Heidi Klum and Seal: Over too soon?
Do some parents give up too easily?
Heidi Klum and Seal (Getty Images)
Heidi Klum, and Seal’s recent confirmation that they are going to split after seven years of marriage, because they ‘grew apart,’ shocked the entertainment industry and the couple’s many fans. Top model, Heidi Klum, 38, and the multi-selling album singer Seal, 48, were considered by many to have an enviably rock-solid marriage.

Kids caught in the crossfire

What is particularly disturbing about this splitis that the couple have four children, Heidi’s daughter, Leni, 6, (who Seal adopted) and the couple’s 3 children (two sons Henry, 6,  and Johan, 5, and daughter Lou, 2).

As a couple with four young kids one would have hoped that they should have worked harder to make their marriage last for the sake of their children.  It’s obvious the children are going to miss the security of having two parents under the same roof.

Reading about this power couple’s marriage demise, one wonders if they ever considered the impact their impending divorce will have on their four young children. What would have given this marriage hope is the absence of infidelity in this relationship. Some sources, such as TMZ, claim that Heidi could no longer take Seal’s ‘volcanic temper’. As serious as this problem may be it could have been helped by anger management.

Disposable relationships

One wonders if the couple is just following the new culture where marriage is seen as disposable. Instead of working out seemingly insurmountable problems some married couples may quickly seek divorce. I’m of the opinion that parents should use all resources available to make sure that that they keep their marriage intact. With all the millions this couple has in the bank surely they can afford to hire the best counsellors in the world to save this marriage?

Instead of mending their marriage many couples choose to end their marriage. After the announcement of the split,  Seal appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and confessed about his feelings on his soon to be ex wife saying: “…She's still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world. I think our priority was to remain civil and do this thing with dignity. We still very much love each other. It's not a question of we were never to follow suit of some breakup or separations that you hear about, especially in our industry. It's a shame. To say that neither of us was grieving would be an out and out lie, and I don't mind telling you that. I think the operative here is that we are civil to each other and we both have a tremendous amount of respect and love and we try and do this with as much dignity as we possibly can. And of course, when you have four children, you hope and pray that the rest of the world will respect that we have four children and that their little hearts are at stake, too.”

Reading these words spoken by Seal it’s easy to conclude that this marriage, with a little bit of work and counselling, could have been saved. I think the couple should put their children’s needs ahead of theirs and ensure that their brood grows up with two loving parents living under one roof. As it is, they are giving up too easily.

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