Heidi Klum wants primary custody of the kids because Seal is dating chicks

Heidi Klum

Here’s Heidi Klum debuting her “Truly Scrumptious Collection” at Babies ‘R Us in New York while wearing an outfit that would make Snooki proud. Seriously, Heidi is rocking the “Jersey Shore” leopard print and fake tan so hard, and all she’s really forgotten is the glitter. Maybe next time.

The real story here though is that things are heating up in the battle between Heidi and Seal for custody of their four children (three of them being the couple’s bio kids and the eldest being Heidi’s daughter that Seal formally adopted). Yes, we all thought the divorce would be a civil one, but the couple separated in January, and there’s no signs of a settlement anytime soon. In April, Heidi formally filed for divorce and asked for primary custody, but Seal has been adament that he will settle for nothing less than joint custody. That same month, Heidi was rumored to be banging co-star Thomas Hayo (on “Germany’s Next Top Model”), and it really looked like they were more than just friends since Hayo was spotted feeding Heidi food off his plate in public. Too soon.

Now a story in this week’s Star says Heidi has decided she’s going to fight for primary custody even though she was going to agree to joint. What happened? Well, Heidi is angry that Seal used some personal photos of their children in a commercial. Also, Heidi is irritated that Seal has been casually dating women (he was spotted kissing Delta Goodrem backstage at an awards show). Of course, I still side with Heidi on the issue of Seal’s violent temper, which is evidenced by him pushing her and needing to be physically restrained by security as well as Tatjana Patitz’s confirmation that Seal’s not a terribly nice person. But never has Heidi alleged that Seal is a danger to their children. She’s only making issue of this other seemingly extraneous stuff. Here’s a photo of Seal with his kids in New York City in July as well as the details from Radar Online:


When they first split in January it was hoped that Heidi Klum and Seal’s unexpected divorce would be amicable for the sake of their children, but sadly now the gloves are coming off and things are heating up, the new issue of Star magazine is exclusively reporting.

Seal has since countered the super model’s request for primary physical custody by demanding that they both get equal time with the kids, and has also contested Heidi’s claim that there weren’t any joint assets that needed to be divvied up, Star reveals. Seal is worth $15 million, Heidi $70 million — so a lot is at stake.

Both those legal battles are still being fought and now a third disagreement is thrown into the mix after Seal used intimate shots of the children — Leni, 8; Henry, 6; Johan, 5; and Lou, 2 – in an ad campaign for a Leica digital camera without Klum’s permission.

“Heidi felt that the children had gone through enough since their parents split, and she didn’t want their private moments out there for the world to see,” said an insider. “But Seal maintained he had every right to use his personal photos – and, moreover, that it was a done deal and out of his hands.”

The German model hired a lawyer to demand that Leica retract the video and within days it was taken down.

“Heidi isn’t trying to cause trouble,” revealed the friend, explaining that Heidi has always tried hard to keep her children out of the spotlight. “She’s just trying to protect her brood. Since she filed for divorce from Seal, hes been out with more than one young woman, whereas Heidi hasn’t dated at all.”

Despite a number of reports that the reality host has been dating Germany’s Next Top Model executive Thomas Hayo, she has denied they are anything but coworkers.

“She’s not interested in beginning another relationship right now. Her primary goal is getting the kids through the divorce and making sure they are healthy and happy,” the source said.

[From Radar Online]

First off, Seal did a questionable thing by using photos of his kids in a commercial without at least notifying Heidi that he was going to do so. At the same time, it’s odd that Heidi is upset about “private moments” being revealed when she and Seal were Mr. and Mrs. PDA while they were together. It’s different for the kids, I get that. But it’s still an unexpected thing for Heidi to take issue with after all these years of sticking her tongue down Seal’s throat in public. Just saying.

Secondly, Heidi really doesn’t have a right to try and assert primary custody based on the fact that Seal’s been seeing chicks. Was he actually parading these chicks around naked in front of the kids? Doubtful. Heidi really has no leg to stand on if she’s merely complaining that Seal is dating other women. At times like these, I’m reminded of that classic “Beverly Hills 90210” moment when Dylan McKay said to Brenda Walsh, “The fact of the matter is you gave up any right to ask me questions about my sex life when you decided you didn’t want to be a part of it.” To which my father remarked, “He’s absolutely right.” And then I hid my face in a couch cushion.

