Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp Relationship Timeline (UPDATED)

Johnny Depp had a 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis before suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation. While filming The Ninth Gate in Paris in 1998, Johnny Depp struck up a friendship with a French model. “She was wearing a dress with an exposed back and I saw that back and that neck, and then she turned around and I saw those eyes, and — boom!” He said so in an interview with the Daily Mail back in 2011. “You have this feeling — I can’t really explain what it was, but I had it when I met her. I saw her across a room and thought: ‘What’s happening to me?’”

Although Depp married Heard in 2015, he never wedded Paradis, whom he divorced in 2012. Lily-Rose, born in 1999, and Jack, born in 2002, are their children. Explanations for why the Nightmare on Elm Street actor and the Heartbreaker actress never got married were given in an interview with Extra in 2010.

“I never found myself needing that piece of paper. Marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don’t need somebody to say, OK you’re married,” he told the outlet. The actor continued, “If Vanessa wanted to get hitched, why not. But the thing is, I’d be so scared of ruining her last name! She’s got such a good last name.”

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After 14 years of marriage, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis divorced in 2012. The 21 Jump Street alum opened all about the breakup in a 2013 Rolling Stone interview. “The last couple years have been a bit bumpy. At times, certainly unpleasant, but that’s the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved,” he said.

For the benefit of his children, Johnny Depp stated that he maintained a professional demeanor during their divorce.

“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,” he said. “‘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.”

Defending Johnny Depp reputation in 2020, Vanessa Paradis issued a statement in which she described him as a “kind, generous, and non-violent person and father.” A direct response to Depp’s alleged physical abuse of his ex-wife Heard, the statement was issued.

Relationship Timeline

1998

Depp was filming The Ninth Gate in Paris at the time of their first encounter. As the Sleepy Hollow star told the Daily Mail in 2011, “You have this feeling—I can’t really define what it was, but I had it when I met her.”

1999

Lily-Rose was born to Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp in May of 1999. In 2016, amid allegations that Depp had physically abused Heard, then-teenage Lily-Rose wrote via Instagram, “My dad is the sweetest, most loving person I know, he’s been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.”

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2002

Jack was the couple’s second child, and he was named after their son. “With my kids, they’re told 75 times a day that they’re loved. One thing I know is they feel loved and secure and happy and needed and necessary and a part of something,” Depp told Rolling Stone in 2013.

2004

Little Hall’s Pond Cay in the Bahamas was purchased by the couple so that they could spend more time together as a family in peace. While filming for Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp came into the 45-acre paradise and purchased it for $3.6 million.

In 2009, he gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph on the decision to buy a house. “It came at the perfect moment. The island provides me with somewhere I can go where no one is looking at me or pointing a camera or a finger at me. When we’re there we do absolutely nothing. My kiddies don’t have any toys there and they build little houses out of shells.”

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Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp

2007

Lily-Rose, the 7-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, spent nine days in the hospital due to kidney failure caused by an E. coli infection.

As a result of his efforts on behalf of cancer sufferers, Depp will receive Rhonda’s Kiss Healing and Hope Award later this year. As he accepted the Nobel Prize, he spoke to parents whose children are sick and shared his own story about Lily-Rose.

“I lived in the hospital for three weeks with my girl [Paradis] and my kid, not knowing if she was going to make it or not. Parents, please note that you have my utter respect. Please note that you have all my respect, and you have my promise to continue to fight, this noble fight right alongside you at any time,” he said.

2010

The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas star opened up about his relationship with Girl on the Bridge actress Jennifer Garner and why they didn’t marry. “I never found myself requiring that piece of paper. Marriage is genuinely from soul to soul, heart to heart,” he told Extra in December 2010.

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Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp

2012

“Amicably separated” and, “asked privacy” for the couple and their children, a Depp spokesman told Us. A few years before Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp revealed their breakup in 2012, the Sweeney Todd star first ran across Heard on the set of The Rum Diary in 2009.

2013

One year later, Depp hinted at the cause for the separation in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“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. It wasn’t easy on her. It wasn’t easy on me. It wasn’t easy on the kids,” he stated. “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.”

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Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp

2020

Heard had accused Johnny Depp of physically abusing her, so Vanessa Paradis penned a statement for the actor’s 2020 lawsuit against The Sun.

“Through all these years I’ve known Johnny to be a kind, attentive, generous, and non-violent person and father. On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crews adore him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we’ve seen,” the statement read.

2022

When it was revealed that Depp had sent an email to Elton John in 2013 calling his children’s mother a “French extortionist c—t,” the trial for defamation against Heard continued.

Although he accused Paradis of “attempts to brainwash them against her,” he stated in an email that his “kids have fallen head over heels in deep love with Amber (my girl).”

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