By now you’ve probably heard the sad news. Model Heidi Klum and Seal, her husband of 7 years, are separating.
It’s sad, of course, because breakups suck. And Heidi Klum and Seal always seemed especially in love. What makes the whole situation even sadder, though, is that they have 4 children. (Three are Seal’s biologically–1 is Heidi’s from a previous relationship, but Seal adopted her.)
Now it’s no secret that I’m an advocate for sometimes putting your needs and your happiness before your child’s, but something about this breakup isn’t sitting well with me. Perhaps it’s because there are so many young children to consider or because the couple’s only reason for the divorce is that they “grew apart,” but I can’t help but think how their children will be impacted.
Heidi Klum and Seal two extremely busy celebrities who are always jetting from one place to another. Heidi tapes Project Runway in New York, another reality show in Germany and makes L.A. her home base. Seal is currently promoting his new album, which means he’s been on the move as well. All this movement makes it plausible that the couple did in fact grow apart, but did they do anything to prevent it? Plus, how hard must it be to see your parents constantly going to and fro and then find out they’re divorcing? Should Heidi and Seal have tried harder? Or worked less? Or just handled the whole announcement differently given the stakes?
If you’ve been reading MOMfinds for any length of time, chances are you’ve read about me making the tough decision to part ways with my daughter’s father. It was a hard decision, but I have no regrets. It was the best decision for me, my daughter and our family. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had an effect on my daughter. Every once in a while she’ll ask why her daddy doesn’t live with us an it’s not always easy to explain.
I’m sure Heidi Klum and Seal’s decision to divorce didn’t come without much consideration, but I really hope they considered their kids as much as they considered themselves… and their careers.
What do you think? Should they have stuck it out for their 4 young children? Or is it better to part ways before things get really ugly? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Read the couple’s official statement here.
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