Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis announce they have split after 14 yearsDepp's publicist confirmed couple have 'amicably separated'
Split rumours denied for months by Depp and ParadisNot seen at a public event together since 2010
Depp has been linked to bisexual Rum Diaries co-star Amber HeardCouple have two children, several homes around the world and he is worth an estimated $300million
21:31 GMT, 19 June 2012
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have split after nearly 14 years together.
The actor's publicist finally confirmed this afternoon the couple had 'amicably separated' after the couple had consistently and publicy denied their relationship was in trouble.
Depp, 49, and Paradis, 39, have two children,
Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, 9.
The French-born actress and the American star who famously never married, have not been seen at a public event together since 2010.
Vanessa did not attend any of the promotional events for recent film for Dark Shadows or The Rum Diaries, in which he starred alongside blonde bisexual actress Amber Heard, whom Depp has been romantically linked to.
Making it official: Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have announced they are splitting after 14 years together
News of the split comes just a month after it was claimed the couple were 'working on' getting their relationship back on track.
The 'Dark Shadows' star recently blasted untrue speculation about his
relationship being over and said: 'The rumours are not true. 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.'
And it seems that Depp was determined to weather the bad times, making a last ditch bid to save the relationship.
At the time a source told E! News: 'For the first time in a long time, he is talking about her [Vanessa]. They both want to make it work.'
Rumours: Depp and his Rum Diaries co-star Amber Heard who was seen accompanying him to Las Vegas on his private jet as he promoted his latest film Dark Shadows
Paradis also denied the speculation and hit out against the claims in TV chat show Le Grand Journal as she promoted her new movie Cafe de Flore.
She said: ''People say we are buying houses in the middle of nowhere, or that we have fifty two houses in France.
'And that is along with saying we split up every winter and get married every summer, and that I'm on my twelfth pregnancy.
'All that is not too serious, but this latest one is a rumour which could cause a lot of harm to my family and my children.'
However, a few months later a number of publications carried
pictures and reports that Johnny and Heard enjoyed a trip together to
Las Vegas on a private plane when he was in town promoting Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows.
Hitching more than a ride Heard was snapped boarding Depp's private jet with the actor in Las Vegas in April
Again, Vanessa was nowhere to be seen and didn't accompany him on any of
his promotional duties for the film.
Hiding her troubles: A glum-looking Vanessa hidden under a big hat jetted out of Los Angeles last week
Last month they continued to deny that their
relationship was on the rocks, but Vanessa was snapped walking round Los Angeles looking rather glum and hiding under a big hat.
week she scowled at photographers as she flew out of Los Angeles under
another huge hat as she jetted to France for the Cabourg Film Festival.
And ever the professional, three days later she flashed her sexy gap-toothed smile as she joined her co-stars for the photocall for her new movie Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit (I Was Made Very Small).
And throughout the day she did not
shy away from meeting people and was happy to sign items for fans, even
though the announcement of her split from Depp was imminent.
48, and Vanessa, 39, got together in 1998 when they met in the Costes
Hotel in Paris while he was filming the Roman Polanski film The Ninth
He had had a high-profile engagement
to Winona Ryder and a long-term relationship with Kate Moss and she had
just come out of a relationship with French-Slovenian actor Stanislas Merhar, having been reportedly previously engaged to singer Lenny Kravitz.
A year after they got together, Depp
and Paradis's first child, daughter Lily-Rose Melody, was born, followed
by their son John 'Jack' Christopher in 2002.
2007, the family were in London when Lily-Rose fell ill with a serious
E.coli infection that caused her kidneys to start shutting down and she
was rushed to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
So grateful was Depp for the care and
attention the staff gave his daughter that in November 2007 he visited
in his Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow to visit the
patients and the following year he donated 1million to the hospital.
Ever the professional: Just a couple of days ago, Vanessa put on a brave face as she attended a photocall for her new film in Cabourg, France and happily signed autographs for fans
He and Paradis never married but he
recently stated that having children cemented roots for him and added
that they gave him 'real foundation, a real strong place to stand in
life, in work, in everything'.
New love: Depp and Paradis at the Sleepy Hollow premiere in 1999, just a year after they met
'You can't plan the kind of deep love that results in children.
Fatherhood was not a conscious decision. It was part of the wonderful
ride I was on. It was destiny; kismet. All the math finally worked.'
And Paradis explained why the pair never felt the need to marry and 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.'
In 2010, she also gushed: '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, allow
each other to go off on our own, and trust each other. Not everyone is
lucky enough to be given space and trust.'
Depp is worth an estimated $300million and the family have divided their time
between their homes in Meudon, in the suburbs of Paris, two in Los
Angeles, an island he bought in The Bahamas and their villa in Le
Plan-de-la-Tour, a small town 20 km from Saint-Tropez, in the south of
Gothic: Depp's LA mansion that he bought in 1996 for $3million which was originally built for Bela Lugosi
Italian bolthole: Depp also purchased the Palazzo Don Sangiantoffetti in Venice for 8.58million in 2011 after falling in love with the city after filming The Tourist with Angelina Jolie the year before
Star of the seas: Depp in one of his most famous roles as Captain jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean
JOHNNY AND VANESSA – TIMELINE OF A LOVE AFFAIR
SUMMER 1998 – They meet in a hotel in Paris shortly after he split from supermodel Kate Moss after a four-year relationship
MAY 1999 – Daughter Lily-Rose Melody is born
APRIL 2002 – Son John 'Jack' Christopher is born
FEBRUARY 2008 – The couple make their last appearance at the Academy Awards together
MAY 2010 – Depp and Vanessa attend the Chanel Party at the Cannes Film Festival – it would be their last public event together
JANUARY 2012 – Vanessa denies that she and Depp have split to French TV chat show Le Grand Journal
MAY 2012 – Depp denies split rumours at the London premiere of his latest film Dark Shadows
JUNE 2012 – His publicist makes an official announcement confirming that Depp and Vanessa have gone their separate ways