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We didn’t see it coming. Heidi Klum and Seal looked too in love, too devoted to their four children and too, well, smoking hot, to end what appeared on the outside to be a perfect union. Yet on Monday the pair confirmed the rumors were true: "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate," the pair told People in a statement that seemed to only confirm their devotion to each other. "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.”
Their marriage seemed like a fairytale from the start: the "Kiss From a Rose" singer proposed in achingly romantic fashion two days before Christmas in 2004 on a glacier in Whistler, B.C., in a natural snow cave, in an igloo built for the occasion. (Yes, really.) The pair -- who are parents to seven-year-old Leni (from Klum's relationship with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore), son Henry, 6; Johan, 5 and Lou, 2 -- then renewed their vows every year on their anniversary.
If this fun and sweet couple can’t make it work, then what does it mean for the rest of us?
Sadly, Klum and Seal aren’t the only celebrity duo to surprisingly split in the past year. (See more celeb splits here.) We know that celebrities and marriage don’t always mix, but there was something that just seemed different about them. Sure, they are a gazillionaire power couple, but their love for their kids and each other seemed familiar and real. That just makes this uncoupling particularly sad -- and a reminder that even the strongest marriages can still be incredibly fragile.