The famously affectionate couple confirmed during the weekend they had separated.
"In terms of our love and respect for each other, it hasn't changed at all," People.com said Seal told PBS interviewer Tavis Smiley in an interview scheduled to air Friday. "And I think that when two people feel that way about each other, it is easy -- it is easier to make that transition."
Seal said their four young children are "their first priority."
"What one has to do in this situation is remain civil and to retain one's dignity and to be professional and to understand that we are not the only people on this planet that go through this," he said. "It is just, unfortunately, a chapter of life."