Singer/songwriter Seal, 44, and his supermodel wife Heidi Klum, 34, keep busy with their careers and raising their three children — Leni, 3 1/2, Henry, 2, and Johan, 11 months.
With his new album, System, out on November 13th, Seal slows down for a bit to talk about falling in love with Heidi, his decision to raise Leni as his own, and how they parent.
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When the couple met at an awards show in 2003, Seal was smitten,thinking to himself that whomever ‘caught’ Heidi was a lucky guy. Threeweeks later, they ran into each other again, with Heidi asking Seal outfor pizza — but Seal didn’t get the hint that she liked him. Monthslater, they got together again — however, this time, Heidi was freshout of a short relationship with Formula One tycoon Flavio Briatore,and had just discovered that she was expecting his child.
Seal andHeidi kept their relationship low-key for the first few months, butwhen she started showing, things changed for Seal.
We couldn’t do the casual dating thing any more,because in four months there was going to be a baby. I hadn’t seen her fora bit because we were both working, and the nexttime I saw her, she had a bump. I was like, ‘Wow! You really arepregnant.’
That was the moment I really fell in love — and I fell in lovewith both Heidi and the baby. Up until that point, the baby hadn’t beena reality, but seeing Heidi like that brought everything into focus. Itwasn’t a big step to make; it was more a case of, ‘My number’s beingcalled and I’d better be worthy of this.’
I certainly didn’t look upon it as though I was riding to Heidi’srescue. I just launched myself into it. When I told my stepmother I’dmet Heidi, she said to me, ‘That’s sostrange, because I was just about to talk to you about adopting achild.’ It was obviously meant to be.
Leni was bornon May 4th, 2004, with Seal in the delivery room. He shares that he hasno qualms about raising a child that is not biologically his own –Leni is his daughter.
To me, it’s irrelevant. Anyone can father a child. Big deal. Raisingthe child is the key.
[Flavio has] no contact with Leni. That’s notbecause he’s a bad person. I actually think he’s great in many ways,because a selfish man mightwant to disrupt the child’s set-up, and he’s clearly not a selfish man.He obviously sees the set-up and leaves it alone.
Seal, who had a tough and dysfunctional upbringing with an abusivefather, is hopeful that having children is the catalyst he needs toreverse the cycle of violence that he grew up with.
I suddenly started to realize that all the mistakes I said I wasn’tgoing to make, the whole dysfunctional aspect of family…my chance [tofix that] was right now.
I’d be a fool to believe that I don’t have a lot of my father’s traits– but I’d cut off my own hands before I raised them to my kids.
Although he enjoys their children immensely, after subsequent 2004,2005, and 2006 pregnancies, Seal is basking in Heidi’s non-expectantframe, for once.
Our youngest child is now 11 months old, so I’ve told Heidi we’rebooting him out of the bedroom. [jokes] I’m not having it any more!This is the longest time I’ve known Heidi without her being pregnant.She’s got her body back and it’s real good fun!
Source: The Daily Mail
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