Oh, and Heidi has been posting bikini photos on her Twitter account. Here she is in Sardinia.

Heidi Klum


Heidi Klum

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. Nev says:



    good times.

  2. Relli says:

    OMG the baby mannequin with no face is disturbing while scrolling down.

  3. TG says:

    If Seal is such a violent controlling person why did she have 4 kids with him? Doesn’t add up to me. Did he become violent when she stopped having kids or something? And this woman has the worst taste in fashion I have ever seen on a supermodel. Maybe he isn’t such a nice guy, I haven’t read the gossip on them since I was so disappointed in the split I didn’t bother. I just find it hard to believe he is such a bad guy when she was all lovey duvey with him and renewed their vows every year. Is this the year of the custody disputes? Usher, Scary Berry, Heidi and Kelly Rutherford?

    • Violet says:

      “If Seal is such a violent controlling person why did she have 4 kids with him? Doesn’t add up to me.”

      That’s my thinking as well. I suspect they spent too much time apart due to their careers, he was unfaithful and she retaliated by starting a smear campaign.

      From all accounts, including Heidi’s, he’s a great dad and deserves equal time with the kids.

      • Stephanie says:

        It’s very difficult to get women out of any kind of abusive situation. She may be a glamorous uber-model, but it probably took her this long to break the behavior pattern. Bet she doesn’t want Leni or Lou growing up thinking it’s okay for men to treat girlfriends like this.

      • Violet says:


        We’ll have to agree to disagree.

        I could never see Heidi choosing to have so many children with someone abusive. It just doesn’t make any sort of sense, especially since she’s not your average woman.

        She not only has immense financial resources, but she’s confident about her looks and career. If Seal hadn’t been treating her well, she would’ve left him years ago instead of renewing vows annually and popping out one baby after the other.

    • Liv says:

      I think he went through a difficult childhood…so I can imagine he has issues and is not able to handle emotion situations well. But that’s just assumption.

  4. marie says:

    yay for the 90210 reference, that’s all I got..

  5. Nanea says:

    Anyone who has ever witnessed Heidi’s sense of entitlement, or her awful temper when things are not going her way, knows that primary custody is not such a very good idea.

    • stinky says:

      shes icky and i have no idea why ANYone likes her. she’s beyond vain, w/ another annoying voice. she’s def a relentless exhibitionist and attention-hog, and whatup w/ the red nails in the first pic? they look shopped onto the foto? why?

  6. Dawn says:

    Normally I side with Heidi but in this case I have to be team Seal. She has stated more than once what a great father he is and how he is better with the kids then she is. He is going to date, he just is. Heidi just needs to let that anger go. Until he proves otherwise they should go for joint custody. The kids always seem happy so they should keep it that way.

  7. QQ says:

    So goes the Blind Item Mill ( confirmed by lainey at her bash and CDAN on his reveals) Heidi is just not the nicest most hands on mother soooo Maybe not so good?

    Attrocious however is EVERYTHING she ever wears!! My God!

  8. megs283 says:

    re her twitter feed: one of my friends is always posting “paparazzi-like” photos of herself (like…her walking down the hall of her apartment or casually standing in her kitchen). Heidi Klum is one of her idols. Glad to know I now have someone to pin this narcissistic behavior on!

  9. Reece says:

    LOL @ parental induced couch hiding.

  10. LeeLoo says:

    I never 100% bought the stories about Seal having a violent temper. Part of that may be due to the fact I love Seal’s music and I find it positive and uplifting and I may be in denial about it. I do think he is capable of being quite surly and pissy from time to time as has been evidenced in his reactions to the media bothering him. But to me, being surly and pissy doesn’t equate to violent temper. My opinion is that Heidi’s need for attention caused her to exaggerate things. I’m not 100% saying this is not the case, I’m just saying that I need more evidence of a violent temper than what has been given in the tabloids thus far because I think it sounds sketchy. I am willing to admit I may just be a Seal fan who doesn’t want to admit that he has a violent temper. I just think the gossip media went after him and blamed him due to the fact he has never been super cooperative with TMZ and other gossip sites photographing him or his kids.

