Heidi Klum and her former husband Seal have come to an agreement which will allow Klum to bring her four children to Germany when she travels there for work later in the year.
In court documents obtained by ET Canada, Klum claimed that Seal did not want their kids — daughters Leni, 16, and Lou, 10, and sons Henry, 14, and Johan, 13 — to travel to Europe because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to PEOPLE, the former couple reached a custody agreement on Thursday which will allow Seal “expanded time” with the children before and after they travel to Germany.
The outlet states that the musician will also be permitted to visit the kids while they are staying in the European country.
In the case that the United States shuts its borders due to the pandemic, the agreement states that Klum must “immediately make arrangements in an effort to return home with the children before the borders close.”
The “America’s Got Talent” judge is contractually obligated to film season 16 of Germany’s “Next Top Model” in October and says she usually brings the kids with her when she travels for work.
Klum previously insisted that the children did not want to stay in Los Angeles with their dad.
“I am well aware of all of 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 United States,” Klum, who shares custody with Seal, real name Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, wrote in her declaration.
“Henry’s time with our children is sporadic at best,” Klum added.
Saying she’s willing to alter their previously planned custody schedule, the star also wrote: “There will be a three-week break for the Christmas holidays… Though the children were originally slated to spend this Christmas break with me (as Henry spent Christmas 2019 with them), I am willing to agree that Henry spend the Christmas break with them again this year so that the children can be with their father during this time, if Henry would like this.
“Also, as Henry [Seal] has a British passport, he would be able to visit the children while they are in Germany if he wishes to do so,” she insisted.
Klum said Seal had agreed to let the kids travel with her back in April but later changed his mind.
“I tried to work this out with Henry directly to no avail,” Klum said. “It could not possibly be in [the kids’] best interests.”
The pair’s eldest child Leni also submitted a declaration to the court.
“This is hard because I love both of my parents, but I feel like I need to speak up. I understand that my siblings are too young to speak to the judge, so I am happy to speak for all of us,” she wrote. “My mom needs to film in Germany for a few months and my siblings and I want to go with her.”
“So far, my dad is not allowing us to go, though we have tried to tell him our reasons why we want to,” the teen added, saying that the trip would be an “amazing opportunity” for all four of them, and they would be able to see their grandparents.
Leni claimed that her younger siblings were “really upset” about the thought of being away from Klum and that they were “frightened” of being away from her for so long.
Klum and Seal married in 2005 before finalizing their divorce in October 2014. The model married musician Tom Kaulitz in February 2019.
In a declaration dated the same day at Kulm’s, Seal wrote, “I believe Heidi has a hidden agenda to move the children to Germany. Notwithstanding Heidi’s request, if granted, it could in effect move the children away from me and their home here in Los Angeles to Germany for what could be an indefinite period of time given the uncertainty of the impact of Covid-19 on this country’s and Germany’s travel restrictions which could change at any time and prevent the children from leaving Germany or from entering the United States.”
The singer went on to state that she “makes it unnecessarily difficult” for him to see the children and that he often has to work around Klum’s schedule.
Seal said that he believed Klum would keep the family in Germany as she was an “absolute wreck” after initial stay-at-home orders were put in place in March. His lawyers submitted an email from Klum to Seal at the time where she said she has “been looking for some days to find a big house for us outside in the [countryside] of Berlin” after reading “horrible things” about COVID-19 and “people [buying] guns and rifles.”
She added, “I want you to know I do anything in my power to keep them safe… I have [these] German passports here all these years and I always said these are for when the s**t hits the fan. and feel like we are at this point.”
Klum’s rep said “no comment” when approached by ET Canada and Seal’s is yet to respond.