Though Heidi Klum has been quiet since the Sunday announcement of her separation from Seal, the Grammy-winning artist is breaking his silence, making the talk show rounds.
"I think we were shocked," he admitted to DeGeneres, sharing the public's sentiment. "Because you go into these things with the greatest intentions. When you say, 'I do,' when you say, ''Til death do us part,' those vows hold value. They're not just words. But these things happen."
The singer explained that he and his supermodel wife simply "grew apart after a while." He added: "You try and you work through it ... You do the best that you can ... The thing that I'm most proud about about this great woman who I married, and I really do mean that from the bottom of my heart, is that together, she has given me four incredible gifts, four beautiful children, and she's still, in my opinion, the most wonderful woman in the world."
Seal said that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife have one priority: "To remain civil and do this thing with dignity.
"We still very much love each other," he said, noting they are both "grieving" still. "We were never going to follow suit of some break ups or separations that you hear about, especially in our industry."
The refreshingly honest celebrity also opened up about still wearing his wedding band and why he won't be taking it off in the near future. "That is just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We had eight years -- eight wonderful years together -- and just because we have decided to separate doesn't necessarily mean that you take off your ring and you're no longer connected to that person," Seal said. "We will be connected in many ways 'til the rest of our lives ... Right now, it feels very comfortable on my hand and I'm not tempted to take it off anytime soon."
"The Ellen Degeneres Show" with Seal airs Tues., Jan 24 on NBC. Check your local listings.
Watch Klum and Seal's TV appearances throughout the years in the slideshow below.
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