Heidi Klum: ‘I don’t think I could deal with waking up next to a 25-year-old’

Heidi Klum covers the new issue of Marie Claire mag for the February issue. You can see the slideshow here – it’s actually a really nice pictorial (despite the fact that they cut out part of her head on the cover!). Heidi’s red carpet style is kind of rough (IMO) because she seems to prefer showgirl-glam, and she often looks kind of cheap. But Marie Claire did a pictorial of Heidi in lots of black cocktail dresses and gowns, and all of a sudden I remembered WHY she was considered one of the best models in the world back in the day. As for the interview – you can read an excerpt online here. MC sent us some highlights, and while many of the quotes are interesting and enlightening, Heidi apparently refused to discuss her relationship with Martin Kirsten (her bodyguard). Here are some highlights:

Heidi’s fantasy guest judge for Project Runway: Michelle Obama – “I don’t think we’ve ever had a first lady who is as cool and fashion-oriented as she is.”

On her mom, Erna: “She told me, ‘Don’t ever depend on a man,’” Klum says. “So I started making a living for myself when I was 18.”

A funny quote from Michael Kors, on filming the show with Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia: “After going through three pregnancies with Heidi and two with Nina, I know more about maternity life than any man gay or straight has a right to. I am so ticklish that Heidi once chased me around the runway chairs, jumped on me, and startled me, at which point I fainted – what man wouldn’t?”

Heidi on her divorce from Seal: “People say, ‘Oh, God, how devastating to go through a divorce. Did I wish for this to happen to my family? No. But everyone is healthy; we’re moving on with our lives. If someone got [very sick], God forbid, that would be a real problem. It’s not what I wanted – it’s not what anyone wanted – but it’s not a real problem.”

Heidi on sex: “Some people are more experimental in bed and others are more boring. If you are wild and crazy, bring it on so the other person is well aware that you have little devil horns that come out every once in a while. It’s good to make an effort to dress up sometimes, to do things outside of the norm.”

Heidi’s not interested in being a cougar: “I can understand why a woman finds a young man attractive, because the truth is that when men get older, their shape changes. Younger men train more, and when the clothes come off, it is nice to look at a sexy, ripped body. But I am realistic. I’m turning 40 next year; I don’t think I could deal with waking up next to a 25-year-old.”

On the idea of marrying again: “I don’t think so. No. No. I wanted to keep the memory of our wedding alive every year, that’s why I thought it would be fun to get married over and over. But now I don’t think it’s that important. I’m not angry about anything, but I don’t think I will. Maybe if I’m with someone for 15 or 20 years, and we do it in our old age as a fun thing to do…But I don’t have the urgency anymore.”

How people reacted to her first pregnancy: What others classify as problematic, Klum simply doesn’t. When she was 30 and pregnant by Italian race car magnate Flavio Briatore, her handlers were “freaking out,” saying, “I don’t know how the fashion industry will take you back after this.” For Klum, abortion wasn’t an option, and she walked the Victoria’s Secret runway show at four months along, with no one the wiser. “I thought, This is what is happening, and I’m going to embrace it,” she says. “I will figure it out, whatever comes my way.”

[From Marie Claire]

I have to admit, I like the way Heidi comes across in this piece. She seems wiser, more pragmatic, and like she’s in a better place these days. I also agree with her assessment of cougar relationships, because that’s how I feel about them personally – I like looking at younger guys, and I think a younger guy might be fun (if he was into me), but at the end of the day… realism wins out. Just like Heidi, I don’t think I could deal with waking up next to a 25-year-old.

Photos courtesy of Marie Claire, slideshow here.

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  1. Audrey says:

    She has amazing bone structure. She looks great.

  2. Ann says:

    “I can understand why a woman finds a young man attractive, because the truth is that when men get older, their shape changes.” So TRUE.

  3. Annie says:

    Really good interview. See, this is what I was talking about when I said European celebrities have more things to say than American celebrities and are generally more articulate and smart. This is being honest. Not just saying that you’re honest, Kstew, but just being it. JLo would never say anything remotely honest or insightful. Her last interview was a such a joke.

    I really like Heidi. I miss the original Victoria’s Secret angels: Tyra, Giselle, Heidi, Carolina. Those women had something special and were insanely fierce.

    • Doosh says:

      Not entirely sure about “smart”, but I 100% concur that they are definitely more articulate, which is astounding considering, like in Heidi’s case, English isn’t always their first language!

    • Christina says:

      I’m nto sure I’d refer to Heidi as a ‘European celebrity’. Sure, she was born and raised in Germany, but almost her entire career has been in the US. She seems to be very much a part of the American celeb culture to me.

      • Annie says:

        Being successful in America doesn’t make you American and lose your European roots and upbringing. Plus, she wasn’t sucessful only in America. You should read more about her career to know this woman has deals and tv shows all over the place.Also, being smart enough to be articulate in more than one language is definitely not an America treat where people only speak one language, sometimes barely. She’s an international model with success in America, yes, but she’s not an American celebrity. She enjoys similar success in many other countries and her didn’t even start in America. Don’t claim her success or career.

        And yes, this is smart. She knows what to say, how to say it and it’s a good message. Smart.

      • Christina says:

        ”Also, being smart enough to be articulate in more than one language is definitely not an America treat where people only speak one language, sometimes barely.”

