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Seal: Heidi Klum and I Have ‘Never Had Teamwork’ Coparenting Our Kids

On opposing sides. Seal and Heidi Klum finalized their divorce in 2014 and haven’t had an easy time coparenting their four kids.

“It can be challenging,” the singer, 58, exclusively told Us Weekly on Monday, May 24, of keeping Leni, 17, Henry, 15, Johan, 14, and Lou, 11, grounded while promoting his 68th annual Boomtown Gala performance. “It requires teamwork. If you are a team, if both parents are a team, then it’s really easy and that’s not a real challenge at all. … But you have to be a team. And if you’re not a team, then it can all fall to pieces.”

Seal and Heidi Klum. Andrew Gombert/EPA/Shutterstock; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

When asked if the Grammy winner had that with his supermodel ex-wife, 47, he replied, “No. … I never had that teamwork [with Klum]. We never had teamwork.”

He and the former Project Runway host split in 2012, seven years after tying the knot. The model has since gone on to wed Tom Kaulitz, while Seal is currently dating a secret someone who makes him “extremely happy” and is all about “love and teamwork.”

Last year, he and the Germany’s Next Top Model host made a temporary tweak to their custody agreement. Klum filed an emergency motion in August 2020 claiming that he would not allow their children to travel abroad with her amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The kids want to be with Heidi,” a source told Us at the time. “She has to go to Germany because of limitations of crew coming to the United States during [the pandemic], so she is bringing them back for a few weeks at Christmas to spend time with their dad.”

The former couple reached an agreement the following week. “From October 19, 2020 through and including December 19, 2020, and again from January 9, 2021 through and including February 23, 2021, Heidi shall be permitted to travel to Germany with the children,” read court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, noting that the “Kissed By a Rose” singer would be entitled to “expanded time with the children” upon their return.

The British songwriter went on to tell Us on Monday that his eldest daughter following in Klum’s modeling footsteps wouldn’t have been his first choice for the teen. “That’s a precarious road to take,” he explained, saying that it “seldom” ends in happiness.

Leni and her siblings are “just not all that impressed” with their dad’s singing career, he added. “We never really talk about my music at all.”

Seal called his and Klum’s kids’ lives an “extremely privileged” one. He explained, “Our children don’t have challenges in the grand scheme of things. … They live in a nice house. They don’t have to worry about food on the table. They have the benefit of a great education.”

The former Voice Australia coach, who is all about using privilege to help others, performed at the 68th annual Boomtown Gala on Sunday, May 23. The virtual event benefited Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, CASA, The Rape Foundation and other local charities. “Anytime one gets the opportunity to do something for children, then that’s obviously a good thing,” Seal gushed to Us.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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