Records first collection of soul standards, Soul
Achieves first US number one with "Kiss From A Rose"
Releases self-titled debut solo album
Scores UK number one with Adamski collaboration, "Killer"
Released his ninth studio album 7
The cause of the scars on Seal's face are the result of a type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematosus - a condition that specifically affects the skin above the neck.
In October 2011, Seal was criticised by Human Rights Watch for appearing at the birthday celebrations of the President of Chechnya - who has been accused of torture, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings of political opponents and human rights workers in Chechnya. Seal refused to apologise for reportedly pocketing $500,000 for his appearance, tweeting, "Leave me out of your politics."
In October of 2012, Seal and his wife Heidi Klum announced that they were ending their eight year marriage; the divorce was finalized in October 2014.