It's been about six months since Johnny Depp broke up with Vanessa Paradis, and he's been awfully quiet about it. I guess it's not surprising, since he's usually a pretty private guy. But he's talking now -- Depp opened up to Rolling Stone about his split with Paradis, his girlfriend of 14 years and the mother of their two kids. All we want to know is: What went wrong, Johnny? How did your love for Vanessa go so, so wrong?
Depp kind of blames the split on his Hollywood career. "Relationships are very difficult," Depp says. "Especially in the racket that I'm in because you're constantly away or they're away and so it's hard. It wasn't easy on her. It wasn't easy on me. It wasn't easy on the kids." God, think of all those crazy, big-budget Pirates of the Caribbean movies, plus his independent projects, plus Vanessa's projects. I guess even having a private island of their very own wasn't enough to save them.
But then he gets vague: "So, yeah. The trajectory of that relationship -- you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another." What the hell does that mean? Did "one thing" lead to Amber Heard? Sounds kind of passive, actually. But wait, he follows it with something really sweet: "So for whatever reason that ceases, it doesn't stop the fact that you care for that person, and they're the mother of your kids, and you'll always know each other, and you're always gonna be in each other's lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it." Did I say sweet? Maybe not exactly sweet, but thoughtful.
And then Johnny goes back to his kids, Lily-Rose and Jack. He says he didn't act out the way he did after his breakups with Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. "I felt it was my duty to be real clear throughout that. I had something pretty serious to focus on, really, which was making sure that my kids were gonna be cool." And they are! According to Depp, anyway.
"They've been incredibly understanding, incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal," Depp says. He believes in being honest with them about what's been going on, and not trying to shield them from mom and dad's changing relationship. "Kiddies come first," he adds, and claims those kiddies get told 75 times a day that they're loved. And so this is the part where we all swoon, because who doesn't love hearing Depp talk about how much he loves his kids? Daww...
Do you think it really was Depp's career that drove him apart from Vanessa?
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