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Family fun as Heidi and Seal edge ever closer to divorce

12 MARCH 2012

Heidi Klum takes her mind off her marriage woes at her daughter's charity cookie sale.

Smiling proudly, the supermodel mum supported Leni on a fundraising drive for her girl scout group with some friends.

The following day the little girl, who'll be eight in May, had some quality time with Seal at a basketball match.

 

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Father and daughter remain close despite the couple's separation – Leni is Heidi's child by Flavio Briatore, but the British musician adopted her two years ago.

While the duo clearly agree on co-parenting arrangements, they have different approaches when it comes to how much to share about their split.

In several interviews, Seal has opened up about his pain – which hasn't gone down well with his estranged wife.

Asked about his candour by Elle magazine Heidi was clearly frustrated.

"He's going to be 50 next year. He's a grown man," she told the magazine. "I can't tell him what to do and what not to do. It's hard."

"I don't want to talk positively or negatively about the ups and downs that we had."




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She added: "Every couple goes through things. Unfortunately, we're in the public so the highs are out there.

"But I don't think it's necessary – especially for our children – to have the lows being printed in magazines and talked about.

Apart from Leni, the duo are also parents to Henry, Johan, and baby Lou and her role as a mother is keeping her going.

"I'm a lioness," says the Project Runway presenter. "I have four cubs. I'm a mom. I want to take care of my kids and protect them. I don't want to talk about them, or him, or me."

 

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German beauty Heidi is expected to file for divorce in LA, where the couple have been based for seven years.

Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag tells HELLO! Online exclusively: “LA is a community property state, which means that, if there’s no prenup, the property the couple acquired during their seven year marriage will be split 50-50.

"That would involve a big payout from Heidi to Seal if, as reported, she has been earning tens of millions a year over that time, while Seal’s wealth is estimated at around $15 million in total.

"However it is likely they have a prenuptial agreement which would cut the payout right back. Seal would of course be able to claim child provision for a shared role in caring for their four children."

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