Seal and his now-estranged wife Heidi Klum never once considered staying together for the sake of their kids - because they don't think that's a healthy way of living.
The two shocked the world last weekend (22Jan12) by confirming reports they were splitting up and the Kiss From a Rose singer admits he didn't want to deceive the pair's four kids by pretending nothing was wrong.
In a candid TV interview with Access Hollywood, Seal says, "You often hear couples talk about, 'We stay together because of the kids'. I don't necessarily understand how healthy that is because kids are a lot smarter than you think they are... They're very intuitive. In fact, we are less intuitive than they are... and if there is any disconnect they pick up on it.
"We talk to them, we tried to explain as best we could what is going on... just explaining to them that things will be different without going into too much detail, but a lot of things won't change.
"The main thing is to make sure that they feel that they're loved, make sure that they understand that their parents love each other, make sure that they understand that if there are any changes it is absolutely nothing to do with them and it won't change the amount of time... in actual fact it may even improve the amount of time that we spend with them, quality time."
And the soul singer reiterates, the marriage fell apart because the two busy stars spent so little time together: "When you decide to be globally known you've gotta service the globe and you just grow apart... You find yourself... spending more time apart and that's just not really healthy."