Johnny Depp's Split From Vanessa Paradis Hits Extra Hard

johnny depp vanessa paradisJohnny Depp's 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis, partner and mother of his children, Lily-Rose, 12, and Jack, 9, is all but officially over, according to the latest issue of People. Reportedly, multiple sources are quoted in the celeb mag's cover story, discussing how the couple has been living separate lives for almost the past two years, and although they "could work things out ... they have both changed -- a lot." The only word that anyone seems to be able to come up with to describe this is "sad." It really is. 

But what makes it even worse is that it seems like Johnny and Vanessa thought they had figured out the secret to a solid, lasting relationship.

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Even though more and more couples are passing on marriage or putting it off these days, the Depp-Paradis union could still be considered, even by today's standards, as unconventional. They claimed they didn't need marriage to prove anything, as Johnny famously told Extra:

I never found myself needing that piece of paper. Marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don't need somebody to say, okay you're married.

There are a slew of reasons some people would opt to skip marriage, including Johnny's argument. But there those who seem to feel that defying societal expectations by simply living together and saying "screw that" to marriage is going to safeguard them against a nasty or depressing break-up. Looking at Johnny and Vanessa, that's clearly not the case. Whether you're bonded soul to soul or by a piece of paper, one way or the other, splits can become inevitable. 

Sure, there's research asserting that people who pass on marriage are doomed from the get-go, but then you've got that nasty divorce rate that keeps climbing. So, really, at this point, it doesn't look like one lifestyle or choice (marriage vs. cohabitating) over the other is a sure bet for saving a long-term relationship. Maybe if a relationship is broken beyond repair, it's going to end -- whether it was conventional or not.

Still, poor Johnny and Vanessa. If they really can't make it work as a couple, I really hope they can figure something out that saves their kids from strife.

What do you think -- which route is more likely to save a relationship: Marriage or cohabitation or neither?

 

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