I feel like it's a little weird to say that the romantic life of a celebrity couple affects me in any way, but I can't lie, I was bummed to hear about Heidi Klum and Seal's divorce. They always just seemed so happy, you know? Renewing their vows every year and pumping out adorable kids and rocking those insane Halloween costumes and all.
It was sounding like the couple's split was unfolding in a refreshingly drama-free manner: Seal was still wearing his wedding ring, saying it was "a token of how I feel about this woman," and their separation "doesn't necessarily mean that you take off your ring and you're no longer connected to that person." It even seemed there was hope they might reconcile.
Unfortunately, reports are trickling in that their divorce is definitely still happening -- and things are getting nasty.
You'll have to take some of this "information" with a generous serving of salt because it's coming from Star magazine, but apparently Seal has been contesting Klum's request for primary physical custody of their kids. He's also reportedly refuted Klum's assertion that there weren't any joint marriage assets to be divvied out, and that's one fight that could get ugly real fast, since Seal's estimated net worth is $15 million as compared to Klum's $70 million.
Worse, the couple are supposedly disagreeing over Seal's decision to use personal photos of their kids (Leni, 8; Henry, 6; Johan, 5; and Lou, 2) in a campaign for a Leica digital camera -- without asking Klum's permission. Seal had posted the Leica Portrait video on his website, in which he "explains the role photography plays in his life, his thoughts on the new Leica X2 and one of his favorite subjects to shoot: his children," but the video has since been made private, reportedly because Klum hired a lawyer to demand that Leica retract the images.
Who knows what's really up with these two, but I hope the tabloids are exaggerating the sparring that's going on as they work through their dissolution of their marriage. It was sad enough that they didn't make it, despite seeming like the rare Hollywood couple that had a strong foundation -- having their divorce turn into a public spectacle would just be a giant bummer.
Are you surprised to hear that Seal and Heidi Klum's divorce might be turning ugly? Do you think it's inevitable for this kind of high-profile split?
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