Seal Opens Up About His Facial Scars Which Became His Trademark Over The Years

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At the age of 27, Seal released his first-ever song and made a place for himself in the music industry. But before this he wasn’t living a smooth life, he had worked many jobs. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel from London, England, grew up in foster care and has sold over 20 million records worldwide.

Later, he moved in with his dad’s family and because of his dad’s h-arsh behavior towards him, he didn’t show his musical skills to him and around. Remembering the moment he was asked to perform in front of his parents for the first time, he says “the startling moment” of his life.

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During a Parent-Teacher Association event he performed a Johnny Nash song when he was 11, everyone clapped for him and his parents were surprised to hear his voice and talent.
He remembered: “I closed my eyes, sang the song, and at the end of it everyone clapped. My parents were just sh-ocked.” “And it turned from the frightening place in the world to the most welcoming place. I never forgot that feeling. It was a spiritual feeling, it was healing, it overstepped the physical and became more of a cathartic balm or elixir for my spirit, for my soul.”

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“Music has always had that. I think that’s been my ‘MO’, because I don’t know any other way, for better or worse.” Over the years, Seal received a huge number of awards, including three Grammys, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Talking about his love for music, Seal said: “I just assumed at an early age that that was the ‘why’ behind the music. Not necessarily what it would do, but why it would do. ‘Why do I sing, why do I have a voice, why does it connect with people?’ And I always assumed that that was why.”

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“That one was meant to offer that same relief, give that same compassion, and make that same connection available for everyone else. I guess my songs reflect that. They have been less religious and more allegorical, offering an account of life as I’ve been experiencing it. The older I get, I’ve come to understand it’s not all that different from anyone else’s, to be honest,” he explained.

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Seal is also in gossip talks as he is the ex-husband of supermodel Heidi Klum with whom he has four children. The relationship which Seal and Heidi shared was truly unique. However, it was heartbr-eaking to hear when they officially announced their separation after seven years of marriage. The former pair made the statement: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal, and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate. We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart.”

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Many fans of Seal can’t help but wonder how he got the scars on his face, which he embraces and which became his trademark. Seal disclosed regarding it and explained how his scars are a result of discoid lupus, which causes coin-like s-carring of the skin. When he was 21 he was diagnosed with it. According to Yahoo Lifestyle, he said, “Something that had kind of been initially tr-aumatizing turned out to be something that has made me instantly recognizable.”

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He also spoke openly of his struggle with pa-nic outbr-eaks. He first had a big pa-nic and uncertainty outbreak while at a recording studio and misunderstood it for a heart outbreak. He was hurried to the hospital and says he’s understanding how to bear with it. Seal said, “It’s given me such empathy and understanding for people who can’t get help.” “There is no shame… There is no guilt in asking for help and talking about it, whether it’s treatment or a friend. It needs to be shared.”

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