There have been some ugly splits in Hollywood, but Seal says that his and Heidi Klum's separation won't be one of them.
"We're just not those kind of people -- we never really have been," the singer, 48, said in an interview with PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley, which took place Monday afternoon in L.A. "We've never been attracted to that. Of course it's a difficult situation that we have to handle right now and it's never easy. In terms of our love and respect for each other, that hasn't changed at all."
After rumors began circulating over the weekend that Klum, 38, was planning on filing for divorce and citing "irreconcilable differences," the couple release a joint statement early Monday morning, confirming that their marriage was coming to an end.
The statement read: "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate. 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."
The pair has three biological children together, Henry, 6, Johan, 5, and Lou, 2, plus Klum's 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Leni, whom Seal adopted in 2009.
In the interview with Smiley, which airs this Friday on PBS, Seal added, "Just because you decide to separate, I don't think you all of the sudden stop loving each other. I don't think you all of the sudden stop becoming friends."