In 2018, Heidi Klum’s oldest daughter, Leni Klum reunited with her biological father in Italy. All these years, Heidi’s ex-husband Seal raised Leni as her own before the German-American super-model married Tom Kaulitz. News outlets published Leni and her father’s pictures last year, here is all you need to know about Flavio, the Italian businessman, who is Leni’s biological father.
Who Is Leni’s Biological Father?
Leni Klum’s biological father is Flavio Briatore. The 68-year-old Italian businessman dated Heidi Klum in early 2003. Leni was born after the duo split in 2004. Flavio Briatore also served as the Commercial Director of the Benetton Formula One racing team, and later he was appointed as the MD of Benetton Formula. He also worked as a team principal for Renault until 2009. In 2009, Flavio departed from Renault after facing several charges.
Also known as a soccer tycoon, nightclub owner and majorly, a “babe magnet”, Flavio has a reputation as Benetton’s playboy. His improbable character was the reason for his split from Heidi. Apart from Heidi, Flavio is known for dating some of the world’s most beautiful women like Adriana Volpe, Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson.
After his split from Heidi, Leni was adopted by the supermodel’s ex-husband Seal, who shares three other kids with her. Per reports, Heidi and Briatore remained in touch and even met each other for a heartfelt reunion in 2018. Well, this was the time when Leni finally got to meet her dad.
A Heartfelt Reunion With Flavio…
In 2018, several news outlets published Leni’s pictures with her biological father, Flavio Briatore. It was reported that the Italian businessman met Leni and Heidi for dinner at the Cala Di Volpe hotel in Porto Cervo. Along with them, Heidi’s ex-husband Sean and their three kids were also present.
A source explained, “Everyone was happy and having fun,” the site writes, adding that Flavio joined the family for a meal. It’s unclear if this was a one-off or if he will be seeing Leni more regularly.” In a previous interview, Flavio opened up about his relationship with his daughter.
He stated that Leni is his natural daughter, but the three of them have agreed that it made more sense if Seal adopted her because a child needs to grow up in a family, something, playboy could not offer them. In 2016, Flavio stated that he has built a strong relationship with Heidi and Seal.
It came out that Leni used to speak to Flavio on the phone as a child. At that time, Heidi was living in Los Angeles and Flavio resided in London. That time, Flavio also gave birth to a son, with model Elisabetta Gregoraci after marrying her in 2008.
In his previous interview, Flavio stated that he’s made his peace with the situation. “It’s hard to miss a baby that you never see. But I know that Leni is not an abandoned child. Leni is part of Seal’s family and Nathan is part of mine,” Flavio concluded. As for Heidi Klum, the 46-year-old supermodel is now happily married to Tom Kaulitz, co-founder of the rock band, Tokio Hotel, and recently celebrated his third anniversary with the ‘AGT’ judge.