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Heidi Klum's Dating History: From Seal to Tom Kaulitz

Heidi Klum’s Dating History: From Seal to Tom Kaulitz

Heidi Klum has always been open about her romantic life, capturing the public’s attention with her high-profile relationships and marriages. The 50-year-old supermodel and television personality has experienced several notable relationships and has been married three times.

“I love being in love,” Heidi revealed to Closer in 2017. “Like when you have butterflies in your stomach and when you feel great.”

Heidi’s first marriage was to hairstylist Ric Pipino when she was just 24. They married in 1997, a period when her fame was on the rise. Two years into their marriage, Heidi gained major recognition by showcasing the $10 million “millennium bra” at the 1999 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The couple divorced in 2002.

As her marriage to Ric was ending, Heidi began a whirlwind romance with Flavio Briatore, a billionaire Italian Formula 1 racing chief. Flavio, who had just ended a five-year relationship with supermodel Naomi Campbell, charmed Heidi. They went public in March 2003 and by autumn of that year, Heidi became pregnant. The couple split while she was expecting, and on May 4, 2004, Heidi gave birth to her daughter, Helene “Leni” Boshoven Samuel, who was later adopted by her next partner, Seal.

Heidi and singer Seal met during the November 2003 GQ Awards in London while she was pregnant with Leni. A chance encounter in a New York hotel lobby months later led to their romance. Seal was present for Leni’s birth and soon adopted her as his own. The couple married on a beach in Mexico on May 10, 2005. They had three biological children: sons Henry, born in September 2005, and Johan, born in November 2006, and daughter Lou, born in October 2009.

Heidi and Seal were celebrated for their public displays of affection and annual vow renewals on their wedding anniversary. However, the couple’s relationship faced challenges, and they announced their separation on January 22, 2012, emphasizing that they had enjoyed seven loving years together. Their divorce was finalized in 2014.

Post-divorce, Heidi started dating New York art dealer Vito Schnabel in 2014. Despite a 13-year age gap, the couple displayed their affection publicly, from vacations to her children’s soccer games. They seemed inseparable, attending events like the 2016 Wimbledon Tennis Championships together. “It’s not about age,” Heidi told Closer in 2017. “We have an amazing connection, we have fun together, and we love each other. It doesn’t matter what people say…as long as you know that at home, you have an amazing time together.”

However, distance impacted their relationship. Heidi’s responsibilities kept her in Los Angeles while Vito’s art business rooted him in New York. They eventually parted ways in September 2017 after three years together.

Heidi found love again within a year of her split from Vito. In 2018, she started dating Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz, who is 17 years her junior. Their relationship became public during their red carpet debut at the Cannes amfAR gala in May 2018. “He is the kindest, sweetest, most caring, loving person. I feel so lucky. I don’t know the last time I was this happy in my life,” Heidi gushed to People in September 2018. “He is absolutely wonderful. Maybe it is because he is German, and we understand each other in a different way. But so far so good.”

By the end of 2018, Heidi and Tom were engaged. Heidi announced their engagement on Instagram with a photo showing off her ring, captioning it, “I SAID YES.” They wed secretly in February 2019 in California and later celebrated with an extravagant ceremony on August 3 aboard a yacht off the coast of Capri, Italy, with friends and family in attendance. They continue to showcase their love, recently attending the 2024 Grammys together.

Source: Closer, People, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show