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Heidi Klum and Seal Call it Quits

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28:  Model Heidi Klum ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

A celebrity couple known for making public displays of attention announced that they were separating.  Supermodel and reality television host Heidi Klum and musical artist Seal, confirmed that they have separated after almost seven years of marriage. 

Klum and Seal were one of Hollywood’s most high-profile couples, and appeared to have the a solid relationship.  The couple married in 2005 and have raised 4 children together; three of their own and Klum’s daughter from a previous relationship.  They renewed their marriage vows every year on their anniversary, threw lavish parties together and talked about one another with respect and love.

However, anonymous sources have hinted that in recent months the couple had been fighting more.  In addition, as with most Hollywood couples, their busy schedules that had them at different ends of the globe.  “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul searching we have decided to separate,” they said in a joint 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.”

While there has been no reports with details, if the California couple decides to move forward with divorce it is anticipated that there will be a lot of assets at stake and issues relating to child custody.  Ultimately, the details of a divorce will depend on whether or not the couple has executed a prenuptial agreement.  It there is no prenup, all income that was earned by either party during the marriage will be split 50-50 upon divorce because California is a community property state.
However, a prenup is likely given the statures of Klum and Seal.  Such prenup would conceivably keep all individual business ventures as separate income and could set the terms for spousal support.  Should any spousal support be granted, it is probable that Klum will be paying Seal as she earns more income.  While Seal has sold 20 million albums worldwide, Klum is the second-highest paid model in the world and reportedly made $20 million last year alone.
Of course, it is certainly possible that the couple will settle their divorce confidentially out of court, which means that the terms of any divorce settlement may never be released to the public.
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