Johnny Depp splits from Vanessa Paradis
HOLLYWOOD superstar Johnny Depp split on friendly terms from singer girlfriend Vanessa Paradis after the couple drifted apart.
The break-up after 14 years comes following the Pirates of the Caribbean actor Depp, 49, being linked with The Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard, 26, in April.
Sources said problems set in between American heart-throb Depp and French singer and actress Vanessa after they moved with their two children Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, ten, from the south of France to Los Angeles.
An insider said last night: “It’s so sad. Johnny and Vanessa gambled that they could move to California and be on long stays on film locations for his career. “They bet that things would continue there as they had in the south of France. They lost that bet.
“She went seven years between albums and films, while he became Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates films.” In January it emerged that Depp and Vanessa were living separate lives, staying in different hotels while in the same city. There were rumours that the relationship was in tatters.
They denied any rift, but have not been seen together since — and have not attended a red carpet bash jointly in over a year.
Just last month, Depp repeated his denials of a love split while he was in London.
He said: “The rumours are not true. They are absolutely not true. No matter what I say, people believe the opposite. I can’t say enough about it not being over.”
Amber was reported to have joined Depp in Las Vegas earlier this year as he plugged his new film Dark Shadows — and was pictured boarding his private jet.
Sparks of passion are said to have flown between Johnny and bisexual Amber when they filmed The Rum Diary in Puerto Rico in 2009. She is said to have danced for him seductively on the set of the movie, which is based on a Hunter S Thompson book.
Amber has said of her co-star: “He’s a wonderful artist and such a talented person. He’s charming.”
The actress — who “came out” with lesbian lover Tasya van Ree in 2010 — has also said: “When it comes to love, I’m totally open.”
Depp and Paradis met in Paris in 1998 when he saw the French star sitting at the bar of the Costes Hotel and invited her to join him at his table, where they spoke for hours. They soon set up home in Le Plan-de-la-Tour, a village in the south of France.
But as Depp’s profile rose and they were forced to spend more time in Hollywood, tensions developed in their relationship.
Depp established himself as one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars with the success of 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He is now thought to be worth a staggering £200million.
But Vanessa appeared to put her singing and acting career on the backburner to look after their children. Depp recently admitted he missed family life in France, saying the country gave him “a marvellous family and also an equilibrium which I missed enormously”.
In 2010, Vanessa said of her man: “I could make an endless list of all the things I admire about him.
“We understand that, if we want our relationship to continue, we must give each other space and trust each other.”
In another interview, she explained why the pair never felt the need to marry. She said: “I love the romance of ‘Let’s get married’. But then, when you have it so perfect… I mean I’m more married than anybody can be — we have two kids. Maybe one day — but it’s something I can really do without.”
But the tone changed in a recent interview in which she fuelled talk of a split: “I have a problem with the term ‘soulmates’. It scares me.
“It’s such a strong statement — it’s like a marriage contract. I believe in love and I want to believe it lasts forever. But you have to take things a day at a time and never know what comes next. All you can do is hope and love and live.”
Vanessa has cut a forlorn figure since rumours surfaced their romance was on the rocks.
The couple will now have to split their assets — including homes in LA, Paris and the Bahamas — and custody of their children.