Seal has filed his own divorce papers days after Heidi Klum submitted hers to a Los Angeles court to end their some 7-year marriage and is seeking joint physical custody of the four children, including daughter Leni, who is from his wife's previous relationship.
Klum, 38, had requested primary physical custody of the children with visitation rights for Seal, 49. He filed his divorce papers on Tuesday, April 10. Both stars cited irreconcilable differences for their separation on January 19.
The German supermodel and "Project Runway" host and Seal, a British singer best known for the song "Kiss From A Rose," began a relationship in 2004, when Klum was pregnant with Leni, whose father is ex-boyfriend Flavio Briatore. Klum and Seal married on May 10, 2005. He adopted her daughter, who is now 7, and he and Klum later welcomed two sons together - Henry, 6 and Johan, 5, and daughter Lou, 2.
People magazine said Seal's request for joint physical custody of their four children is a "legal technicality" and that "no custody fight is expected." The singer and Klum have not commented.
Klum was previously married to stylist Ric Pipino. They have no children together.
Klum and Seal announced their breakup on January 22. When asked about the split, the supermodel told ELLE magazine weeks ago: "People don't need to know who did what. I don't want to talk positively or negatively about the ups and downs that we had. Every couple goes through things. Unfortunately, we're in the public, so the highs are out there."
Seal talked about the dissolution of their marriage while promoting his most recent album "Soul 2."
During an appearance on "The Elle DeGeneres Show" in January, the singer said, "I think we made it clear in the release statement. You just grow apart after a while."
"I mean, you try and you work through it and the thing that you quickly realize as ... when you are married and you are a parent, is that you do the best that you can," he added. "It makes you actually appreciate your parents a lot more."
Klum and Seal had renewed their wedding vows every year prior to their split.They were also known for their elaborate Halloween costumes and parties. Check out photos of the Klum's Halloween costumes from the past five years.