This week, Johnny Depp confirmed what had long been rumored: His 14-year romance with Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children, is over. While this may come as a surprise to some, they had been living separate lives for a while with the 49-year-old Hollywood icon attending events solo, hanging out with friends (including Marilyn Manson), and spending time on his other passion: music.
On June 19, Depp addressed the breakup in a statement to "Entertainment Tonight": "Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children." The news came six months after People magazine did a cover story on the duo, declaring that their love had "gone wrong," they were leading "separate lives," and Depp had been "living single." It came one month after the actor himself denied a split. “The rumors are not true,” he said. “They are absolutely not true. No matter what I say about this, people believe the opposite. I can't say enough about it not being over."
While no one knows what exactly went on behind closed doors, Depp and Paradis, a French singer and actress, have been leading separate lives publicly for some time. The last time Depp and Paradis, 39, were photographed together on the red carpet was in May 2010. The duo, who had been introduced to each other at a mutual friend's house in France in 1993, attended the Cannes International Film Festival together. Arm in arm, they smiled while posing for photographers. She looked radiant in a halter style dress with sexy side slits; he had on a suit and one of his trademark hats. While they were spotted together again after that – their whole family, including daughter Lily-Rose, 13, and son Jack, 10, attended a Dolphins football game in Miami that fall, and Depp accompanied Paradis to a concert in New York City in February 2011 – Depp attended the Golden Globes without Paradis in January, she flew solo at the premiere of “Café de Flore,” and they haven't been seen together since.
So how has Depp been spending his time now that he's single? For one, he's working. His latest Tim Burton collaboration, “Dark Shadows,” came out in May, so he traveled the globe promoting that. Now his focus is on "The Lone Ranger." In the Disney flick, Depp plays Tonto and he’ll be filming in locations from Colorado to New Mexico all summer, wrapping in August. When he’s not working, he returns to Los Angeles where his children are finishing up the school year.
During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in May, Depp revealed he’s been hanging out more with his "very good friend" Manson. They met when the shock rocker was an extra on "21 Jump Street" and stayed friends. Depp noted that Manson even performed at his son Jack’s 10th birthday party! According to People magazine, Depp has been spending late nights at the singer's Hollywood-area home. He's also had many solo nights out in Los Angeles.
And because Depp has often been dubbed one of the sexiest stars in Hollywood, there are no shortage of new romance rumors. One that just won't go away is that he’s dating his "The Rum Diaries" co-star Amber Heard. Various reports stated she traveled with him to promote "Dark Shadows" and was seen exiting a private plane with him in Las Vegas. Another story stated that Depp bought Heard, 26, a horse "so they can ride together.” However, the openly bisexual actress is reportedly in a long-term relationship with artist Tasya van Ree. Tabloids have also linked Depp to his "Dark Shadows" co-star Eva Green and his longtime publicist Robin Baum. Again, neither report has been substantiated.
As for Paradis, she's attended the Cabourg Festival of Romantic Cinema in Paris on June 14. People reported that the "glum-looking" Paradis appeared "tired" and "didn't look well or happy." Something that might turn her frown upside down is the rumored $156 million payout that Depp will give her “to keep the split amicable.”
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