Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Daughter of Heidi Klum
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2004 - Present
May 4, 2004
Daughter of Heidi Klum
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"Sometimes random things that you wouldn't think mean anything mean so much to them. With kids, you can say, 'Let's go pick some flowers' or 'There's a snail. Let's investigate that.'"
German supermodel Heidi Klum needs no introduction. The first German to become a Victoria's Secret Angel, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, actor, singer, producer and fashion designer. Klum is an industry unto herself. In 2004, Heidi Klum announced that she would soon be adding "mother" to her resume alongside all of the other jobs she's held over the years.
"I grew up in a big family with a lot of kids around, and I definitely want to have children as well."
Heidi and Seal
Klum has had her share of high-profile romances, marrying stylist Ric Pipino in 1997, then divorcing in 2002. In 2003, she began dating Renault Formula One team managing director Flavio Briatore. By December of that year Heidi announced that she was carrying her first child. The relationship was not meant to last, however, and shortly after the breakup, Klum was seen out and about with recording icon Seal.
On May 4, 2004, Heidi Klum welcomed Helene Boshoven Samuel into the world. Seal was present for the birth of Klum's daughter, and to this day Heidi and Helene, or "Leni," regard the singer as her father in all ways but biologically. Klum has never been hesitant to tell interviewers "Seal is Leni's father."
The pregnancy seemed to do absolutely nothing to Klum's figure or her reputation as one of the most beautiful women in the world. However, that comes down as much to her terrific genes as to her sense for fashion. She would eventually use that experience to develop a line of fashionable items for expectant mothers. "I experienced fashion challenges during my four pregnancies and combined my knowledge of what works in terms of style, comfort and practicality to create these lines."
Seal and Heidi Klum enjoyed a long relationship, marrying in 2005 and even sharing their lives with the home audience for the Lifetime reality series Love's Divine (2010). She contributed vocals to the song "Wedding Day" for Seal's album System (2007), the song having been written by Seal for their marriage ceremonies. Seal and Heidi renewed their wedding vows once a yer throughout their marriage, but ultimately split, finalizing their divorce in 2014 after having three children together following the birth of Helene. A number of rumors have plagued their break-up, but both Klum and Seal have remained largely private about the reason for the split, leaving little more than speculation to go on.
"Your kids are happy if you're happy. And if your love is happy, then everything works."
Raised Away From The Spotlight
Any photos that we have of the eldest Klum child come from outings she's taken with her mother. Heidi enforces a strict policy at the Klum house to keep her children out of the spotlight until they're old enough to handle the risks and responsibilities of fame. Heidi has told interviewers that as much as her daughter loves to take selfies, she makes sure to keep the kids off of Facebook and Instagram while they're still young.
Given that Helene has inherited the genes of one of the most beautiful women alive, there's plenty of reason to speculate that she may follow her mother into modeling at some point in the future. But Heidi has made sure that her kids won't be teen models or Instagram stars. When they turn eighteen, they'll be free to make their own decision on the matter, but for the time being, Heidi Klum hopes to give her children as much of a normal childhood as possible.
Leni continues to carry the name of adopted father Seal, whose full legal name is Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel. Even though Klum and Seal may be divorced, Leni has grown up knowing the singer to be her dad, and that's as true after the split as it was while the pair were still married.
As for Heidi, age hasn't slowed her down one bit. She's barely aged at all since she first burst onto the scene in the 1990s, and continues to pull in top dollar for hosting, modeling and acting jobs. Her net worth is estimated to be around $90 million, but this is just an estimate, and we know that she pulls in somewhere in the area of $19 million a year, putting her in league with icons like Tyra Banks. Whether her kids will see that kind of success in modeling or entertainment, only time will tell.
"Family comes first. You're the only thing they have."