Helene Boshoven Samuel Facts
Other Name:- Leni
Born On:- 2004-05-04
Her Age:- 17
Famous As:- Daughter of Heidi Klum
Place of Birth:- New York, United States
Mother:- Heidi Klum
Father:- Flavio Briatore
Brothers/Sisters:- Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo, Lou Sulola
Helene Boshoven Samuel is the first child of German-American model, fashion designer and entrepreneur Heidi Klum, and adopted daughter of British musician-singer Seal. She was born through a brief romantic affair of her mother with Flavio Briatore, an Italian businessman and managing director of Renault’s Formula One team. Heidi and Flavio parted ways when the actress was pregnant with Leni (Helene Boshoven Samuel’s birth name). Heidi subsequently began dating Seal who was present during Leni’s birth and eventually adopted the girl. Leni later took the surname of Seal, and has three half-siblings through Seal and Heidi and one through Flavio.
Making Headlines before Birth
Helene Boshoven Samuel happened to draw a lot of attention from the moment her mother, Heidi Klum, announced her pregnancy in December 2003. Heidi, who was married to stylist Ric Pipino from 1997 to 2002, started a relationship with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore in March 2003. Heidi and Flavio, however, parted ways a few weeks after the actress announced her pregnancy. According to Flavio, professional pursuits of the two, with Heidi staying in Los Angeles and Flavio in London, created an “unbridgeable” gap between them. Subsequently the pregnant and single Heidi met musician Seal during the dinner of a London awards event. The two met again a couple of weeks later at an exclusive New York gym. They soon developed a bond and started dating while Heidi was still pregnant. Heidi told Seal about her pregnancy the day after her first date with him in Los Angeles.
Growing up under the Spotlight
Helene Boshoven Samuel was born Leni on May 4, 2004, in New York City, New York, US, with Seal by the side of Heidi. Seal, who had a troubled childhood and was raised by a foster family, resolved to become a good father figure. He was only willing to take the responsibility of the unborn child and later, Heidi and Seal came to an agreement with Flavio to let Seal be the father figure of Leni. Heidi later clarified that Flavio is in no way involved in the life of Leni and also stated emphatically that “Seal is Leni’s father.” Seal later praised Flavio for maintaining distance from Leni and for not disrupting her life. Meanwhile, Heidi and Seal continued dating after Leni’s birth and got engaged on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia, in December 2004. The two tied the knot on May 10, 2005 on a beach in Mexico. Leni eventually had three half-siblings through the couple, brothers Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo, born in September 2005 and November 2006 respectively; and sister Lou Sulola, born in October 2009. Heidi officially adopted Seal’s surname on November 21, 2009, and became legally known as Heidi Samuel. A month later Leni was officially adopted by Seal following which her name was legally changed to Helene Samuel. Leni is believed to be quite close to her half-siblings from her mother’s side.
The otherwise happy family of Leni faced a setback when Heidi and Seal called it quits and announced on January 22, 2012, that they were separating. Heidi filed for divorce on April 6, 2012, and also made a request that she be allowed to restore her birth name of Heidi Klum. Divorce of the couple was finalized on October 14, 2015. Nevertheless the musician continues to remain in Leni’s life as her only father figure and Heidi has also stuck to her earlier statement that Seal is Leni’s father. Leni shares a great bond with both Heidi and Seal and is often seen attending events with her superstar mother.
Helene Boshoven Samuel’s Biological Father – Flavio Briatore
According to sources, Flavio used to speak to Leni everyday over phone when the girl had grown up a bit. As the subject came up while giving an interview to Italian newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera,’ the biological father of Leni insisted that “it wasn’t enough.” Leni also has a biological sibling, Falco Nathan Briatore, born in 2010 in Nice, France, through Flavio’s marriage with the ‘Wonderbra’ model Elisabetta Gregoraci. In a meeting with Dailymail, Flavio expressed that it is hard to miss a child that you have never observed. He added that he realised that Leni is not an abandoned child and it is just that she is a part of Seal’s family and Nathan is a part of his family.
Education, Career & Popularity
Details of Helene’s schooling and educational qualifications are not known. She has not yet pursued any profession and it is also not known as to what field she will choose as her career. However speculations does the rounds that there is high possibility that the tall, gorgeous, and confident girl now resembles a model and strikes perfect poses in photographs, and may follow footsteps of her supermodel mother into showbiz.