Johnny Depp is back on the market. After a relationship that spanned 14 years, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has officially called it quits with his longtime girlfriend, French actress Vanessa Paradis.
In a statement to ABC News, Depp’s publicist stated that the couple had “amicably separated.” The statement asks that people “respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children.”
Depp, 48, and Paradis, 39, have two children together but were never married. The two met in 1998 and moved in together shortly after that. They made their home in Plan-de-la-Tour in the south of France, where they stayed for several years. When asked about marriage, Paradis told Elle magazine, “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.”
Many sources have reported that the relationship has been rocky for some time now. Hints that the relationship was deteriorating began to surface after they returned to L.A. from France. Depp and Paradis haven’t appeared on a red carpet as a couple in longer than a year.
In 2010, Paradis hinted to Marie Claire magazine that the two were growing apart: “I could make an endless list of all the things I admire about him,” she said. “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 was last seen at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month, where he received the Generation Award and jammed with the Black Keys . He is currently looking forward to his next blockbuster project, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” which is slated to hit theatres in 2013.