing all the talking…Can anyone say damage control?

  • idhd

    strangest comments: they love each other, why are the getting a divorce?? we know absolutely nothing about their marriage. Smiling in photos doesn’t prove a thing. I get confused when people talk about brad pitt and A. jolie’s relationship 2.. we dont know if they’re really happy or not.. same goes for this couple.. he could still care abt her, respect her but not want to be married anymore.. or hes just trying to keep a clean image?!? we know nothing and it shld be kept that way. They have babies and i think it’s sad that they’re going thru this at such a young age.