So much for civility…
The divorce between one-time It Couple Heidi Klum and Seal has taken a nasty turn. According to a new Star magazine report, the high-profile exes are battling it out over custody of their four children and multi-million-dollar assets — this despite vowing to keep their split “amicable” when they announced plans to end their seven year marriage in January.
And to make matters even more awkward, Seal insists his estranged bride cheated on him with her longtime bodyguard, Martin Kristen.
The incensed “Kiss from a Rose” singer slammed the German catwalker for “fornicating with the help” after Heidi and Martin were pictured looking a wee bit cozy during a trip to Sardinia, Italy last week. Seal told TMZ:
“That’s what happens when two people separate, they move on and generally meet other people in their lives. I certainly don’t expect Heidi to all of a sudden become a nun. But as always my main priority is the emotional well-being of my children and to be quite honest, if there is going to be someone else there in their lives, I would much rather it was a familiar face.”
But that’s where his diplomacy ended. Flipping into Full Rant Mode, Seal raged:
“That’s the only thing I would have preferred. Whilst I didn’t expect anything better from him [the bodyguard], I would of thought that Heidi would have shown a little more class and at least waited until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help, as it were. I guess you all now have the answer you have been looking for for the last seven months.”
Seal, 49, has apparently contested his supermodel ex’s claims for primary physical custody of their children, Leni, eight, Henry, six, Johan, five, and two-year-old Lou. He’s also demanded that the pair be granted equal time with their kids.
Another sticking point between the pair is money. As host and executive producer of Lifetime’s Project Runway, Heidi has amassed a sizeable $70 million fortune. Seal, on the other hand, is worth just $15 million. (Peanuts, we know…) He has contested Heidi’s previous claim that they had no joint assets to be split between them.
Despite Seal’s claims, Heidi’s friends say her “complicated” relationship with Martin — who has worked for her for four years — was “strictly professional” during her marriage.
An informant told People magazine:
“It’s complicated. Their relationship is hard to define. “This has been a difficult time. Her inner circle of people she trusts is getting smaller and smaller and he is her number one confidante.”