Johnny Depp has spoken in depth about the end of his 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis. The couple — who never married but share two children together, Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11 — shocked fans when they split last June. Now, one year on, the film star has opened up about their separation.
In the upcoming issue of Rolling Stones magazine, Johnny admitted that "the last couple of years have been a bit bumpy" for him.
"At time, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of break-ups, " he said. "I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved.
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"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."
The Hollywood superstar, 50, continued, "It wasn't easy on her. It wasn't easy on me. It wasn't easy on the kids…
"It doesn't stop the fact that you care for that person, and they're the mother of your kids. 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."
Johnny also said that his children had kept him grounded throughout the split. "I had something pretty serious to focus on, really, which was making sure that my kids were gonna be cool," he said.
"They've been incredibly understanding. Incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal. 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."