Heidi Klum did all the talking yesterday when she filed for divorce from hubby Seal -- and when we caught him last night at LAX, the singer passed on the opportunity to do some talking of his own.
Heidi cited "irreconcilable differences" in her divorce petition filed in L.A. County Superior Court. The couple has a post-nup in place to divide their assets, so the big issue will be custody. Heidi is asking for joint legal custody of their four children, but she wants primary physical custody ... with Seal getting visitation rights.
We asked Seal if he knew the filing was imminent and whether he planned to stay friends with Heidi through the process ... no answer.
Files For Divorce
4/7/2012 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Klum has just filed for divorce from Seal ... TMZ has learned.
Heidi cites "irreconcilable differences" in her divorce petition, filed in L.A. County Superior Court.
According to the docs filed by Heidi's lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, the couple signed a post-nup -- meaning they made an agreement after they got hitched to separate their assets. As a result, sources say there is no community property to be divided.
Heidi is asking for joint legal custody of their 4 kids, but she wants primary physical custody ... with Seal getting visitation rights.
Heidi is asking the judge to restore her maiden name -- that would be Klum, although she always used it professionally.
Heidi, who is worth a fortune, is asking the judge to reject any claim for spousal support by either her or Seal. And she wants Seal to pay his lawyer's fees. She'd gladly pay Wasser herself.
The Wedding Ring Is Finally OFF
2/15/2012 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seal has finally surrendered to the reality that his wife is leaving him -- 'cause for the first time since the split, the singer was spotted without his wedding ring.
Right after the split, Seal appeared on "Ellen" and said he had "no intention" of removing the wedding band because "It's a token of how I feel about this woman" ... adding, "It feels really comfortable on my hand."
But the singer clearly wanted to send a message when he arrived in Australia this morning -- 'cause dude had bright yellow nail polish on his fingers, which drew even more attention to the fact he was sans ring.
TMZ broke the story ... the couple separated last month ... in no small part because Heidi grew tired of Seal's temper.
No Seal on Valentine's Day
2/15/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For the first time in years, Heidi Klum spent Valentine's Day WITHOUT the company of Seal.
Heidi -- accompanied by a bodyguard -- was out on Sunset Blvd. last night around 7:30 PM ... walking right past Boa restaurant and into an area where you can enter the Soho House ... a super-fancy members-only club with a restaurant and a bar.
Heidi was mum when we asked about her split from Seal ... but sources say Heidi still plans to move forward and will file for divorce.
Seal and Heidi Klum
Each Still Sporting
Their Wedding Rings
2/5/2012 5:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seal and Heidi Klum -- seen yesterday at LAX and running errands in Brentwood separately -- are each still wearing their wedding rings ... two weeks after announcing they were separating.
Seal told Piers Morgan in an interview last month that the possibility for reconciliation still exists and he wears the ring because "I'm still married to this incredible woman."
As we previously reported, Heidi shopped all over town for divorce lawyers and effectively blocked Seal from some of the best lawyers in the biz ... since he can't hire anyone with whome she shared confidential information.
Still Ringin' It
1/28/2012 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Klum was spotted out in public this afternoon ... shuttling her kids to a karate class in Brentwood ... and still sporting her wedding ring.
Heidi was spotted wearing her wedding ring earlier this week (see below) but she had it turned around to cover the giant rock.
Seal was seen sporting his band as recently as Thursday night. He told Piers Morgan in an interview earlier this week that the possibility for reconciliation still exists and he wears the ring because "I'm still married to this incredible woman."
The 'I've Got a Secret' Smile
1/27/2012 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seal's finally left Heidi Klum -- he flew out of the country last night ... and did it with a you-know-what eatin' grin on his face.
The singer wasn't looking like a guy whose wife is divorcing him as he boarded a flight to her native country of Germany -- smiling for the cameras waiting outside LAX.
By the way, Seal was still wearing his wedding ring.
Right before heading to the airport ... Seal fueled ridiculous speculation his split from Heidi is a PR stunt to pump up record sales by performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
He sang ... "I'll Be Around."
Wedding Ring, Too
1/26/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seal isn't the only one clinging to symbols of his crumbling marriage -- Heidi Klum was also still wearing her wedding ring yesterday in L.A ... but with a twist.
The pic was snapped as Heidi was leaving the set of "Germany's Next Top Model" (yes, it's shot in LA) -- and she was still sporting either her wedding band ... or her engagement ring. If it was the engagement ring though, Heidi was hiding the giant diamond.
It's the first time we've seen Heidi's face since news broke about her split from her husband -- her full face at least.
Heidi and I Might Reconcile
1/25/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seal's marriage to Heidi Klum might not be over -- in a new interview with Piers Morgan, the singer said ... "Is it irreparable? You can never say never."
Seal added, "Whether we get back together or not, it may happen. I can't speak for [Heidi]."
Seal admitted, he's not sure if he wants to reconcile -- claiming, "If it were that easy -- if there weren't problems, we'd still be together. That is the reality."
Seal added, "My love for [Heidi] has not waned one iota. I love her with all my heart."
Seal also commented on his wedding ring, claiming, "I'm still wearing my wedding ring because I'm still married to this incredible woman." So we gotta ask ...
Shopped Around L.A. ...
For Divorce Lawyers
1/24/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Klum did not make a snap decision to divorce Seal. She's interviewed a number of the best divorce lawyers in L.A. over the last 2 weeks ... TMZ has learned.
Our sources say Heidi has already selected one of the lawyers based on her interviews, and as we first reported, she has already decided she will file for divorce.
We're told the interviews with the lawyers were conducted at a secret location because Heidi was concerned about a leak.
We're told all of the lawyers she met with have repped a number of celebrity clients -- the attorneys are among the most prominent in town.
And there's a twist. Seal can't hire any of the lawyers Heidi rejected because she shared confidential information with them, so representing Seal would create a conflict of interest. The good news for Seal -- there are still other good divorce lawyers to be had.
As we reported, when Heidi files, she will cite "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. Seal's temper, we're told, was a significant factor in her decision.
Seal to Ellen:
The Wedding Ring Stays On
1/24/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
She Couldn't Take
Seal's Temper Anymore
1/24/2012 12:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Klum is divorcing Seal largely because she has had it with his volcanic temper ... TMZ has learned.
Sources directly connected with the couple tell us ... Heidi's decision to divorce Seal has nothing to do with a third person. There is NO issue of infidelity.
But Seal's inability to control his anger has become too much for Heidi to take, in no small part because it's affecting their children.
TMZ broke the story that Heidi will divorce Seal, and we've learned this was not a snap decision. As one source said, "It was a long time in coming."
We're also told ... their careers also played a part in Heidi's decision. She has become a mega-entrepreneur and extremely rich, and that professional evolution has created a distance between them.
For his part, Seal has a new album coming out and he's about to launch an international tour.
We're told Heidi and Seal are still living under the same roof, but that will change very soon.
Heidi's rep told PEOPLE that the couple was separating, but as TMZ first reported, Heidi wants a divorce. The couple says, "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 Break-Up Isn't Nasty
'We're Not Those Kind of People'
1/23/2012 4:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seal is already speaking out about the breaking up of his marriage to Heidi Klum, telling Tavis Smiley it will be handled civilly for the benefit of their kids.
Tavis asked Seal how he and Heidi can avoid the ugly break-up that has become prevalent among celebs, and he said, "We're just not those kind of people."
Seal said, "What one has to do in this situation is to remain civil, to retain one's dignity, to be professional, and to understand that we are not the only people on this planet that are going through this."
Seal's conversation with Tavis Smiley on PBS airs this Friday, January 27 on PBS.