It really is over.
Nearly three months after announcing their surprising separation, Heidi Klum has made it official and filed for divorce from Seal on Friday afternoon.
A petition, which lists irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, seeks joint legal custody and primary physical custody of their four kids.
In other words, she wishes to live primarily with Leni, 7½, Henry, 6½, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2, but with ample visitation and joint legal rights for Seal.
The model is also seeks to have her maiden name restored. She legally changed it to Seal's, Samuel, though professionally she kept using Klum.
"While we enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching, we have decided to separate," the couple said.
"We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart."
For the couple who wed in Mexico in 2005, the split played out in headlines as the end of a fairy tale as both gradually stopped wearing wedding rings.Although multiple sources claimed that
Seal was vocal about their split in the weeks following their announcement, and not for the purposes of trashing Heidi. Just ... to talk about it.
"When you publicize your marriage as much as ours was publicized, when you renew your wedding vows, when you do all those things, what you are saying to people is … you're giving people a picture of an ideal relationship," he said.
"So when it goes south, you can't all of a sudden take the philosophy of a monk and decide to go for a complete vow of silence."
The quieter Heidi Klum, 38, acknowledged in the April issue of Elle that she couldn't control what Seal, 49, said to the press, but "it's hard."
"People don't need to know who did what," she said. "I don't want to talk positively or negatively about the ups and downs that we had."