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Seal | Source: Getty Images
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Why Singer Seal Has Scars on His Face - 3 Pics of What He Would Look Like without Them

Milla Sigaba
Jun 20, 2024
09:50 A.M.
  • Singer Seal is commonly known for his distinctive facial scars caused by a mysterious medical condition.
  • Explore the harrowing story behind these lesions, including intimate details of his journey.
  • AI-generated images also offer a fascinating glimpse of what Seal might look like without his signature marks.
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Seal was in his early 20s when a small spot on his face led to a traumatic journey of countless doctor visits. He was desperate for a cure for a rare medical condition that no one could diagnose.

Photos of the Grammy-winning singer over the years capture what has become his trademark scars. However, AI-generated images provide a captivating glimpse at what Seal might look like without them.

Seal performing during Starlite Occident 2023 on July 7, in Malaga, Spain. | Source: Getty Images

Seal performing during Starlite Occident 2023 on July 7, in Malaga, Spain. | Source: Getty Images

Seal's Rise to Fame

Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, known to the world simply as Seal, was born in London, England, on February 19, 1963. Of Nigerian heritage, the singer's early life was marked by challenges.

He spent a period in foster care before being raised by his stepmother and abusive father. Despite these obstacles, Seal's passion for music became a guiding force in his life.

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Seal, circa 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Seal, circa 1991. | Source: Getty Images

The singer's breakthrough came with his collaboration with producer Adamski on the single, "Killer." The track soared to the top of the U.K. charts. This success paved the way for him to sign with ZIT, renowned producer Trevor Horn's label.

Trevor's influence was pivotal in shaping Seal's early career, producing his first four studio albums. In 1991, Seal released his self-titled debut album, which featured the hit single "Crazy."

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The song's moody, socially aware lyrics and unique sound resonated with audiences, securing the track a spot in the Top 10 of Billboard's pop chart. Seal's distinctive voice and style quickly garnered attention, earning him several Britain-based awards. Following the success of his debut, Seal released his second self-titled album in 1994.

Seal, circa 1994. | Source: Getty Images

Seal, circa 1994. | Source: Getty Images

This body of work solidified the singer's reputation as a talented and versatile musician. From the moment he arrived on the music scene, Seal's facial scars were already a part of his appearance. This made him instantly recognizable and was almost like a signature look.

These scars added to the unique presence he brought to his performances and public appearances. Seal has since established himself as a successful musician, known for his soulful voice and emotional depth.

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Seal performing during The Beat Goes On Concert Benefitting LIFEbeat on June 24, 1994, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Seal performing during The Beat Goes On Concert Benefitting LIFEbeat on June 24, 1994, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Seal and Heidi Klum: A Love Story and Family Journey

Seal and Heidi Klum's story began in February 2004, under unique circumstances. At the time, Heidi was pregnant with her first child, a daughter named Leni. The supermodel shared her daughter with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

Although the couple separated months before Leni's birth, they remained on good terms. Heidi welcomed Leni later that year in New York City. Her relationship with Seal then paved the way for the singer to step into a significant role in Leni's life.

Heidi Klum and Seal at the 2004 World Music Awards on September 15, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

Heidi Klum and Seal at the 2004 World Music Awards on September 15, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

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Seal ended up adopting Leni when she was five years old. In an interview, Seal shared his feelings about the adoption. "It doesn't make [Leni] any more or less my daughter. She always has been," the singer shared.

Seal acknowledged Flavio's respectful handling of the situation, expressing his admiration. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for him...I certainly have nothing but good things to say about the way he's been with us," Seal said.

Seal and Leni Klum photographed on June 20, 2007, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Seal and Leni Klum photographed on June 20, 2007, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

As Seal and Heidi's relationship blossomed, it led to a beautiful beach wedding in Mexico in 2005. The couple said "I do" near Seal's home on Costa Careyes.

Shortly after their wedding, they welcomed their first child together. Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel was born in a Los Angeles-area hospital. The baby boy inherited the name Günther as a tribute to Heidi's maternal grandfather.

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Seal holding his son Henry Samuel at a 2006 US Open game on September 8, in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. | Source: Getty Images

Seal holding his son Henry Samuel at a 2006 US Open game on September 8, in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York. | Source: Getty Images

In 2006, Seal and Heidi's family grew with the birth of their second son, Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel. A statement on Heidi's website proudly announced, "He is healthy, beautiful, and looks just like his mother."

Heidi Klum and her son Johan Samuel at an NBA game on January 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Heidi Klum and her son Johan Samuel at an NBA game on January 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Seal's family was completed in 2009 with the arrival of their daughter, Lou Sulola Samuel. Heidi gave birth to Lou on October 9 in Los Angeles. Seal later expressed his overwhelming love and amazement at their expanding family.

"It's difficult to imagine loving another child as much as you love your existing children. Anyone who has a family will tell you this. Where will one find that extra love? " Seal shared in a statement.

Seal with his girlfriend Laura Strayer and his children Leni, Lou, Henry, and Johan at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Book Of Clarence"  on January 5, 2024, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Seal with his girlfriend Laura Strayer and his children Leni, Lou, Henry, and Johan at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Book Of Clarence" on January 5, 2024, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

"On Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at 7:46 p.m., the answer to this question came in the form of our fourth child and second daughter. Lou Sulola Samuel was born, and from the moment she looked into both of our eyes, it was endless love at first sight," the statement continued.

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However, Seal admitted to initially being nervous about their fourth child. "I found myself thinking before Lou was born, 'We've got three kids, how on earth am I going to find any more love to give another kid?'" the singer shared. However, any doubts quickly vanished. Seal revealed, "In the grand scheme of things, it is the perfect life."

