Heidi Klum admits she’s dating her bodyguard with weird People exclusive

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum has made an odd move in confirming her relationship with her bodyguard (ex-bodyguard? I’ll get to that in a minute), Martin Kristen, by releasing some details in a new exclusive with People. To recap, some photos surfaced last month of Heidi and Martin looking awfully cozy during a vacation with Heidi and Seal’s children. In the aftermath, Seal popped off to TMZ about how he expected much better from Heidi than for her to “fornicate with the help,” and he wished that Heidi “would have shown a little more class and at least wait until we separated first.” He ended his rant with “I guess you all now have the answer that you’ve been waiting for for the past seven months.” The obvious implication there was that Heidi and Seal divorced because she was banging the bodyguard on the side, but of course, Seal tried to backtrack and say he didn’t mean it like that. Whatever.

A few days later, Heidi spoke out, but she kept it vague by saying “Seal has moved on and so have I,” which was a statement that seemed to inform the world that she might be banging Martin, but she definitely wasn’t doing so while they were married. Now People has the “inside story” that includes details from Heidi’s appearance on the new Katie Couric talk show but also, creepily, word from some Klum insiders about why she and Martin are so good together. I’m illustrating the story with some photos of Heidi and Martin over the past few years. They seem like they’d be an odd couple, but I guess that’s a non-issue now that we know they’re together:

When rumors surfaced that relations between Heidi Klum and her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kirsten, weren’t strictly professional, it was unclear what was really going on. “It’s complicated,” a friend of Klum’s tells PEOPLE, explaining that Kirsten, also 39, is Klum’s “no. 1 confidante.”

Well, someone cue Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” because it seems like Klum is singing a different tune: On Wednesday’s episode of Katie Couric’s new daytime talk show, Klum, 39, admits, “[Martin]’s a great man and recently we just got to know each other from a completely different side.”

“He’s been with our family for the last four years. He’s cared for our four children and helped us tremendously,” Klum also said during her Katie interview. “I trust him with my children’s life.” And her happiness, too, apparently. “He was always her rock,” says an insider. “While everything was crumbling in her personal life he was there for her.”

In addition, “he shows real care and concern for her and her children,” adds the Klum pal. “She relies on him. It’s a little bit of cliché with The Bodyguard movie. I don’t know what will happen in their lives.”

Why They Work
After seeing photos of the model-mogul and the South African bodyguard on a recent beach vacation to Sardinia with Klum’s family, the attraction between the pair isn’t hard to figure out.

“Tall and handsome are very accurate words for him,” says a source. “He can be funny and light but he’s also very professional, which is why I’m really surprised” by the relationship.

Trained in private personal protection with weapons, “Martin takes his job very seriously,” echoes another family source. “It’s not like him to cross the line with a client. At the same time it’s totally understandable. Martin is very loyal to Heidi. They had a friendship that turned romantic.”

For a person like Klum, who is not a regular in the Hollywood social scene, it’s easy to understand why she would fall for a guy close to home. “If there’s someone around who knows your children and knows everything around you, it’s pretty comfortable and easy to connect,” says the Klum friend.

One person who wasn’t thrilled with the news? Klum’s estranged husband Seal, 49, who declared his dismay in a now infamous TMZ video in which he said he wished Klum “waited until we separated before deciding to fornicate with the help.”

“He’s upset,” says a source close to the singer, who only learned of the budding relationship when the rumors made headlines. “What really bothers Seal was this guy was a dear friend. They called each other ‘brother.’ He feels betrayed.”

[From People]

Isn’t that a nice little detail at the end about why Klum’s people believe that Seal is upset? Such maneuvering has occurred on both sides of this divorce. Meanwhile, other details from Heidi’s interview with Couric leaked earlier this week, most notably with Heidi claiming that nothing happened with Martin when she was with Seal: “When we were together, I never looked at another man.” In addition, this week’s issue of In Touch reveals that Heidi has hired a new bodyguard, who was apparently at her side on Sept. 4 and 7 during a trip to NYC. Who knows if this means that Martin is no longer employed by Heidi, but I’m guessing that he probably is. This new bodyguard is probably just there for the damage control because, yeah, it looks bad for Heidi to be sleeping with anyone that she pays. It’s kind of a Gosselin move.

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  1. Aud says:

    If this guy was considered a friend by Seal, then his anger is understandable.
    Either way, the bodyguard did step over the line.

    • Blupp says:

      both did, heidi also shouldnt have anything going on with an employee. especially someone who is responsible for the safety.
      the bodyguard will have to face harder professional consequeces when its ends though

    • Liv says:

      He’s sad because they called each other brother? Come on!I can totally imagine Seal saying brother to everyone!

