Heidi Klum Seal photo shoot.jpgUpdate: 23/1/12, 7.00 am: Heidi Klum and Seal have confirmed they are divorcing. The couple released a joint statement early this morning, it read: "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, 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. This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition. We thank our family, friends, and fans for their kind words of support. And for our children's sake, we appreciate you respecting our privacy".

Reports are continuing to circulate that Heidi Klum and Seal are headed for divorce, as the couple remain tight-lipped on the matter. Fresh claims that the Victoria's Secret model is filing for divorce due to Seal's hard partying ways are the latest rumours to be doing the rounds.

Tension is believed to have started between the pair during a holiday to Ibiza with their three children, and Heidi's daughter from a previous relationship, back in August. A source told the Sunday Mirror: "When they had their holiday in Ibiza last summer, Seal hit it hard, was out at clubs and with his friends a lot and Heidi was left with their kids trying to enjoy herself. The cracks were appearing and everybody was talking during that trip. He seemed off the rails." Another aspect is that the pair have spent a lot of time apart to work on different assignments, with Seal returning to the UK to do promotional work for his next album.

Heidi is expected to file papers at the Los Angeles' County Superior Court this week citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. Meanwhile neither Heidi or Seal have made any public comment about a supposed split. Although a spokesman for Heidi said a statement was being prepared which would be released imminently. Seal has also left a cryptic message on Twitter which simply says: "The End."

If this is true, it has certainly come as a shock to the entertainment world who considered the couple as one of the strongest in the business. Married in 2005, each year they celebrated their anniversary by throwing a lavish party to renew their wedding vows. They also have three children together, Henry, six, Johan, five, and Lou, two, as well as Heidi's eldest daughter, Leni, seven, whom she had from a previous relationship with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

[via Daily Mail]