Unlike many ugly Hollywood divorces, Seal is certain his separation from supermodel Heidi Klum won’t be a messy one. “We have a tremendous amount of love and respect for each other,” he tells Tavis Smiley on an episode set to air this Friday. “Just because you decide to separate I don’t think you all of a sudden stop loving each other.”

Most important to the couple is their children, adds the British musician, who is promoting his latest album “Soul 2” (out today). “Yes these are difficult times, there’s a lot to be positive about.”

Seal also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he explained why he still wears his wedding ring. “It’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman,” he tells Ellen on the show airing Wednesday. “Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean you take off your ring and you’re no longer connected to that person.”

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