Heidi Klum and Seal have confirmed they are separating after almost seven years of marriage. Rumors of a divorce has been circulating for some time, and gained traction after especially Klum appeared at the 2012 Golden Globe awards without her other half.

While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate, the couple reportedly told People magazine in a joint statement.

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. 

Klum, 38, and Seal, 48, are parents to Leni, 7, Henry, 6, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2. They began dating in 2003 and Seal popped the question in December 2004. The two exchanged vows on the beach in Costa Careyes, Mexico, in May 2005, according to People.com.