How Heidi Klum managed to get over her biggest heartbreak and move on with her love life

As models go, few have captivated the industry quite as much as Heidi Klum. She’s been in the business since the early ’90s having gained a modeling contract in 1992. After continually wowing in magazines and on the runway, she eventually started broadening her horizons and exploring other avenues. The most notable of these was her role as a TV host and judge on both Germany’s Next Topmodel and Project Runway. The latter helped establish Klum as a household name in the US, and even earned her numerous awards.

While Heidi is probably best known for her modeling work, it’s not just her career that’s thrust her name into the limelight. Her love life has also made her the center of attention, particularly following her split from Seal. The two were married for nearly ten years, and they appeared inseparable. However, it wasn’t meant to be for this couple, and in 2014 their divorce was finalized.

Since the split, Klum has managed to find love with someone else. However, after everything she went through following the divorce, it was a long time before she felt ready to be happy again.

First meeting

When the duo first met in 2004, there was apparently an instant connection between them. Seal had no idea who Heidi was, but that didn’t matter to him. He found himself attracted to her beauty and personality, and the feeling was definitely mutual.

First meeting

Following that first meeting in a New York hotel lobby, they quickly started dating, and that’s how their love story began.

A bump in the road

Plenty of things can derail a relationship in the early days. Discovering that you’re pregnant with your ex’s child is certainly one of them, although Heidi was fortunate to have such an understanding boyfriend in Seal. Before she started dating Seal, the model had been with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore. Things between them didn’t work out, but it seems Briatore left his ex with something to remember him by.

A bump in the road

Their separation came shortly after Klum discovered she was pregnant, with Briatore not yet ready to be a father. Fortunately, Seal was so supportive of Heidi that he didn’t let another man’s kid interfere with their love. He agreed to help his girlfriend raise the baby and treat them like they were his own. At that moment, the model knew she’d struck gold with her new lover. How many other men would be as supportive as that in such a situation?

The father she needs

Seal’s determination to be there for Heidi and her child only strengthened once the baby – Helene – came along. He cared so much about the little one that he ended up adopting the girl shortly after welcoming her into the world. Flavio was more than happy for Seal to become Helene’s official father, aware that the musician was doing a better job than he ever could. Heidi was so impressed by Seal’s parenting abilities and desire to do right by his family that she knew their love would go all the way.

The father she needs

However, she probably didn’t anticipate that they’d take the next step as quickly as they did. It was mere months after Helene came along that her boyfriend got down on one knee and popped the question. He did it while they were vacationing in the Canadian Rockies, and it was one of the most romantic moments in Klum’s life.

Celebrating their love

The musician proposed to his beloved in an igloo designed for the special occasion. There were rose petals and candles inside, and even a guitar for Seal to sing Heidi a love song. He reportedly serenaded the model right before asking her the big question, to which she understandably responded yes. There was no doubt in her mind that he was the man for her, which is why they wasted little time getting married.

Celebrating their love

It wasn’t even half a year after Seal popped the question that they tied the knot on a Mexican beach. Despite their fame, neither party was interested in throwing the wedding of the century. They wanted to have an intimate ceremony with just a few dozen of their nearest and dearest around them. The big day was made that much more special by the fact that Heidi was pregnant with their first child at the time.

Year after year

While they were together, Heidi and Seal weren’t afraid to show off their love in public. They were so devoted to one another that they wanted the world to see what genuine affection looked like. The couple would renew their vows every year in themed ceremonies as a way to keep things fresh. Heidi wanted her husband to remember why they were together, especially given the hectic lives they both led.

Year after year

Neither was around as often as they’d have liked because of work, so it would have been easy for them to fall out of love with one another. Renewing their vows so often ensured they never lost sight of their relationship, even when it was slipping away from them. Obviously, these yearly ceremonies didn’t prevent them from eventually parting ways. However, there’s no doubt they helped keep things going while they were still married to one another.

