Washington: Seal has talked about how painful it is for him as his seven-year marriage to German model Heidi Klum comes to an end.
The couple had announced their split through a statement recently, and had insisted that they remained on good terms with each other.
“In terms of our love and respect for each other, it hasn’t changed at all,” People quoted Seal as saying in an interview airing Friday on Tavis Smiley on PBS.
“And I think that when two people feel that way about each other, it is easy - it is easier to make that transition,” he said in the interview.
The British singer added that their children “ are our first priority” and that the pair can still remain friends “especially when there are other things to take into consideration like family”.
“What one has to do in this situation is remain civil and to retain one’s dignity and to be professional and to understand that we are not the only people on this planet that go through this… It is just unfortunately a chapter of life,” he says.
Making the publicity rounds Monday to promote his album ‘Soul 2’, Seal also taped an interview on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, where he explained why he was still wearing his wedding ring.
“It’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman,” he said on the show.
“We have eight years, eight wonderful years together. Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean you take off your ring and you’re no longer connected to that person. We will be connected in many ways ‘til the rest of our lives,” he said.
When asked if he’ll wear the ring for the rest of his life, he replied, “Who knows?”
“But right now it feels really comfortable on my hand so I have no intention of taking it off anytime soon,” he said.
He told DeGeneres that the separation had ‘shocked’ him and Klum just as much as everybody else. But the couple found that “you just grow apart after awhile.”
“Its a shame… To say that neither of us were grieving would be an out-and-out lie,” he said.