Heidi Klum opens up about Seal split, romance with bodyguard Martin Kirsten on 'Katie'

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heidi-klum-katie.jpgHeidi Klum believes in fairy tales -- and feels "horrible" that her seven-year marriage with Seal didn't have a happily ever after.

Appearing today (Sept. 12) on Katie Couric's new talk show, "Katie," the supermodel opened up about their very public split -- and her relationship with bodyguard Martin Kirsten.

"It's not something that I wanted, you know," the mother of four tells Couric. "I'm someone who believes in a fairy tale, and when I said 'I do'...I meant forever.

"But life changes -- it's that road with all those bumps and holes and you trying to struggle through them and -- I don't know, we just couldn't make it work."

"I tried my hardest, you know he tried his hardest, [but now] I want to move forward," Klum continues. "I want to be friends with him, I want us to be there for our children. And it's horrible -- we both didn't want that."

As for her relationship with the family's bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, Klum says, "He's a great man, and recently we just got to know each other from a completely different side.

"He's been with our family for the last four years. He's cared for our four children and helped us tremendously. I trust him with my children's life."

Seal recently blasted his estranged wife for "fornicat[ing] with the help" while they were still legally married. Klum admits that the media attention is "very hard and hurtful."

"It's hard to go through a divorce," she adds, "if you're not in the public eye, or if you're in the public eye -- it's horrible."

Photo/Video credit: "Katie"