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Heidi & Seal: in photos

Supermodel Heidi Klum and her musician husband Seal have announced they are splitting up after seven years of marriage. "After much soul-searching we have decided to separate," they said in a statement, adding that they had grown apart. The news shocked many fans of the couple, famed for their enduring relationship, their loving family life with four children and their public displays of affection on the red carpet - not to mention their fabulous annual Halloween parties. As a chapter closes on one of Hollywood's more loving unions, come remember their relationship over time, below...

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  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Seal and Heidi met in 2004, when she was pregnant with her daughter Leni from a previous relationship with businessman Flavio Briatore.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    The couple's relationship quickly became serious and they developed a reputation for cosy public displays of affection at various showbiz events.

    Here they are at the World Music Awards in Las Vegas in September 2004.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Around the same time, they hosted their first - and typically flamboyant - Halloween party.

    The event was to become a something of a legend in Hollywood circles, with each annual bash paying heed to a dizzying array of evermore kooky costumes.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    January 2005 and Heidi flaunts her Canary Yellow oval diamond engagement ring from Seal at a mid-season party for Project Runway.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    By the time this photo was taken, in June 2005, the pair had married in a picturesque beach ceremony in Mexico and Heidi was pregnant with their eldest son, Henry.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    The newlyweds wow the cameras on the red carpet at the 2006 Golden Globes.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Summer 2006 and Heidi and Seal are rapidly expanding their family; pictured here at the Emmy Awards, Heidi is pregnant with their second son Johan.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Around the same time, they invest in this impressive love nest in Beverly Hills, complete with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms for their ever-blossoming brood.

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    Halloween 2006 and Heidi and Seal once again pull out all the stops to entertain on the costume front, with this Adam and Eve-inspired tableau.

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    Getting up close and personal at a fashion launch in June 2007.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    No-one could accuse these two of shying away from being affectionate in public.

    They share a lingering embrace at a ball in Berlin in September 2007.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Getting down with the kids at Disneyland in February 2008...

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Halloween 2008 and Heidi and Seal are once again kings of the costume parade, having turned to Indian mythology for inspiration.

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    It's another tender moment between the pair at Heidi's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Miami Beach in November 2008.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    September 2009 and the couple are as close as ever, with Heidi pregnant with their youngest child, Lou.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Halloween 2009 brings with it another spectacular joint costume effort.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    The duo let their imaginations run wild once again in October 2010, five months after celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    Looking gorgeous together in February last year...

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    And equally sweet, if a little more hairy, for Halloween 2011.

  • Heidi & Seal: in photos

    This is one of the last photos of Heidi and Seal together, on a family skiing holiday together in Aspen, Colorado.

    In a statement one month later, they said, "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."