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Depp and Paradis split

One of Hollywood’s more enduring relationships appears to have come to an end, with the news that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have split. Last month Depp had denied that the relationship was failing, but the news was not a great surprise.

Depp’s publicist confirmed the rumours in a simple statement: "Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children."

The Europhile actor who has gradually been turning into Keith Richards and the breathy French singer/actress seemed an odd pairing back in 1998 when they first got together, but the relationship flourished. They appeared together in Roman Polanski's film The Ninth Gate, and their romance blossomed. The couple flitted between homes in Los Angeles, France and their own private island in the Caribbean (presumably pirate-free). They have two children, Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, 9.

Depp, 49, appeared to have settled down with Paradis after volatile and high-profile relationships. He had briefly been married in the mid-80s, then had a headline-hogging liaison with Winona Ryder in the early 90s, commemorated in his tattoo reading "Winona Forever". When that relationship ended, Depp had the tattoo modified to read "Wino Forever".

Kate Moss succeeded Ryder as Depp’s famous girlfriend. In the mid 90s the couple were regularly seen on the Britpop gig scene or hanging around with Pogues singer Shane MacGowan, as Depp developed a fondness for the UK music scene. Meeting Paradis seemed to calm Depp down, and he found domestic tranquillity.

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