Respect and friendship

Celebrity couples don’t last at the best of times, so it’s probably no shock that these two split. However, their separation still caught us off guard because they’d seemed like one of the strongest partnerships out there. According to Seal, that’s because they prioritized respect and friendship so much.

Respect and friendship

Without those two things, neither party believes their romance wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did. Unfortunately, no amount of respect and friendship could make up for the musician’s reported temper problems. They took a significant toll on the marriage.

Her new man

Separating from her husband can’t have been easy for Klum, especially given how devoted they’d been to each other. However, the model decided to be optimistic following her divorce. She assured the world that she still believed in love and trusted that another man was waiting out there to make her happy.

Her new man

She eventually found him in 2018, some four years after her separation from Seal was finalized. This new man is so important to Heidi that they’re now engaged, but will their marriage thrive where others have faltered?

Singer in a rock band

Heidi’s new fiancé is Tom Kaulitz, a man you may or may not be familiar with. Unless you’re a fan of rock music, you probably haven’t encountered the guitarist before. He forms one-quarter of the German rock band, Tokio Hotel, which he helped create all the way back in 2001.

Singer in a rock band

The group’s music isn’t that well-known in the US, although they’ve had phenomenal success in Europe. With his band, Kaulitz has become a highly decorated musician. He’s won dozens of accolades, including several regional MTV awards in Germany and Spain.

Through a mutual friend

Typically, models and rock musicians don’t mix in the same social circles, so how exactly did Heidi and Tom become an item. Apparently, their love came about thanks to the interference of a mutual friend.

Through a mutual friend

One of Klum’s coworkers on Germany’s Next Topmodel was good friends with the guitarist, and it was through him they were introduced. Like with Seal, there was obviously an immediate spark here, because the pair wasted no time getting to know each other. From there, the relationship quickly manifested, leading us to where we are now.

Older than him

Whenever a new celebrity couple emerges, people try to find something about them that they can pick apart and criticize. For these two, it was their age difference. Some people questioned why Heidi, who turned 46 in 2019, was dating a man in his twenties.

Older than him

However, the model didn’t feel compelled to respond to the criticism, assuring everyone that age is just a number for her. She loves Kaulitz, and she doesn’t believe that her being older than him should matter in the slightest. Love has no boundaries.

A shared history

It seems that Klum has jumped from one musician to another with her new man. Evidently, she has a preference for musical men, although that’s not the only reason she bonded with Kaulitz. The two are both German, and Heidi probably appreciates having someone who understands where she came from.

A shared history

Being in the US, she spends most of her time around Americans, so she may well be missing her home country. Tom’s roots are even more comforting now she no longer works on Germany’s Next Topmodel.

Showing off their love

When Klum felt that spark with Kaulitz, she was probably relieved to have a man back in her life. The model is a romantic, so to be without a partner likely hurt more than she wanted to admit. Now that she’s with Tom, she’s been making up for lost time by posting photos of the two of them together.

Showing off their love

Heidi proved during her marriage with Seal that she wasn’t afraid to be very public with her relationships, so she has no problem inundating the internet with romantic pictures.

A day to remember

Heidi hasn’t shared when we’ll see her tie the knot with her fiancé, but she’s promised it will be a very extravagant affair. The two will be holding their ceremony in Germany, with the reception reportedly costing more than a $1 million.

A day to remember

Their wedding will undoubtedly be one to remember, especially as it’s going to be a bilingual celebration. Klum has always treasured her German roots, so it’s nice to see that she wants the proceedings to embrace where’s she comes from, as well as where she is now.

Been there, done that

Although the model is excited to walk down the aisle, this is hardly her first time tying the knot. Her union with Kaulitz will be the third she’s had in the last few decades, ever since she married Ric Pipino in 1997.

Been there, done that

She was only in her mid-twenties when she became a bride for the first time with the Australian hairstylist. Their relationship didn’t last as long as the one that followed, with the pair finalizing their divorce in 2002. Obviously, we all know what happened a few years later.