    • NM6804 says:


      He’s not a good friend and Klum is not an innoncent wronged wife.

      Turn the tables around and hear a man talk about a nanny for instance about the woman ‘always being a rock’ and ‘really care about the children’, vacationing together. That must be horrible for Seal after all those years, like he was never a rock or didn’t care about her or the children? Ouch.

      You know, the relationship might have been shaky or bad, but talking about another man and your children so soon after the separation is just brutal. Seal knew the guy very well and now he’s off being the next Prince Charming for Klum.

  2. GoodCapon says:

    Ruh roh

  3. andy says:

    why does she always fornicate with such ugly men???

  4. mln76 says:

    Lainey had a blind about this almost immediately after the divorce. The blind doesn’t make her sound like a very loving mother either.

    • Liv says:

      Yeah, and the hint with the bodyguard is very telling now, isn’t it? I can’t imagine her being such a bad mother. After all she seemed like she truly cares for them. But who knows.

  5. Cathy says:

    Whatever makes her happy. If he makes her happy, then go for it. I think he’s kinda ugly though. But Seal is ugly to.

    • Dawn says:

      Ditto. And nothing happened until Seal was totally gone and doing other women himself. No big deal if you ask me. Sooner or later both Seal and Heidi will have new people in their life and the children will adjust.

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      Agreed. If I saw Seal on the street I’d scream and run.

  6. Blake says:

    I read a blind riddle on LaineyGossip a couple of months ago and I thought it was Heidi Klum, but I wasn’t 100% sure until this whole story about her and her bodyguard came out. Never liked Heidi and definitely don’t like her now.

    Here’s the blind riddle from Lainey:

    She’s supposed to be the doting mother. Ask the people who help her with her kids. They certainly don’t agree.

    First of all she’s never around. And when she’s present she’s distant, not only not involved, but almost irresponsible about it. One of her children may have developmental challenges. As such, diet can exacerbate the issue. Since she can only spend so much time with her children, and often slotted in like appointments in her schedule, she doesn’t bother observing the food requirements that can help with the child’s behaviour. Mom supplies junk food because it’s quick and dirty so that she can get out of there that much faster. When the kid acts out because of the sh-t he’s just consumed, she’s incapable of dealing with it and takes off anyway.

    It’s left then to the staff to raise her family. How does she treat them? Nannies’ cell phones are confiscated at 8am and not returned until 10pm. There’s a trusting and kind working environment, non? Totally encourages loyalty.

    As you expect, bosses like this always play favourites. Her favourite? Curiously enough, it’s the bodyguard. He’s been seen rubbing her feet. Of course that had nothing to do with the separation …even though the foot massages have been happening for a while now.

    It’s not Gwyneth Paltrow.

  7. Anne de Vries says:

    ‘fornicate with the help’ though? Douchey, Seal.

  8. Skins says:

    I guess she is fornicating with the help

  9. Kim says:

    I guess it will be OK for Seal to fornicate with the nanny.What happens when she breaks up w BG does he keep his job?

  10. Esmom says:

    “Recently we just got to know each other from a completely different side.”

    Oh yes, a naked side. *shudders*

    She bugs the crap out of me. I am a Project Runway fan and I really just can’t with her anymore on that show alone. Her grating, often gleefully, obnoxiously rude commentary is awful.

    I can totally imagine that BI being true.

    Oh, and this guy looks like a scary thug.

  11. Toot says:

    I understand Seal’s feelings. As for Heidi not getting with the bodyguard until after the breakup, I don’t believe her. This is the woman who was pregnant checking out a man in a hotel lobby in biker shorts, and then I guess approaching him. (That is how she met Seal)

    So yeah, Heidi is no shrinking violet.

  12. Melissa says:

    Wow – that dude has a major pinhead.

  13. Diva says:

    So sounds like Seal was right. I don’t believe for a second that she ended up with this man so quickly after divorce and she wasn’t involved with him before hand.

  14. TG says:

    I think Seal is acting outrageously out of anger and jealousy but Heidi is the bigger douche. No way in the world was she innocent with this guy before her split with Seal. I would bet this was the cause of the split. Maybe they didn’t cross the line physically but cheating emotionally is just as bad. She is such a gross loser and this guy is pulling a Casper Smart if there ever was one. Heidi and JHO sure know how to look low for their jumpoffs. I think Heidi is just looking for another knight in shining armour just like Seal was for her for a few years. Can’t stand this woman anymore. I used to adore her she was always going on an on about how wonderful Seal was and how happy they were together and at one red carpet inteview I remember her being asked who she was excited to see or meet and she said no one she had Seal with her and that was all the person she wanted to see.

