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Why Heidi Klum Secretly Cries About Her Daughter Leni Leaving For College

"I literally have to go cry somewhere and come back because it’s so sad."

By Tayi Sanusi

America's Got Talent Judge Heidi Klum recently opened up about something very close to home: Her oldest daughter, Leni, leaving for college. In a recent interview with Talent Recap, the model and TV personality talked about how tough it's been to know her daughter won't be living at home anymore.

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"I’ve never gone to a dorm or anything like that, we don’t have dorms in Germany," Klum told the interviewer Jackelyn Shultz. "She’s not going to a dorm, but I see these crazy things that people do all the time and I’m like, I hope she’s holding on to all of the things I’ve been telling her all her life. Have fun, just not too much."

Although coming to terms with a child moving out is never easy, Klum knows that it's for the best. 

"I’m trying not to freak out, 'cause, you know, we all have to do this at some point, we all have to leave the nest," added Klum. "You can’t forever live with your parents."

Klum also shared the intimate details of her secret crying routine.The star makes a point to excuse herself from the family dinner table when she's feeling emotional about the imminent transition. 

"Sometimes I sit at the dinner table…and I literally have to go cry somewhere and come back because it’s so sad," said Klum. 

The mother of four also told Access Hollywood that Leni is moving to New York, a city the family has a lot of history with. 

"New York is kind of our home away from home. We’ve always been in New York filming and shooting and my daughter knows New York very well, so it’s not like going to a new place she’s never been before," explained Klum. "So, I think she’ll do OK with the city."

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