09/03/2012 at 11:50 AM EDT
It's Heidi Klum
's turn in the recent exchange of words between her and ex husband, Seal.
"I cherish all of the great memories Seal and I created together over the years," Klum says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.
"Our separation was based on issues between the two of us," she continues. "Seal has moved on and so have I. My priority has and continues to be protecting and providing for our children."
Klum's statement comes in the wake of a comment by Seal
– which he later clarified – concerning his estranged wife's relationship with her bodyguard, with whom she was seen getting cozy in Sardinia
Seal, 49, first said he wished Klum, 39, had "waited until we separated first before deciding to "fornicate with the help,"
but later clarified
that he wasn't implying Klum cheated on him
before their January separation
The whole saga was an unexpected drama after what both Seal and Klum said in January was an "amicable" separation.
"We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much," they told PEOPLE at the time. "Protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority."