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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.

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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.

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Heidi Klum took the stage this weekend when UNICEF, a global charity organization, held a karaoke event with celebrities to raise money for a school in Africa.

At the event, Klum was set to sing “My Girl” with Smokey Robinson. He never showed up, which could've been a disaster, but things took a very positive turn.

The New York Post reported that Klum came out and told the audience the news: “Smokey stood me up. He was supposed to sing ‘My Girl’ with me."

"Will anybody else sing with me?”

Little did she know, there were other plans in motion. The host of the event suggested everybody join together in a rendition of the Village People’s "YMCA."

It turned out to be quite the star-studded performance!

Klum tweeted photos of the event showing herself and other celebrities in Village People attire. The celebrities joining Klum included Wayne Brady, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, and Castle stars Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever.

Talk about making awesome lemonade out of lemons.

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With the exception of a single tweet on January 31, Heidi Klum has had nothing to say about her shocking divorce from Seal, her husband since 2005.

Until now.

"I feel like I'm in the eye of the tornado," she tells Elle. "It's emotions inside your body that are a tornado. And then the outside world doing all this craziness - with you wanting it or not wanting it - is another tornado."

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"But as hard as it is, so is life," adds the 38-year-old mother of four.

"Sometimes I think a curveball just comes at you. Instead of something straight that you catch, it hits you in the head from the side that you didn't expect."

Klum acknowledges there had been problems in the marriage.

"To the outside world, you don't really share all the things that happen. You kind of share just the most amazing sides," Klum notes. "But I don't really want to get into any of that stuff. With my life, my family, my business - I want to go forward."

"I feel like already there are so many things being said about us - about him, about me. I'm not going to comment. Otherwise it makes you angry."

"You can't always call and say, 'This is not true, but this part is true.'"

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Seal is speaking out ... about speaking out about his divorce.

The reason he's been so forthcoming about his recent split with Heidi Klum, according to the singer, is to promote his upcoming tour because we deserve to know.

He's generous, that Seal.

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"When you publicize your marriage as much as ours was, when you renew wedding vows, all those things ... you're painting a picture of an ideal relationship that people aspire to," he said on the Australian radio show Fifi and Jules.

"So, when it goes south, you can't all of a sudden take the philosophy of a monk and decide to go for a vow of silence," the singer continued.

"It doesn't really work like that. I certainly respect my wife's decision not to talk about that, but I felt that people at least deserved some kind of explanation why that picture of the ideal relationship wasn't what they thought it was."

Seal really went above and beyond full disclosure, though.

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While the recently-separated Seal and Heidi Klum originally hoped to reconcile, a reunion might not be in their future after all, according to those close to the couple.

"They had both been wearing their wedding rings and had mutually thought they might be able to work it out," one source says of the pair, who got married in '05.

"But it doesn't look like it's going that way."

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In fact, less than a month after the couple confirmed they were separating after nearly seven years of marriage, Seal was spotted sans wedding ring last week.

That's a contrast from his earlier sentiment that he had "no intention of taking [his ring] off anytime soon." Klum has been spotted out without her ring as well.

The couple also spent Valentine's Day in different countries, as Seal worked in Australia, while Klum, 38, kept close company with her friends in Los Angeles.

There have been reports that Seal pushed Heidi Klum in a pre-divorce fight, but the pair has not elaborated on the reasons for their surprising breakup.

Nor will they. In fact, it looks like she's already moving on as a single mom.

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Seal's split from Heidi Klum was one of the most shocking celebrity divorces in recent memory, but the parting of ways appeared to have been scandal-free.

Or was it? A new tabloid report suggests that may not be the case.

According to an alleged family insider, the couple, who married in May 2005, got into a full-blown screaming match at their L.A. home in mid-January.

A screaming match that led to even worse.

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"Heidi told friends that Seal just lost it," the insider said, according to Radar and Star. "He was screaming - and, she said, he pushed her. It was horrible."

The encounter escalated to the point that Heidi's security guard had to intervene, reports say. "He had to physically restrain Seal," the source adds.

While Seal's temper has been widely rumored as a cause of the breakup, it's not clear if this fight or any other incidents pushed Heidi over the edge.

Publicly, at least, the pair insists the separation is mutual and amicable, and Seal even said on Ellen that a reconciliation may happen down the line.

