Al Green's 1972 number-one hit "Let's Stay Together" has been having a moment lately, what with President Obama coyly singing a snatch of it at a fundraiser on Thursday (where it should be sung, at the Apollo), as well as issuing from the golden pipes of one Seal Henry Samuel during an appearance on Tuesday's Ellen. Celebrity marriages have been dropping like flies lately, and Seal and supermodel wife Heidi Klum's eight-year relationship is the latest to go south.
On Monday, the couple released a joint statement reading:
"While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul searching we have decided to separate. We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart. This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition."
Sources have indicated that the breakup may have been due to Seal's unruly temper, as well as his hard-partying ways. Seal and Klum (who officially became Heidi Samuel in 2009), tied the knot at Seal's Mexican beachfront house in 2005, and made a ritual of renewing their vows every year hence. Seal had previously joked, "We certainly have differences of opinion. I mean, she's German and I'm English, so if I said we didn't have differences of opinion, no one would believe that."
Green's quiet-storm classic, which has been covered by such artists as Tina Turner, Roberta Flack, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, and Robin Thicke, gets the Seal treatment on the "Kiss From a Rose" singer's upcoming album of classic soul covers, Soul 2. For Seal, it was an ironic and poignant song choice under the circumstances, leading some people to read into it as a last-ditch attempt at saving his marriage. But, either way, it's an impressive rendition. (And would have been even more so had he balanced a beach ball on his nose at the same time.)