Since Johnny Depp and long-time partner Vanessa Paradis split in June 2012, the actor has not spoken about the breakup in public. But the 50-year-old veteran actor broke his silence for the July 4 issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
Depp and Paradis began dating in 1998 while filming The Ninth Gate. The couple never married, but they had two kids – daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp (born 1999), and son John “Jack” Christopher Depp III (born 2002).
In the upcoming July 4 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Depp revealed that “the last couple of years have been a bit bumpy” for him. He explained: “At times, certainly unpleasant, but that’s the nature of breakups. I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved. Relationships are very difficult. Especially in the racket that I’m in because you’re constantly away or they’re away and so it’s hard.”
Depp didn’t play the victim card either. He continued: “It wasn’t easy on her. It wasn’t easy on me. It wasn’t easy on the kids. So, yeah. The trajectory of that relationship – you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another. 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.”
Being a father, his breakup from Paradis after 14 years together was done more carefully than his other high-profile breakups from Kate Moss and Winona Ryder. Depp said: “In terms of the breakup, I definitely wasn’t going to rely on the drink to ease things or cushion the blow or cushion the situation. ‘Cause that could have been fatal. 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.”
As for their teenage kids, Johnny said they’ve been “incredibly understanding” and “incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal.” He added: “And it’s hard on every side. You know, Vanessa’s side, certainly not easy. My side, not easy. The kids are the most complicated. The thing is, kiddies come first. You can’t shield them, because then you’d be lying. So you can at least be honest with your kids, and you say the absolute truth to your child – that was very important to not pussyfoot around.”
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