“We’re just not those kind of people – we never really have been,” Seal, said in an interview with PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley, Monday afternoon in L.A. “We’ve never been attracted to that. Of course it’s a difficult situation that we have to handle right now and it’s never easy. In terms of our love and respect for each other, that hasn’t changed at all.” Seal explained, “Just because you decide to separate, I don’t think you all of the sudden stop loving each other. I don’t think you all of the sudden stop becoming friends.”
After rumors started circulating Saturday that Klum was planning on filing for divorce and citing “irreconcilable differences,” the couple release a joint statement late Sunday night, confirming that their marriage was indeed ending.
The statement read: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate. 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. This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition. We thank our family, friends, and fans for their kind words of support. And for our children’s sake, we appreciate you respecting our privacy.”
The couple has three biological children together, Henry, 6, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2, and Klum’s 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Leni, whom Seal adopted in 2009.
Seal also sat down with Comedian Ellen DeGeneres for an interview on the set of her talk show. The “Ellen” interview is set to air Tuesday. During the interview, Seal explains why he won’t be removing his wedding ring any time soon.
The PBS interview with Tavis Smiley is scheduled to air on Friday.