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Seal

Files Divorce Response

Assets Bone of Contention

4/10/2012 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Seal has filed his response to Heidi Klum's divorce petition, and it looks like he's gearing up for a dispute over who gets what in the divorce.

TMZ already reported that Heidi claims there is a postnuptial agreement, which means there are no joint or community assets. But in Seal's papers, he claims there are "community and quasi-community assets" and he makes no mention of the postnup.

As for how much is on the line ... the answer is, a lot. Heidi is worth an estimated $70 million. Seal is reportedly worth around $15 million.

Seal is also asking for joint physical custody of their 4 kids -- Heidi wants primary physical custody, with Seal getting visitation.

Fact is ... based on photos and videos, Heidi has almost always had the kids when Seal was away, and given that he's away a lot on tour, giving her primary physical custody is pretty much status quo.

Seal wants the judge to deny spousal support to Heidi. For her part, she wants to deny spousal support to Seal. The reality ... they both make a lot of money and won't be getting support.

And, as for the date of separation, Seal is non-committal. He says it has not been determined. Heidi claims the date of separation was January 19, 2012.

Heidi Klum

The Karate Show Must Go On

4/7/2012 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Heidi Klum didn't get a little divorce filing dampen her Saturday, venturing out in Brentwood to take her two sons, Henry and Johan, to karate class. 

Just yesterday, Heidi filed for divorce from hubby Seal after six years of marriage. The couple announced their separation back in January.

As TMZ previously reported, she is asking for joint legal custody of their 4 kids -- but she wants primary physical custody, with Seal getting visitation rights.

Seal

Mum's the Word

On Heidi Divorce

4/7/2012 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE



0407_seal_videoHeidi 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.

Heidi Klum

Files For Divorce

4/7/2012 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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Seal

The Wedding Ring Is Finally OFF

2/15/2012 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Seal was spotted without his wedding ring.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.

Heidi Klum

No Seal on Valentine's Day

2/15/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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

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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.

Heidi Klum

Still Ringin' It

1/28/2012 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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.

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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."

Seal

The 'I've Got a Secret' Smile

1/27/2012 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Seal is still wearing his wedding ringSeal'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."

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Heidi Klum

Still Wearing

Wedding Ring, Too

1/26/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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.

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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.


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Seal

Heidi and I Might Reconcile

1/25/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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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 ...

Heidi Klum

Shopped Around L.A. ...

For Divorce Lawyers

1/24/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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



Seal kept his promise to appear on Ellen's show, and he explained that he's keeping his ring on -- despite the breakup of his marriage -- because he still has a connection to Heidi Klum.

Seal adds he has no intention of taking the ring off anytime soon.

The show will air today.

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