*Turns out no one was more surprised about the Seal/Heidi Klum split than Seal himself, the singer revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“I think we were shocked,” he told the talk show host in a segment airing today (Jan. 24). “You go into these things with the greatest intentions when you say ‘I do’ and you say ”til death do us part.’ Those vows hold value. They are not just words.” [Scroll down to watch clip.]

Seal and Klum, 38, made their split official in a joint statement released late Sunday: “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.”

On “Ellen,” Seal stressed that his split is amicable, and the two of them will work to make sure that their relationship doesn’t sour for the sake of their four children.

“You try and you work through it and the thing that you quickly realize when you are married and you become a parent you do the best that you can,” he said. “The thing I’m most proud about this great woman who I married (and I really do mean that from the bottom of my heart), is that together she has given me four incredible gifts … four beautiful children.

“She still, in my opinion, is the most wonderful woman in the world.”

Shortly after he and Klum announced their decision to go their separate ways, rumors began to swirl regarding the reasoning behind the split, with sources coming forward to claim that the singer’s anger issues contributed to their separation. A source close to the couple has since slammed the reports.

“Trust me, that’s not true,” the source told the New York Daily News. “I’ve been with him and Heidi together, and they adore these children. That’s not the question. He will protect his kids and his family from any harm.”

Seal, in fact, told Ellen that he has yet to remove his wedding band – and doesn’t know if he ever will.

“Yes, I am still wearing my ring. I think it’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman,” the singer, 48, said. “We have eight years. Eight wonderful years together. Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean you take off your ring and you’re no longer connected to that person.

“We will be connected in many ways ‘til the rest of our lives. …Will we wear the ring for the rest of our lives? Who knows? But right now it feels really comfortable on my hand so I have intentions of taking it off anytime soon.”

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