    As for the kids, he was 100% in the wrong to use personal photographs without Heidi’s permission and he should be cited for that. However, Heidi needs to get over herself. She was the one to get this ball rolling. Provided he gives the kids a stable home and lifestyle when they are with him, I see no reason for there not to be a joint custody agreement. He isn’t parading new girls around when he has the kids. What he does in his personal time is no longer Heidi’s business. Unless she has evidence that seriously proves he is an unfit father, the courts will feel the same way.

    • NM6804 says:

      With the photogs, he’s annoyed. Can’t say I blame him. But straight up violent in general? No way. How many celebs cuss, spit and hurl abuse at the paps? Are they all abusive to their partners and children? Of course not. Klum tolerates them because she often courts them and profits from them by using her children to enhance her image. While all the nannies stay out of sight.

      Those violent reports came out after the split. It was very anti-Seal orientated. With even an EX-gf chipping in (because people never change of course). From a gossip point of view: who benefits? Klum. And why? Maybe because SHE has something to hide. Think about Klum’s image. It’s spotless so it’s easy to use tabs to her advantage and blame Seal for the breakdown of their marriage. I say Seal has been really nice to Klum by accepting her daughter as his own, taking care of the children for the majority of time (she is the busiest and most succesful of the two) all the while without asking for any media attention. I really can’t believe he’s such a bad father and partner because he has a temper but straight up abuse à la Sheen or Gibson? No, I can’t believe it. We would have seen or heard the evidence then by now.

      Normally the blind items are pure for fun but with the Hayo-guy, I kind of believe she is more capable of cheating than him. Klum works hard on her image. She is giving interviews more than Seal and is in the public eye more often too through her photo-ops.

      And I didn’t forget her quote on Britney saying Britney gave her parenting advice (on diapers). It may be all a front but when you work so hard at being the harmless sweet girl (Witherspoon comes to mind), I suspect the chances are you are not so nice in private. Just like they weren’t so loved up in private as they made out to be. If you can play the game that hard, I wouldn’t be surprised of anything.

    • Jayna says:

      Seal is one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Such intelligent lyrics. Prayer for the Dying is an immense song. I remember at one of the darkest periods of my life he came out with this song, Rolling. It had such meaning to me, and obviously it’s a very personal song to him, as all of his songs are.

      Rolling – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUhMRyIe2IM

    • TG says:

      @LeeLoo – I made a similar post below before I read yours. I too agree. I just am not believing that he is so violent and he might be in the wrong for using his kids for business but do we really believe she has never used the paps for her own purpose? So what is the difference. And if it is true that she is the horrible parent as was mentioned above in a lainey reveal than why can’t Seal put that to the Court? Darn, I wish I was single, he seems like a loving husband a father I would have more kids with him in a minute. I always loved them together but I never 100% bought Heidi’s saccharine statements about how she loves to work and still has all this time to be a great hands on mom. That just isn’t possible with the amount of work she was doing. Those kids have to be being raised by nannies and grannies. Not saying that is wrong but don’t pretend to be this awesome mom making the rest of us feel like sh*t. I was hopeing they would work things out since they were my favorite high profile couple.

  11. wonderwoman21 says:

    Well what else is he gonna date, other seals?

  12. Kosmos says:

    I saw a live TMZ video where he had yelled at Heidi outside of a clothing store…I think he does have a bad temper and might be controlling, but with all these people, they obviously have a good side, too. If their angry side is destructive, however, that’s not a good thing and you would not want to live with them for long.

  13. Melissa says:

    Where the hell did Seal get those totally fug pants? They look like they’re meant for somebody 200lbs. heavier than he is and about 6 inches shorter.

    Oh – and yes, the faceless baby mannequin is nightmare inducing.

    Re: hiding in the couch – I always just wanted to melt away when I was a young teen and watching TV alone with my Dad and a tampon commercial would come on.

  14. Anon says:

    I saw him in concert recently; he has definitely regained his MOJO; it was fantastic. He has an effortless wit; not at all egoistic.

  15. Brasileira says:


  16. Luise says:

    Heidi certainly has an over done nose job.

  17. Boodiba says:

    It’s just sad. If they couldn’t make it work I don’t know who can.

