SUPERMODEL Heidi Klum and singer Seal are separating after seven years of marriage, a parting the pair termed amicable in a statement last night.
"While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate," the two said in a statement.
"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."
The two said that protecting the well-being of their children was their top priority and asked for privacy, and thanked family and friends for their support.
The German-born Klum, who hosts "Project Runway," and Seal have four children. Last September they released a steamy music video for the singer's new single "Secrets," which featured the naked couple in bed together.
Reports of the separation last week shocked fans of the couple who are known for their displays of affection at red carpet events, and the picture of happiness they have often presented with their four children.
Seal, 48, and Klum met in 2004 when Klum was pregnant with her daughter Leni, now seven, from her relationship with the Italian businessman and Formula One entrepremeur Flavio Briatore.
The couple married on the beach in Mexico in May 2005.
They have since had three children together, Henry, six, Johan, five, and Lou, two.
Klum and Seal have become famous for renewing their vows every year on their anniversary in a lavish ceremony.
In 2010, Seal said of the tradition: “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.”
Dividing their assets may prove to be a lengthy and complicated process.
According to Forbes, Klum earned £13 million last year, while it’s unclear how much Seal made.
Klum was previously married to the stylist Ric Pipino in 1997 but they divorced in 2002.
Seal was spotted arriving at LAX airport in Los Angeles last week, after promoting his new album in London. While his wife attended the Golden Globes award ceremony alone last week.