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Seal was born to a Nigerian mother and Brazilian father in Kilburn, London. Both his parents were students with part-time jobs, and he was privately fostered with a white family with four born-to children in Essex, where he was very happy. When he was four years old, his mother reclaimed him (his parents had divorced), but two years later she became ill and returned (or was deported) to Nigeria to live, leaving him with his father.

His father had ambitions for Seal to become a doctor or lawyer and would not accept his desire to become a singer, and he was physically abused for years. He ran away from home and dropped out of school when he was 15

Eventually, he went to college and has a degree in architecture, but his interest remained focused on music, and has been a professional singer since his early 20s.

As a child he contracted lupus, which has left his face disfigured.


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Uk/great Britain
20th Century
21st Century
Music and Dance
Medical Problems, Chronic Illness
Birth or Infancy
Birth Parent(s) Relinquished Child
Others ("Strangers")
Adoptive/Foster Family Included Birth Child(ren)
Trans-Racial, Trans-Tribal, International or Trans-Cultural Adoption or Fostering
Temporary Care
Customary or Traditional Adoption, Informal and Extra-Legal Care
Both Parents Unable or Unwilling to Care for Child
In Contact With Birth Family
Birth Family Traced Adoptee/Fosteree
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