  15. Dani says:

    Wow whats with the hate for Heidi?? I kind of always really liked her, and it sometimes seemed like Seal was pretty douchey. Also that blind item on Lainey? Such garbage. Just because Heidi publicly moved on first (which she’s allowed to do) doesn’t make her the bad person.

    • Yasmine says:

      I think people are looking at how seal said she was cheating with the bodyguard during their relationship and she denied it yet she’s now in a relationship with said bodyguard. It looks really suspicious.

  16. Nina says:

    I still think Heidi is manipulative and used Seal. And the body guard, if he is now lover, I think there is a vacancy, like when a mistress marries her lover. Then what does he do for a job? Not much respect for Heidi left.

  17. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I wonder if Seal sang Kiss from a rose one too many times which drove Heidi into the arms of her bodyguard who only trills songs from The sound of music, upon request.

  18. moja31 says:

    I’ve always liked Heidi, and loved her and Seal together. this kind of weirds me out though, and a I don’t believe for a second that this all suddenly materialized after they split. Even if it somehow did materialize post split, it seems like the bodyguard overstepped the bounds of his position by getting emotionally involved with an employer. Imagine for a second if this were reversed, and man hooked up with and talked about his nanny in this way, nobody would have a positive reaction to that, and nobody would be congratulating him on finding happiness.
    I always felt seal was a stand up guy and really loved heidi based on how they got together, and how he raised her daughter as is own, this bodyguard thing kind of makes me feel sorry for him, like he got screwed around on. I hope they stay civil for their kids.

  19. PrincessMe says:

    I don’t know if I believe this. When they just separated wasn’t he hinting that he wanted her back. Would he act like that if he knew about the bodyguard and that’s why they separated?
    Like I said, I don’t know what happened or who to believe, but… I take a lot of this with a grain of salt. And blind items are crap to me (JMO).

  20. Garrnish Utley says:

    She should’ve started boning the bodyguard a long time ago, way before she produced those three little monsters.

  21. Daneen says:

    I’m curious to see if bodyguard dude will replace Seal as Heidi’s Halloween party sidekick.

  22. LeeLoo says:

    It makes sense that Heidi would call Seal abusive. She was hiding the fact she was banging the bodyguard.

    It pisses me off that Seal was maligned in this whole situation. It sounds like Heidi and her bodyguard may have began while he was on tour last year.

    Yeah, Seal should have been the bigger person and not said a damn word about “fornicating with the help.” But his anger is justifiable if the reason they are divorcing is because she was fooling around with the bodyguard during their marriage and I will totally buy it that they were! I always felt she went on the attack first because she had something to hide.

    • Anon73 says:

      @LeeLoo – agreed !!

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Me too. Everyone was and is so willing to believe that he’s a monster and she’s a wronged princess of virtue–based on little more than the fact that his response to being betrayed was too arch to be sympathetic? Maybe he’s a bit standoffish since everybody decided that everything that ever went wrong in his marriage was 100 per cent his fault and she’s some kind of heroine for freeing herself of him and finding happiness. Whether you sympathize with him or not, she’s made him look like a fool to the world, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he feels like she pulled some kind of long con on him (whether she did or didn’t is immaterial to the broken heart and closely-held conviction) because she certainly wasn’t interested in giving it another shot–this is her choice and we don’t know why exactly she has made it. I’m just thinking, the guy’s obviously hurting, the world decided that he deserves it all, so I think some slack is in order.

      That’s his family, that’s his wife, those are his kids.

  23. Anon73 says:

    Seems Heidi is in massive spin. Very disappointing and cliche to see her get involved with someone like the bodyguard.

    Thinking this DEFINITELY DID happen during the marriage.

    “Cozyiness” between two people does not “just happen”.

    No wonder Seal made comment he did about her fornicating with the help.

    Also think it’s massive “spin” by camp Heidi that “Seal is disappointed b/c he and bodyguard were like brothers.”

    Er, *more* likely, Seal is disappointed the woman who is his wife and mother to his children, had an affair.

    Extra sting the person she has the affair with is someone he employed to protect his wife and children.


  24. Amanda_M87 says:

    Off topic but Heidi’s nose creeps me out.

  25. Mire2012 says:

    She has the right to be happy. Seal should be thankful for all the happiness this beautiful woman brought to his life and visceversa. It’s over and it’s HER life, there is no place to judge her or him, period. Next!