Looks like Heidi Klum and Seal are — in the immortal words of Tim Gunn — making it work. The ex-lovebirds, who split in January 2012 after seven years of marriage, reunited on Saturday, Oct. 12, to celebrate daughter Lou's 4th birthday, and appeared to be back on friendly terms.
At one point in the afternoon, the Project Runway host, 40, and the "Kiss From a Rose" singer, 50, were spotted engaging in a casual chat at the party in Malibu, Calif. They even shared an affectionate kiss on the cheek.
The sweet moment comes 18 months after the stars filed for divorce, and 21 months after they first announced their split. "While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal, and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate," the pair — parents to Lou, 4, Johan, 6, Henry, 8, and Leni (Klum's daughter from a previous relationship), 9 — said in a statement at the time.
"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," the statement continued. "This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition."
Seal later added, "Just because you decide to separate, I don't think you all of a sudden stop loving each other. I don't think you all of a sudden stop becoming friends."
That friendship seemed at risk, however, in September 2012, when the singer was confronted by TMZ about his ex's relationship with her bodyguard, Martin Kristen. "I would have preferred Heidi show a little bit more class and at least wait until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help, as it were," he said.
His rep later clarified exclusively to Us Weekly that the star's words had been misconstrued. And Klum issued a statement soon after saying she had no bad feelings toward her ex.
"I cherish all the great memories Seal and I created together over the years," she said. "Our separation was based on issues between the two of us. Seal has moved on and so have I."
Indeed, the model seems happily settled into life with Kristen. In an interview with German magazine Bunte last November, she gushed that she was "in love" with the South African-born bodyguard. Seal, for his part, was linked earlier this year with Power Rangers actress Erin Cahill.
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