When news broke that Seal and Heidi Klum would be separating after a seven-year marriage, Seal openly discussed the split in several interviews much to the surprise of his fans.  Now, the 49-year-old singer is defending his decision to speak so candidly about his marital woes.

“When you publicize your marriage as much as our marriage was publicized, when you renew wedding vows, when you do all those things, what you are saying to people is … you’re giving people a picture of an ideal relationship that people aspire to,” Seal told the Fifi and Jules radio show in Australia.

After years of showcasing their marital bliss, lavish vow-renewals, and happier times together, Seal felt obligated to talk about the tough times, too.

“When it goes south, you can’t all of a sudden take the philosophy of a monk and decide to go for a vow of silence. It doesn’t really work like that,” Seal said. “I respect my wife’s decision not to talk about that, but I felt that people at least deserved some kind of explanation why the picture of the ideal wasn’t what they thought it was.”

Contrary to popular belief, Seal did not seek out appearances after his split.  His interviews with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tavis Smiley and Piers Morgan Tonight had been scheduled to promote his new album Soul 2 long before the separation.  “It’s not like this [split] happened and I decided the next week to go on the show,” Seal said.