Vanessa Paradis came out in support of Johnny Depp, her longtime partner for 14 years. The two are parents of two children, but never married. Depp is in the middle of a divorce from Amber Heard, who accused Depp of domestic violence.
Paradis is a French singer and actress who has been in the public eye since the late 1980s. Here’s what you need to know about Paradis and her relationship with Depp.
1. Shared ’14 Wonderful Years’ With Depp
Paradis and Depp began dating in 1998 and broke up in 2012. They had two children together, Lily Rose, 17, and Jack, 14. While Paradis has not done an interview since news of Heard and Depp’s divorce broke, TMZ obtained a letter she wrote, defending Depp.
The letter reads:
Johnny Depp is the father of my children, he is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I beleive with all my heart, that these recent allegations are outrageous. In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.
Lily Rose also defended her father on Instagram, writing, “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.”
2. Paradis & Depp Met While Depp was Dating Kate Moss
Depp and Paradis, already famous for her work with Chanel, met in 1994 at a friend’s house. As Hello! notes, Depp was dating model Kate Moss at the time. However, the two didn’t meet again until 1998, while Depp was in Paris and making The Ninth Gate.
When Depp received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, Paradis was with him. A year after they began dating, Lily-Rose was born. In an interview with The Telegraph, Paradis said that Lily-Rose and Jack don’t have American accents, even though they are both going to school in the U.S.
Paradis is now dating Benjamin Biolay, who she was seen with in 2015, reports The Daily Mail.
3. Depp & Paradis Co-star in Kevin Smith’s New Movie
Paradis is not only a singer and model, but an actress. However, she never made a movie with Depp until last year, when writer/director Kevin Smith gave them both a role in Yoga Hosers. The oddball horror film stars Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn and Lily-Rose as teens who work with a man-hunter to stop their party plans from being ruined.
Paradis began appearing in films almost as soon as she became famous, making her first appearance in a French film in 1989. In 2013, she worked with Woody Allen in John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo and she was in a segment of Rio, I Love You in 2014.
4. Paradis Has Recorded Six Albums
During her career, Paradis has recorded six albums, including her latest, 2013’s Love Songs. This was a massive release, with 22 songs, and was her first in six years. In the interview with the Telegraph, she said she didn’t ask writers specifically to write love songs for her, but they just turned out that way.
It’s not a theme, but once I got all the songs, they were all love songs. So the title of the album wasn’t so difficult.
Paradis, 43, was a teen when she scored her first hit single. “Joe le Taxi” was a huge hit in France and even charted in the U.K.
5. Depp Avoided Drinking After the Breakup
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Depp said the breakup was difficult, especially since there were two children involved. He also said it wasn’t easy for Paradis.
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. So, yeah. 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.
Elsewhere in the same interview, Depp said that he made a point to not drink after the breakup. However, according to Variety, Heard accuses Depp of substance abuse and suggests that Depp has a dangerous temper.