Fame & Fortune: Seal

Bankrate: Wasn't your wife-to-be saying, "Hey, we have some other things to do at this point?"

Seal: No. She was in the other house. We slept in separate houses, like a more traditional way, the night before.

Bankrate: Considering your mutual level of fame, is it difficult for you and Heidi to live a somewhat normal life?

Seal: No. No. Life is all about making adjustments. You make your adjustments and you figure it out.

Bankrate: What's the biggest adjustment you had to make?

Seal: Realizing that our life is not always our own. That we do have obligations.

Bankrate: When you say obligations, do you mean outside obligations, or your obligations to your children and each other?

Seal: To everything.

Bankrate: Considering how much the two of you work, do you get enough time to relax and just enjoy your family?

Seal: You can always do with more time, especially with the family, but I think we do a pretty good job of balancing being with the family. We take them everywhere, so they're very rarely without us.

Bankrate: When you were in the studio making the record, were they in the studio with you?

Seal: Yes, absolutely.

Bankrate: How did that affect your ability to get work done?

Seal: When they're there, it's not about the work. It's about them.

Bankrate: Was there ever a sense of something that happened while they were there influencing the music?

Seal: My son is 2, and he dances a lot. When he responds to certain tracks, it gives me added inspiration.

Bankrate: When you and Heidi decide to treat yourselves, what are your favorite indulgences?

Seal: Chocolate and travel. We just came back from India. That was fantastic. We went to Agra, where the Taj Mahal is. We went to Orcha, where the Kama Sutra Temples are; and to the Varanasi, which is the holy capital of Asia.

Bankrate: How long were you there?

Seal: Two weeks.

Bankrate: All sightseeing, or just relaxing?

Seal: Most of it was sightseeing and taking pictures. We're both avid photographers.

Bankrate: Have either of you had your photographs published?

Seal: No, but we will soon.

Bankrate: Any chance of a couple's book coming out?

Seal: You never know.

Bankrate: What's the coolest thing you ever treated yourself to?

Seal: An Audi R8. You gotta see this Audi. It's a beautiful midengine sports car. It's fantastic.

Bankrate: Since hitting big in the early '90s, what are some of the best lessons you've learned about handling wealth and fame?

Seal: Not to take it all too seriously. If I could change one thing from the early part of my career, I wish I would have taken it less seriously. I wish I had more fun.

Bankrate: Do you want your children following in your creative footsteps?

Seal: I want them to do whatever makes them happy. Our son is an avid singer and dances with crazy happy feet. I want my beautiful daughter to just ... if she wants to be a ballerina, to be a ballerina. I just want her to love what she does. I want them all to love what they do.

Larry Getlen is a freelance writer in New York.


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