Hollywood relationships are usually kept as private as possible, and no more so than when one is ending.
But Seal became an exception to the golden rule by discussing his split from Heidi Klum just two days after the couple announced their separation.
Now, the 49-year-old British singer is defending his reasons for speaking so openly about his marital woes when the wounds from the split were so fresh.
He said on Australia's Fifi and Jules radio show: 'When you publicise your marriage as much as our marriage was publicised, when you renew wedding vows, when you do all those things, what you are saying to people is ... you're giving people a picture of an ideal relationship that people aspire to.
'When it goes south, you can't all of a sudden take the philosophy of a monk and decide to go for a vow of silence. It doesn’t really work like that.
'I respect my wife's decision not to talk about that, but I felt that people at least deserved some kind of explanation why the picture of the ideal wasn't what they thought it was.'