Name: Helene ‘Leni’ Samuel
Date of Birth: May 4, 2004
Parents: Heidi Klum & Seal Samuel
Siblings: Henry Gunther Adeola Dashtu (09/15/05), Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo (11/22/06), Lou Sulola (10/09/09) & half-brother Falco Nathan (03/18/10)
– She is most often called Leni, short for Helene
– She enjoys taking Taekwondo classes with her brothers
– Her biological father is Flavio Briatore, however, Heidi has stated that he is not involved in her life and that “Seal is Leni’s father”, a fact which became even more certain when Seal legally adopted her in December 2009, changing her last name from Klum to Samuel
– Mom Heidi’s last name has also been changed to Samuel, though it’s believed she’ll continue to use Klum professionally
“It’s [the adoption] only happened fairly recently. But it doesn’t make her any more or less my daughter. She always has been. All it means is that both Heidi and I wanted her to have the same last name as the rest of us. It was about Leni. I don’t want her to feel different because I know what that’s like, being a kind of stepson. And I don’t want that dynamic for my little girl.” – Seal, on legally adopting Leni.
“I was, like, Hmm, is this an insult or is this positive? I talked to Seal about it, and we’re, like, it’s actually kind of great—we’re all different shades and we came together and we all love each other. They may call it black and white, but I’m not white, I’m a shade of brown and so is our daughter, Leni. She’s the lightest, then it’s me, then it’s our son, and then it’s Seal. So I think, Hey, it’s actually kind of nice to have a ‘patchwork family.” – Heidi, on hearing her brood referred to as a “patchwork family” by a German newspaper.