Johnny Depp and his partner of 14 years, Vanessa Paradis, have split up, a spokesman for the couple has confirmed.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp and French singer Paradis have been plagued by stories that all has not been well in their relationship for several months now, with rumours circulating that the couple were living largely separate lives.
Last month reports even emerged that the showbiz couple had broken up – something which Depp strongly denied, telling The Sun: ''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 now being over.”
But just one month later the couple has confirmed via Depp’s spokesman that their relationship has ended.
A statement read: "Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and the privacy of their children.”
Johnny and Vanessa started dating in 1998, and have two children together, Lily-Rose 13, and Jack, 10.
The couple got together following Depp’s romance with British supermodel Kate Moss, after sparks flew during a meeting at the Costes Hotel in Paris.
They soon set up home in Vanessa’s native France, But as Depp became more and more in demand in Hollywood, the couple were forced to spend more time in the US – something which some feel may have caused the break-down in their relationship.
A source told the paper: “They gambled that they could move to California and things would continue as they had in France. They lost that bet. Vanessa went seven years between albums and several years between film projects, while he became Captain Jack Sparrow.”
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