Seal and his daughter Lou Samuel spotted on February 22, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Seal and his daughter Lou Samuel spotted on February 22, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

During their marriage, Seal and Heidi often celebrated their love with annual vow renewals. This was a tradition Heidi fondly recalled during a 2021 interview. "I think I got married eight times to Seal. I thought it would be kind of, like, fun. I thought it would be a fest of love," she said.

However, despite their deep connection and shared experiences, Seal and Heidi announced their separation in 2012. Their divorce was later finalized in 2014.

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Seal and Heidi Klum photographed on June 23, 2011, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Seal and Heidi Klum photographed on June 23, 2011, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Reflecting on their split, Heidi admitted that despite her efforts, their marriage was "really not working." Nonetheless, they continued to co-parent their children. Heidi noted, "It could be easier sometimes, but everyone is healthy and that's the most important thing."

Heidi found love again with Tokio Hotel singer Tom Kaulitz, whom she married in 2019. As of 2021, Seal was happily involved with a secret partner who brought him "extreme happiness" and was all about "love and teamwork."

Seal at the premiere of "The Harder They Fall" on October 13, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Seal at the premiere of "The Harder They Fall" on October 13, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Seal Opens Up About His Scars

In a candid 2023 interview with Henry Winkler, Seal shared the deeply personal story behind his scars. "I remember my 21st birthday. I was sitting on a wall when a small spot appeared on one side of my face, and it progressively worsened. It turned out to be discoid lupus," the singer stated.

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Lupus is a chronic illness known for causing inflammation and pain in the body. The Lupus Foundation of America revealed that, as of 2020, about 1.5 million Americans have lupus. At least 5 million people worldwide are also affected.

The disease can affect the skin, joints, and organs. It can also cause a wide range of symptoms. Seal suffers from discoid lupus, characterized by coin-shaped lesions.

Seal at the NRJ Music Awards on January 24, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

Seal at the NRJ Music Awards on January 24, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

The "Killer" singer faced significant challenges in getting a diagnosis. "I saw numerous doctors, but no one knew what it was," he explained. He was poked, prodded, and examined. Eventually, the singer was also prescribed steroids.

"This went on for a long time. It wasn't until I gained fame and fortune that I could see a top specialist who finally diagnosed me with lupus," Seal said. He further admitted that the facial scars "shattered" his confidence. However, with time, the singer gained a new perspective on his condition.

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"Now, at the age of 60, if I could change anything... I wouldn't," he said thoughtfully. Seal's journey reflected deep personal growth. His scars were no longer something to conceal but an integral part of his identity.

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"Something that was initially traumatizing became something that made me instantly recognizable," he told Yahoo Lifestyle. Unfortunately, Seal's health challenges extend beyond lupus.

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He has also endured panic attacks and anxiety for decades. The singer recounted his first major panic attack, which occurred in a recording studio. "I was rushed to the hospital, convinced I was having a heart attack and dying," he said.

The singer described the nature of panic attacks as "destabilizing" and the fear of experiencing another as "cold, lonely, and dark." This has given him a profound empathy for others struggling to find help.

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"There is no shame or guilt in seeking help and talking about it, whether through therapy or friends. It needs to be shared," he emphasized. To manage his anxiety, Seal relied on exercise.

This stemmed from his recognition of the strong connection between mental health and physical activity. "Mental health and exercise go hand-in-hand," the singer shared.

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However, the singer also acknowledged that it can be "easier said than done." This is especially true for those suffering from depression. Meditation has also been a significant part of his routine, which he described as "huge for me."

Despite his challenges, Seal remains "grateful" for his experiences. "I'm not sitting here crying about my lupus or anxiety," he remarked. "I believe that my purpose is communication, and that is a blessing."

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How Seal Could Look Without the Scars on His Face According to AI

Thanks to modern technology, we can envision how people might look under different circumstances. The image below reveals a version of Seal that the world has never seen.

Without his scars, Seal's face stands out more. This AI-generated image highlights the singer's strong jaw and expressive eyes. The smooth skin gives him a different, yet still undeniably striking appearance.

How Seal could look without his facial scars according to AI. | Source: Midjourney

How Seal could look without his facial scars according to AI. | Source: Midjourney

In the second AI-generated image below, Seal is depicted against a serene beach backdrop. This version of Seal, without his familiar scars, exudes a powerful sense of calm and confidence. The smooth, unblemished skin highlights the singer's well-defined facial features.

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His sharp gaze also presents a different yet equally compelling image of the artist. The absence of scars draws attention to the natural contours of his face, which still reflect the depth and intensity that fans have come to associate with his music and public appearances.

How Seal could look without his facial scars according to AI. | Source: Midjourney

How Seal could look without his facial scars according to AI. | Source: Midjourney

In the third AI-generated image below, Seal is captured in an intense performance. His face is deeply expressive as he sings into the microphone. This image offers a new perspective on his stage presence. The smooth skin reveals a different side to his emotional delivery.

This depiction allows fans to see the raw emotion in Seal's performance more clearly. The lack of scars shows the lines of focus and emotion on his face.

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How Seal could look without his facial scars according to AI. | Source: Midjourney

How Seal could look without his facial scars according to AI. | Source: Midjourney

Seal has journeyed through fame, family life, and personal challenges over the years. This journey has painted a portrait of resilience and authenticity. These AI-generated images provide an intriguing glimpse of an alternate appearance. However, it is his real-life story—marked by strength and acceptance—that truly resonates.

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