Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis announce ‘amicable separation’

The couple - who have two children together - were an item for 14 years

Johnny Depp and his long-term partner Vanessa Paradis have officially announced their split, after 14 years as an item.

The pair released a statement to Entertainment Tonight earlier today (June 19) via Depp’s publicist, which read:

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children.

The two actors met in 1998 in Paris and have two children, Lily-Rose and Jack. Earlier this year Depp revealed that he was “angry and frustrated” before having children. He told The Sun: “There is nothing on earth that could ever make me want to relive certain years of my life when I was young. You grow up a bit damaged or broken, then you have some success – but you don’t know how to feel good about the work you’re doing or the life you’re leading.”

Depp recently played guitar with The Black Keys at the MTV Movie Awards and also features on the title track of the new Patti Smith album ‘Banga’.

Smith explained to Spinner that she called Depp with the idea for the song while he was filming The Rum Diary. He then recorded her singing the track a capella down the line. “Then Johnny said he would send it to me so I wouldn’t forget,” said Smith. “So I’m waiting and waiting and he didn’t send it! I said, ‘Johnny, where’s ‘Banga’?’ He said, ‘Oh, you’ll get it’. And [when] I got it, he’d put drums, guitars, everything [on it]! So the first minute of the song is all me and Johnny Depp.”

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