  18. RHONYC says:

    LMAO @ Seal’s Man-purse with matching Manny (male nanny).

    good times. 😉

  19. Blue says:

    I can believe that Seal might have a temper and lose it from time to time but i really don’t think Heidi is that easy to get along with either. They probably had a toxic relationship where, when things are good, they’re great and when they’re bad, its a war zone. That’s probably why they were renewing their vows every year. Also she said herself that he’s better with the kids and he’s a great father. Him dating other women shouldn’t affect the custody arrangement.

  20. TG says:

    @Stephanie – I understand it is difficult to get women out of violent situations but somehow I don’t see Heidi as the submissive woman lacking in self-esteem willing to let a man abuse her. Like I said, maybe he is I just am not going to believe that without more evidence, but as I said before I didn’t bother reading anything about their split and all the allegations. I just wish these women and men to, for that matter could figure out how to share. It is interesting that the violence is okay just so long as mom is around but once she decides to get out she suddenly decides he is bad and too violent to be around. And all the while praising how amazing he is and how much she loves him and having 4 children with him and parading around the world as one happy lovey family. It just doesn’t ring true same for scary berry. I always think if these women complain about how bad the dad is maybe the judge should remove custody from the moms for having bad judgement.

  21. Jayna says:

    There’s an upshot to this breakup. While System was great when he was with Heidi, his last original album was such a generic love album. He had lost his creative fire. He is back with Trevor Horn creating a new album. With this change in his life for the good and for the sad, I am excited for new music from him. He’s one of my favorite performers.

    Live in New York just last month =


  22. jferber says:

    I can believe she’d have kids with him and gush about him in an abusive relationship. Very few abusers abuse in front of other people (besides the woman). No matter how affable or talented or whatever a man is, means NOTHING when he’s behind closed doors. I remember being at SUNY Binghamton volunteering for a Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. To my great surprise, many male professors’ wives were constant callers. These are the same professors explaining quantum physics or waxing poetic on Shakespeare. It’s easy for an outsider to say, “I can’t believe HE would do that.” Believe it. So I could believe that Seal is abusive. A man who could abuse his wife is not exempt from abusing his children, especially if he’s alone with the kids. Heidi needs to get her ducks in a row for this battle.

    • TG says:

      I can totally seeing a professor being the abusive type. I mean many of them thrive on their egos and like to lord their powers over subordinates.

    • LeeLoo says:

      I totally see what you are saying. None of us knows what went on behind closed doors. He could be abusive for all we know. Many abusers are the last person you expect. They will seem really cool in front of others but their s/o know a different story and endures much abuse.

      However, there is something about Heidi’s story that doesn’t sit well with me at all and seems more like she is going on the offensive and trying to hide something by attacking Seal. She has always been extremely fame hungry and always seeking attention in drastic ways (look at her Halloween parties and costumes and look at the year vow renewal). Something about this divorce strikes me as Heidi didn’t get her way and Heidi is going out of her way to try and destroy Seal’s reputation.

      Now it could be the media. We have no direct quotes from her saying she was abused or that Seal had a violent temper. His ex-girlfriend was the only one who made a direct statement. Seal has never been paparazzi friendly. The ones who are the least pap friendly always wind up turning into the bad guy when something like this happens. It could be the media maligning him without Heidi.

      Or for all we know, Heidi could be telling the truth. It’s hard to say. The way this has been portrayed in the media though makes me not buy it. However, it is completely within the realm of possibility that everything everyone has said about Seal is true. But I personally do not believe it at this time.

  23. JRenee says:

    Sounds like this is going to be messier…if he has been the primary care giver then why not joint custody?

  24. BitterB says:

    I agree with Kathy Griffin-she does have dead eyes.

  25. Aud says:

    So Heidi is taking a leaf out of Halle Berry’s book of divorce?
    As for Delta Goodrem and Seal, that was nothing because Delta was dating the host of the Australian Voice at the time.
    There was absolutely nothing controversial about Seal’s time in Australia. If there was, the media would have latched onto it, as they did, for example, with Chris Noth and his sleazy advances towards women.

  26. mst says:

    I know this is mean but maybe she got sick of waking up to that face every morning. Seriously, the man is hideous.