Heidi Klum Battles Ex-Husband Seal Over Kids in Court

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Heidi Klum is asking for an emergency hearing to bring her four children to Germany with her to film Next Top Model later this year.

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Heidi Klum and Seal Battle over kids leaving the US

In the America’s Got Talent judge’s filing asking for the hearing, Heidi claims ex-husband Seal does not want the children to travel to Europe because he is concerned about COVID-19.

The pair share four children: Leni, 16, Henry, 14, Johan, 13, and Lou, 10.

People magazine obtained the declaration on Thursday (Aug 20). And in it, Heidi said that while she and The Masked Singer alum share custody of their kids, they spend the majority of their time living with her.

Seal’s time with kids “sporadic at best” declares Heidi

“Henry’s time with our children is sporadic at best,” Heidi wrote in her declaration.

Contractually obligated to film season 16 of Germany’s Next Top Model in October, Heidi said that she usually brings the kids with her when she has to travel for work. However, Seal “has not yet approved of this trip.”

“I am well aware of all of the necessary precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus, and would never put our children at risk — I have taken all the precautions for Germany the same way I do in the United States,” Heidi wrote in her declaration, adding that she is “grateful” to have the ability to work given the current state of the economy.

Usually Next Top Model is filmed in Los Angeles to accommodate her family, but the German cast and crew members are unable to enter the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seal can visit, take children at Christmas

“There will be a three-week break for the Christmas holidays … Though the children were originally slated to spend this Christmas break with me (as Henry spent Christmas 2019 with them), I am willing to agree that Henry spend the Christmas break with them again this year so that the children can be with their father during this time, if Henry would like this,” wrote Heidi.

“Also, as Henry [Seal] has a British passport, he would be able to visit the children while they are in Germany if he wishes to do so,” she added.

Klum said that Seal agreed to let the children travel with her back in April, but that he changed his mind.

Heidi says kids do not want to stay in LA with Seal, Daughter petitions court

“I tried to work this out with Henry directly to no avail,” Heidi wrote, claiming that the children do not  want to stay in Los Angeles with their dad. “It could not possibly be in their best interests,” she wrote.

Daughter Leni also submitted a declaration to the court.

“This is hard because I love both of my parents, but I feel like I need to speak up. I understand that my siblings are too young to speak to the judge, so I am happy to speak for all of us,” she wrote. “My mom needs to film in Germany for a few months and my siblings and I want to go with her.”

“So far, my dad is not allowing us to go, though we have tried to tell him our reasons why we want to,” Leni said, adding that traveling to Germany would be an “amazing opportunity” for all four of them, and they would be able to see their grandparents. Leni claimed the other children are frightened at the prospect of being away from their mother for so long.

Heidi and Seal finalized their divorce in October 2014 after nine years of marriage. She married Tom Kaulitz last year.

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6 Comments

  1. kids don’t always make good decisions … with covid 19 , they should stay put…

  2. Covid is way worse here in the states than in Germany. His concern, while valid, does not seem a good reason to keep them from being with their mom. They spend most of their time with Heidi so a forced separation may not be in the best interest of the children, especially with all everyone is already dealing with. Having said that, who knows if there are other problems?

  3. It’s too bad these things are made public via publicly-available court documents and/or leaks from lawyers and family members.

    The People mag article quotes from a letter the daughter wrote to Seal, her father. Shouldn’t that be kept private? I guess the daughter made it public? She’s only 16.

    This should all be a private family matter. It’s not the public’s business.

  4. IF the kids could get to Germany safely in the first place, that’s probably a better place for them, since COVID is rampant in the US (including L.A.), and is better-controlled in Germany. The fact that Seal agreed to the plan in April is irrelevant. Much has changed since then. I am not sure Heidi has thought this through. She offers to give Seal the three-week Christmas break (which under normal circumstances might be a reasonable offer). But how does Heidi envision that happening? Either the children would have to make a trip to the U.S. and back, or Seal would have to travel to Europe and back. Is Heidi aware that older men (Seal is 57) are at higher risk of poorer outcomes from a COVID infection, including death? Also, the current situation is not static. There is a risk of more closed borders (re Heidi’s suggestion that Seal could fly to Britain). Finally, Leni isn’t being realistic in thinking she can visit her grandparents. At a minimum, the children would need to quarantine first so as not to present a risk to their grandparents. The other children are 10, 13, and 14. I doubt they are “frightened” of being away from their mother. That seems like it’s based on a stereotype. Still, there is always info we’re not privy to. I don’t envy the court.

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