Leni Briatore, the first child of supermodel Heidi Klum, is now officially the daughter of singer Seal! When Seal first met Heidi, she was three weeks pregnant with her ex-boyfriend F1 businessman Flavio Briatore’s child, but that didn’t stop the singer from pursuing the model.
Leni, who is now five years old, has lived with Seal her entire life so it only made sense that he would adopt her.
“It’s only happened fairly recently. But it doesn’t make her any more or less my daughter. She always has been. All it means is that both Heidi and I wanted her to have the same last name as the rest of us.,” Seal revealed to The Mirror recently.
As for why he chose to adopt Helene(Leni) now, Seal responded, “It was about Leni. I don’t want her to feel different because I know what that’s like, being a kind of stepson. And I don’t want that dynamic for my little girl.”
Leni’s biological father Flavio was supportive throughout the whole adoption process.
“Heidi handled everything,” revealed Seal. “And from what I understand Flavio was a gentleman about the whole thing. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I’m not talking about in a professional level but just in the way that he has handled the situation, which, let’s face it, must have been really difficult.”
“I don’t know if I would have been that adult about it. I certainly have nothing but good things to say about the way he’s been with us and he’s more than welcome to see Leni any time he wants to.”
5 Things you didn’t know about dad Seal:
-“I was homeless at 17 and was sleeping in the Under-ground and in homeless shelters.”
-“I was given up for adoption and lived with foster parents so I know what it’s like to have rejection.”
– “I contracted lupus when I was 21 and it disfigured my face, I didn’t know what the hell was going on and no one was able to diagnose what was going on.”
-“I’ve paid my dues and don’t feel guilty for the perfect lifestyle people see that we have. Both Heidi and I worked our [butts] off to get here, no one gave it to us.”
-“I had an abusive father and a dysfunctional family. That was the place I escaped to when my own everyday life was so s****y that it was the place I took refuge. So when it became my reality, I didn’t feel surprised.”
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