"While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate," the pair said in a 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.
Klum, 38, and Seal, 48, began dating in 2003 and got engaged in December 2004. They married in Mexico in May 2005. The pair has three children together: Henry, 6, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2. Seal adopted Klum's 7-year-old daughter Leni from Klum's previous relationship to Flavio Briatore.
"We thank our family, friends, and fans for their kind words of support," the pair added. "And for our children's sake, we appreciate you respecting our privacy."