        ”an America treat”?

        @Annie, no disrespect, but if you’re going to lecture Americans about their poor knowledge of languages, it might help if you showed a better command of the English language yourself.

        And for what it’s worth, I’m not American.

    • Jayna says:

      I always found Natasha Richardson’s interviews excellent and really showed up the shallow interviews of certain American actresses always talking about weight, excercise, etc.

  4. Tammy says:

    She’s so German and harsh. I wonder if she orders her kids around like soldiers. A beautiful creature but she just scares me. She has so much control over herself. Those eyes on her show, so piercing.

    • themummy says:

      Not sure what you mean by that. “Harsh” is not a word automatically associated with being German. Sounds like you bought into some fringe stereotype. I’m German and neither I nor anyone I know are any harsher than anyone else. I think I can safely assume you have not spent any time living in Germany and that you are not regularly around Germans. One thing we don’t do that Americans do is lie through our teeth in every conversation for the sake of playing nicey-nice and super politically correct with everyone no matter what. We’re more straightforward, yes, but really all Europeans are that way (and that does not mean rude or harsh in any way). The insincerity of everyday interactions here in the states was startling at first and I still think it’s weird and, to be honest, really disrespectful. I noticed this in the south far more than in the north, but it’s definitely an American thing.

      That said, I thought her interview sounded relaxed and self-aware (more than I would expect of a lot celebrities, to be honest).

    • Liv says:

      What?! And you are American and stupid and fat? Please stop with the stereotypes, sick of it.

  5. Rita says:

    There are times when I wish I was waking up next to a 25 year old…..like when my husband acts like a teenager.

  6. Sweet Dee says:

    I’m always back and forth on Heidi. Today I like her. The pictoral is great and I do like the interview. She strikes me as mature and wise…today.

  7. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Speaking of her career, she was not a HF model or a super, she was the Kate Upton of her time.

    • Christina says:

      Agree. The term ‘supermodel’ is so overused these days. Heidi was mostly an underwear model who, though clever self-promotion, made a name for herself as an all-round ‘celeb’. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but she’s simply not in the same league as Linda Evangelista, Helena Cristensen or Natalia Vodionova.

      • Raven says:

        It beats being famous for a sex tape.

      • Hildegard says:

        True, and when she got pregnant with her first child, heidi wasnt THAT popular or succsessfull like today. Flavio Briatore is a very rich italian man. so maybe she wanted a rich suggadaddy for her daughter. but flavio said, leni is not his daughter, he said she cheated on him and when he found out that she was not pregnant with HIS child, he dumped her.
        And Heidi is still a German, shes big in Germany and she is often her in her homecountry germany. Lots of german woman have no high morals in cheating, not all of them but many ;-)

        Greetings from Germany :-)

  8. TG says:

    I can’t stand this woman anymore. Ever since she dumped Seal and took up with the help. She is attractive with blond hair though. I saw a special showing when she was younger in Germany and on this modeling show and honestly I don’t know how she got this far she wasn’t even very pretty with brown hair. Her interview is good though and I agree with her about never depending on a man. Though, if she was really following that adivce why was she dating an Italian billionaire playboy? Don’t pretend like it was love. My mom didn’t work and 2 of my sisters don’t and they are and have always been stressed out about either lack of money, the threat of a layoff or even death of their husband and I told myself at a young age I would never depend on a man either and at 36 I haven’t. I don’t see why any woman would want to stress themselves out like that and why any man would want that kind of stress on them.

  9. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I wonder if HK has had any work done. Not a big deal if she has, just curious.

  10. Gwen says:

    I don’t usually like her vert much but this is a good interview, I think and very nice pics too.

  11. KellyinSeattle says:

    It would still be better than waking up next to Seal.

  12. j.eyre says:

    I suppose I will need to wake up next to a 25 year old just to see if I can handle it. Honestly, what I do in the name of research.

  13. Chelsea's handler says:

    It would depend on what the 25 year old looked liked. It’s bit of an ageist comment. The beauty of going out with much younger people is that when people have a go at you about it you can just say “I’m going out with a person not an age’ BOOM! So you get the pretty young thing and the moral high ground. Win-win. : )

  14. mimi says:

    She sounds awesome and as if she is out of a very difficult time but in a resilient way. She’s a survivor and deals amazingly with whatever comes her way.

    I do wonder what she means about not wanting to deal with waking up next to a 25 years old.
    Does she mean she doesn’t want someone not mature enough/ in a different place in life or does she mean that she would feel insecure as their body is more “ripped” vs. a 40 years old woman (albeit a gorgeous and young looking one).

  15. jk says:

    I think that since Seals exes came forward and told the press that they warned her about violent temper before she married him, that she did a good thing by dumping him and I doubt if she dumped him for the help. Seal tried to insinuate that after he found out she was dating her BG but he showed his mean side by doing that. Seal lived off her LOL he never made her kind of money and never will. I see a lot of jealous women in here taking pot shots at someone who prbably makes them look like the dogs they are lol So petty ladies,

  16. Moi says:

    Gawd I love her. And it’s not only because she gets called my doppelgänger. I just love her personality. With my grandmother being German and coming to America during WWII, I guess I love that German….everything.