Heidi Klum is seeking a court order to force ex-husband Seal to let their kids travel with her to Germany in October for Next Top Model filming.
When her stint as a judge on the current season of America’s Got Talent ends, Heidi will be heading to Europe to film a new season of the reality TV show for three and a half months.
According to court documents obtained by TheBlast.com, Heidi 47, is seeking an emergency hearing to be granted permission to travel with the children.
Legal battle: Heidi Klum, (pictured in March) is seeking a court order forcing ex-husband Seal, (right) to let their kids travel with her to Germany for Next Top Model filming in October
The former couple, who married in 2005 and finalized their divorce in 2014, share joint legal and physical custody of daughters Leni, 16, and Lou, 10, and sons Henry, 14, and Johan, 13.
In the documents, it appears that British musician Seal, 57, is concerned about the safety of traveling and living abroad during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He prefers that the children remain in Los Angeles, where he also resides, and are cared for by Klum’s ‘staff’, the model states in her legal filing.
Exes: The former couple, who married in 2005 and finalized their divorce in 2014, share joint legal and physical custody of daughters Leni, 16, and Lou, 10, and sons Henry, 14, and Johan, 13
Family: Klum, 47, states she is contracted to be in Germany for three-and-a-half months and that the children do not want to be parted from her for such a long time. (Pictured in 2019)
In requesting an emergency hearing to obtain a court order, Klum states she is contracted to be in Germany for three-and-a-half months and that the children do not want to be parted from her for such a long time.
As The Blast reported Thursday, she claims that Seal only sees the kids ‘sporadically’ and that the majority of the time they are living with her.
‘In 2020 so far, he has spent about six weeks total with Leni, six weeks total with Henry, ten days total with Johan, and ten days total with Lou,’ she states in the documents.
The Kiss From A Rose hitmaker – real name Henry Samuel – has previously permitted the kids to travel with their famous mother, but after initially agreeing in April to the fall trip to Germany, Klum says he has changed his mind.
She explained: ‘My work in television supports our family. Neither Henry (Seal) nor I pay child support to one another, and because our children are with me the vast majority of the time, I take on a larger portion of their regular expenses.
‘I am well aware of all the necessary precautions associated with the Covid-19 virus, and would never put our children at risk. I have taken all the precautions for Germany the same way I do in the US.’
Klum adds: ‘Considering the current state of the global economy due to the Covid-19 virus, I am grateful to still have a job and have the ability to provide for my family.’
New husband: The blonde beauty has been married to German guitarist Tom Kaulitz, 30, since February 2019. They’re pictured in January in Los Angeles
She also claims that all four children want to go to Germany with her and have told their father the same thing.
‘They do not want to stay in LA with their dad without me,’ she claimed in her legal documents, adding: ‘I cannot imagine them being without me for months.’
In the filing, according to TheBlast.com, Klum included a declaration and letter from eldest child Leni who, she says, is set to do her first modelling gig for Vogue Germany during the fall trip.
In the declaration, the teen states: ‘I love my father very much and don’t want to hurt him by “picking sides,” and this shouldn’t be taken as picking sides, but I would like to say for myself and on behalf of my three siblings we believe we should be staying with our mom and travelling to Germany.’
Petition: Leni, 16, has stated that she and her siblings want to go to Germany with their famous mom. Klum says Leni has a planned photo shoot for German Vogue during their stay