Today, December 22, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of Vanessa Paradis, the French singer, model and actress. While the star has a powerful career in her own right, many people may know her as Johnny Depp’s former partner. The Pirates of the Caribbean star was with her for 14 years before they parted ways with her, but looking back on her relationship, Depp didn’t have enough wonderful things to say about her.
Depp and Paradis met on the set of the 1999 film The Ninth Gate. He recalled: “It was the Hôtel Costes. She was wearing a backless dress and I saw that back and that neck, and then she turned around and I saw those eyes, and – boom! My life as a single man was done.”
She remembered a similar instant connection between them. “We were in two different worlds,” she said. “He in America, me in France, but we had mutual friends. We saw each other sometimes over the course of four years. But then the day we met in Paris, we were both in the same world and free and it was just a instant. There was no more time to waste, there’s just no way around it.”
Less than a year after they got together, Paradis gave birth to their first daughter, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, on May 27, 1999. Depp even later revealed that she performed Keith Richards’ version of The Nearness of You to Lily-Rose as she was born. He said: “I played this from a boombox when Lily-Rose was born. This is her birth song. She came to this, man.” A few years later, on April 9, 2002, his son John Christopher “Jack” Depp III was born.
The family spent years together and Depp confirmed that he was happiest when he was with them.
Depp told Oprah how Paradis and her children changed his life. “[They] it completely changed it. I mean, Vanessa and my children gave me life. I just mean put myself in another, completely different field.”
Oprah asked, “It sounds like you found the love of your life.” Depp responded firmly: “Yes.”
Despite the love Depp shared with Paradis, they decided not to get married. He pointed out that they were as married as could be. “I never found myself needing that piece of paper,” she said. “Marriage is really soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart. You don’t need someone to say, ‘Okay, you’re married.'”
Unfortunately, just a few years later, in 2012, Depp and Paradis broke up.
The couple’s breakup was officially announced in June 2012. Depp’s publicist at the time said the couple “amicably parted ways” and asked for privacy.
A source told People at the time: “For months they tried to save the relationship, but for weeks they knew it couldn’t be saved… it was all decided before she even got on that plane.” While Paradis declined to talk about the end of her relationship with Depp, she did speak in broad strokes about it.
Depp said: “The last two years have been a bit bumpy,” he said. “Sometimes, admittedly unpleasant, but that’s the nature of breakups, I suppose, especially when children are involved. It doesn’t stop the fact that you care about that person, and they are the mother of your children. We will always know each other, and always They’re going to be in each other’s lives because of those kids. They better make the most of it.”
She added of her children: “They’ve been incredibly supportive, incredibly strong throughout the ordeal. And it’s hard all around. You know, Vanessa’s side, it’s certainly not easy. My side, it’s not easy. The kids are the most complicated”. .”
After Depp and Paradis parted ways, the former met up with Amber Heard. They quickly got married, and about 15 months later, they separated. He later accused him of assaulting her.
During the lengthy court battles between Depp and Heard, Paradis vehemently defended his former partner.
Paradis said that Depp was a “sensitive, caring and loved person”. She added: “In all these years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive to me and this is nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”
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