The men in her life

While Tom will be Heidi’s third husband, the model has obviously been linked to more than just three men in her romantic life. Not long after splitting from Pipino, it was believed she had a fling with Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame.

The men in her life

Their relationship was fairly brief, and it wasn’t as influential as the one that followed. It was after Kiedis that Klum got involved with Briatore, leading to the model having her first child. The duo lasted a little less than a year before parting ways.

Moving on from the divorce

Although there were quite a few years between Heidi’s second divorce and third engagement, she didn’t stay single for all that time. She was with art dealer Vito Schnabel for several years, following which she supposedly caught the eye of another famous musician.

Moving on from the divorce

Apparently, Drake took a great interest in the model and tried to pursue her. However, Klum seemingly wasn’t interested in the rap star, with reports suggesting that she ghosted the man. Is that true? Unfortunately, the only people who know for sure are these two.

The rebound guy

Of all the relationship Heidi’s had which didn’t end in marriage, her romance with Martin Kirsten is perhaps the most notable. That’s because the bodyguard became an important part of her personal life very quickly after she and Seal split.

The rebound guy

Many fans considered the man to be Klum’s rebound, with some even suggesting the two had been having an affair. Martin worked for the model when she was still with her ex-husband, leading to speculation that he’d driven a wedge between the two. However, these claims were never confirmed.

Far from impressed

One person who wasn’t too happy about Klum’s relationship with Martin was her ex-husband. When he discovered that the two were dating, he openly criticized her to the press. Seal was quoted as saying that he’d expected better from his former wife, words which he later took back.

Far from impressed

While the men Heidi dates is no business of Seal’s, he is still an important part of her life because of the kids. As a result of that, it’s vital that he approves of anyone who spends time with his children.

They had their fun

Although Seal wasn’t his biggest fan, Martin remained as Klum’s boyfriend for 18 months. Eventually, the two parted ways with Heidi realizing that he wasn’t the man for her. However, she appreciated everything that Kirsten had done for her following her divorce.

They had their fun

Breaking up with Seal had put her through the wringer, and she couldn’t have handled the split without someone by her side. Unsurprisingly, when Klum ended their relationship, she also stopped using Martin’s bodyguard services. Keeping her ex around wasn’t going to be good for anyone involved.

Come a long way

When she was just a kid, it’s unlikely Heidi imagined that she’d be on her third marriage by the time she was in her mid-forties. She probably also didn’t expect that she’d be one of the most famous models in the world.

Come a long way

It’s a good thing that her friend pushed her to compete in the Model 92 contest when she was younger. It was through this competition that she won her modeling contract and went on to become the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel. That contest decided her future.

Defying the odds

The modeling industry is saturated with talent, so it wasn’t easy for Klum to stand out. However, she proved time and again that she had the ‘it’ factor people were looking for. She managed an astounding 13 years as a model with Victoria’s Secret, following which she became a popular TV personality.

Defying the odds

Fronting both Germany’s Next Topmodel and Project Runway helped her take her career to the next level, and she was promptly rewarded for her dedication. That’s why she’s received 19 Primetime Emmy nominations since being on the show.

Third time’s the charm

Although her love life hasn’t always been as successful as her career, the model has never let that get in the way of anything. She’s such a firm believer in love that no matter how many times it knocks her down, she always gets straight back up again.

Third time’s the charm

We’re hopeful that after all the heartbreak she’s experienced in recent years, this next marriage will be the one that sticks. Klum certainly seems to be head over heels for Kaulitz, so we’re crossing our fingers for many happy returns.

A family man

Unfortunately for Heidi, she can no longer date whoever she wants without seeking approval first. From her marriage to Seal, the model produced three kids, as well as the daughter she had with Flavio Briatore.

A family man

These children mean the world to her and marrying someone new means they have to embrace a new stepfather. Klum can’t even consider walking down the aisle before she knows that her kids like the man she’s dating. Thankfully, Kaulitz is apparently a great family man, and he’s been given the Seal of approval.

Behind her back

Tom gets along with Heidi’s kids so much that they apparently got involved with organizing his proposal. At Thanksgiving, he told his future stepchildren that he intended to pop the question, so they helped put his plan into action.

Behind her back

He shared the news while they were on a vacation in Mexico, and the kids were thrilled that Kaulitz was going to propose. They were so excited about the whole thing that they struggled to keep it a secret. Thankfully, though, they stayed silent long enough not to spoil the surprise.

Breakfast in bed

The proposal went down on Christmas Eve last year when Tom organized a breakfast in bed for his beloved. He wanted this to be a day to remember, so he figured why not start it off by popping the question.

Breakfast in bed

All of Heidi’s kids helped him prepare the meal; then they joined Kaulitz for what they hoped would be a joyous moment. There was still a chance that Klum would reject her boyfriend’s proposal, but no-one wanted to think about that. They were sure she was going to say yes.

Happy how they are

With Heidi and Tom’s relationship now in such a good place, questions have been raised about whether another child is on the way. Nothing has been confirmed from the couple, but judging by the model’s past statements, their family won’t be growing any bigger.

Happy how they are

She’s said before that she’s happy with four children, and they’re already enough of a handful for the busy mom. Kaulitz also seems satisfied with the kids he’s got through his fiancée, although we could understand if he wanted to become a biological father.

Any day now

Whether the pair welcome a new child or not, it’s clear that they’ve got a great love story ahead of them. While we wish we knew when the couple was tying the knot, we’re sure the ceremony won’t be too far off now.

Any day now

After all, it’s been months since Kaulitz proposed, and Heidi isn’t known for having particularly long engagements. Hopefully, once the big day is over, they’ll tell us all about it, and maybe even give us some pictures of how everything played out.

Staying civil

It’s been several years now since their divorce was finalized, but Heidi and Seal continue to be an important part of each other’s lives. They don’t really have much of a say on the matter given they share several kids together.

Staying civil

Even if they didn’t get along, they’d still have to put up with one another for the sake of the children. Luckily, neither party seems to be a bitter ex, although we haven’t heard too much about Seal’s opinion of Kaulitz. He’s remained remarkably quiet on the subject.

One challenge after another

It seems that Heidi wasn’t the only one who struggled following the divorce. Seal has spoken openly about the troubles he’s been facing for years, particularly in regards to commitment. It seems the man struggles to make relationships last, and not just romantic ones.

One challenge after another

He’s admitted to having difficulties with the kids at times because he’s not the best with communication. He doesn’t always know how to get through to them, and it’s made things challenging at times. However, he’s continually working to improve himself and his flaws.

Tough competition

If Seal’s already struggling with his fatherhood role, having competition in the form of Kaulitz isn’t going to help things. The man will soon become a stepfather to the musician’s kids, and judging from what we’ve heard, he’s going to do a great job.

Tough competition

While this is reassuring for Seal, it also puts him in an awkward position. He doesn’t want the children to love Tom more than him, especially now he’s having difficulty communicating with them. It doesn’t help that the kids live with their mother most of the time.

Caught in the middle

If there’s any tension between Seal and Kaulitz over their fatherhood roles, Heidi’s the one who’s going to be caught in the middle of it. She’ll play peacekeeper if she has to because she wants everyone in her family to get along.

Caught in the middle

Tom is the new man in her life, and he deserves to be respected. However, that doesn’t mean it’s fair for Seal to get pushed out either. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly, and she won’t have to put her foot down. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Dealing with enough stress

The less family drama that Heidi has to deal with, the better. After all, she’s got a $1 million wedding to plan, and we imagine that’s already stressing her out plenty. There are so many things to consider when trying to organize a ceremony, and we expect that Klum will want everything to be perfect.

Dealing with enough stress

That’s why she doesn’t need Kaulitz and Seal being at loggerheads with each other. Who knows, maybe these two will actually become good friends and work together to be the best fathers they can be.