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Heidi Klum has broken her silence since she and Seal announced their separation last week, Tweeting thanks to her supporters in the wake of her surprise split.

The supermodel who hadn't Tweeted since January 15, acknowledged those who've helped her so far through the split from her husband of over six years.

"Hi everyone, I want to thank u for all your support & kind words," Klum wrote. "[It] really means so much. Thanks again to the best fans in the world! xoHeidi"

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Seal, meanwhile, has given several interviews, and has described how he and Klum broke the news of their split to their children, while promoting his new album.

The singer also recently said on CNN that a reconciliation may happen.

Klum and Seal decided to part ways "after much soul-searching," they said in a statement. "We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and we will continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart."

A holiday trip in December was said to be the final straw for the couple.

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Hell is a strong word, but that's what Us chooses to describe Heidi Klum's marriage to Seal, which is coming to an end after nearly seven years of bliss together.

While reconciliation is still on the table, and the couple is still wearing their wedding rings, the tabloid tells a dramatically different story regarding the duo.

One focused on Seal's temper, apparently.

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While jealousy over Heidi's career was reportedly a source of friction between the two, as well as the time they spent apart, "vicious fights" may be a stretch.

Clearly, things weren't perfect, otherwise they'd still be together, but that doesn't mean their split has to be this shocking, violent, combative affair, does it?

The couple says: "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate."

"This is an amicable process and while we have had the deepest respect for one another and continue to love each other very much, we have grown apart."

Could it be that's actually true? And that while it was certainly the most shocking celebrity divorce of the year, it isn't a contentious or scandalous battle?

Sure, but that doesn't sell magazines, right Us?

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Of all the celebrity breakups of late, theirs was the most shocking. But is there a chance that Seal and Heidi Klum will call off their divorce and give it another go?

Despite the very real "problems" behind their separation, which they confirmed Monday, Heidi Klum and Seal still don't rule out the possibility of getting back together.

Not just because they're still wearing their wedding rings, either (they are).

"It may happen, I can't speak for her," Seal told Piers Morgan. "Is it irreparable? You can never say never. The thing I love most about us is that we are a team."

"That won't change, whether we get back together or not."

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"I don't know at this point, to be honest [if I want to reconcile]. If it were that easy – if there weren't problems, we'd still be together. That is the reality," Seal said.

One thing is certain; he still has feelings for Heidi Klum.

"My love for her has not waned, not one iota," he says. "I love her with all my heart. How can you not love somebody [who] you've spent eight years with?"

He shot down "malicious" rumors that he's "wearing his ring for show," saying, "I'm still wearing my wedding ring because I'm still married to this incredible woman."

"What this means to me and what it stands for [is] respect," he continues. "It stands for loyalty, it stands for incredible memories, and for these four little miracles – and Heidi, making five – that have come into my life."

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There have been so many shocking celebrity divorces lately, even by Hollywood standards. Not just breakups, but actual marriages crumbling before our eyes.Seal, Heidi Klum

Some did surprise us more than others, but we can honestly say we didn't see any of these divorce filings - all from the last 12 months alone! - coming at all.

Which of these splits shocked you the most? Vote in our poll below ...

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10. Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard. The New Girl star and the Death Cab For Cutie member certainly seemed like a perfect match. Apparently not.

9. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Okay, not all that surprising for myriad reasons we have been over ad nauseam on THG. But 72 days?! Idiots.

8. Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Like Kim and Kris, nothing about these two truly shocks us. Except her running off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon.

7. Leah Messer and Corey Simms. The stars of Teen Mom 2 seem so happy ... on the episodes that are still airing now! Well, not last night's. Still!

6. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Seemed an odd fit at the start, but their split came totally out of left field. Now she's taking nitrous hits. Nitrous.

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5. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Apparently not the marrying type.

4. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. Remember them? We forgot too.

3. Katy Perry and Russell Brand. They're polar opposites, but were so crazy about each other and we thought it was just crazy enough to last forever.

2. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. The heiress to the Kennedy political dynasty and the Governator seemed as rock solid as they come.

1. Heidi Klum and Seal. Still fresh, but as stunning as any other celeb divorce we can remember based on the couple's perpetual displays of love.

Which celebrity divorce filing shocked you most?

 

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