I tried to dismiss this news item as a product of an eager rumor mill, but Seal and Heidi Klum have officially announced their separation after seven years of marriage. As high-profile couples often do, the two have released a statement clarifying how hunky-dory the split is going to be:

“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.”

It’s always sad to watch a family go through hard times, but I’m constantly dumbfounded by couples who flaunt their storybook lifestyles and then ask for privacy when things get ugly. It seems like every few months for the past few years there was some interview with Heidi Klum floating around in which she talks about how wonderful her marriage is, how much she loves frolicking on the beach with her family, and how hot Seal’s package looks in a bathing suit, how they regularly renew their vows, etc and so forth. In fact, I think my warm and fuzzy feelings about this couple come from said interviews. That all of that image-building would culminate in a divorce is just…interesting, that’s all.

The rumor mill continues to churn with speculation that the split was caused by Seal’s bad temper (Seal? a temper? ok.) or the extent to which Heidi’s fame has outpaced Seal’s and the inevitable rift things like that cause. Whatever the reason, it’s all kind of sad. I thought they were cute together (in a funny looking way)!

What do you think of the latest celebrity split?

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