Seal has been open about the end of his nearly seven years of marriage to Heidi Klum, and he recently explained the reason why. During a Thursday, February 23 interview on Australian radio show Fifi and Jules, the four-time Grammy winner said he believes people deserve to get explanation about their split.
"When you publicize your marriage as much as our marriage was publicized, when you renew 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 that people aspire to," the 49-year-old singer, who's in the Land Down Under to work on the country's version of "The Voice", began his explanation.
"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. It doesn't really work like that," he continued on. "I respect my wife's decision not to talk about that, but I felt that people at least deserved some kind of explanation why the picture of the ideal wasn't what they thought it was."
During the chat, the "Let's Stay Together" singer also admitted, "It's a difficult time." He added, "The best that one can do in this situation is handle it with dignity and civility...I tried my very best to protect the general welfare of my family, my wife included. It is a difficult time and you would hope you can behave like adults and try and protect those who are most important in this, which are your family."
Seal and Klum announced their separation in the wee hours of January 23. In a joint statement about the split, they said, "After much soul searching, we have decided to separate. 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."
Hours after the announcement, the singer sat down with Tavis Smiley and addressed the break-up. He said at the time, "What one has to do in this situation is to remain civil, to retain one's dignity, to be professional, and to understand that we are not the only people on this planet that are going through this." He later spoke candidly, during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", why he still wore his wedding ring.