You hear about it all the time. Girl and guy date for years, maybe even have children and buy property together, but decide marriage is just not for them. Wow, cool, you think -- these two are clearly so secure and in love that they don't need their relationship to be defined. Then -- bam! -- couple break up and one or both of them immediately marry other people. What the heck?! This pretty much describes Johnny Depp and his ex Vanessa Paradis' situation perfectly. After a 14-year relationship with the French actress and singer -- who is also the mother of his two children - Depp is marrying Amber Heard. And we've finally got the goods on why he never put a ring on Vanessa's finger

The 50-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star 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.

Johnny hinted at the fact that Vanessa was actually the one who opposed marriage -- a fact she has admitted -- by adding, "If Vanessa wanted to get hitched, why not. But the thing is, I'd be so scared of ruining her last name. She's got such a good last name." 

The first part of that quote -- great. But the last part -- just lame. It's very possible Johnny and Vanessa had such a good thing that taking that additional leap wouldn't have changed their relationship one bit. You certainly don't need to get married to have a fulfilling love life. But, given what he's saying about Vanessa, aren't you dying to know WHY he chose to propose to Amber? 

Is it possible that, at 50, Johnny now feels like the "piece of paper" he previously dismissed offers him that sense of security when marrying 27-year-old Amber that he never before felt like he needed? Or maybe Amber is an old-fashioned woman who would like to be married and have children with Johnny? If that's the case, I think it's sweet and honorable that he is agreeing to do something he doesn't feel is necessary in a relationship.

What do you think? Do you believe Johnny's reason for not marrying Vanessa?

 

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