Johnny Depp's ex-girlfriend says when it comes to relationships, "you have to want to be there" (2 Photos)
Vanessa Paradis would prefer not to discuss her breakup with longtime partner Johnny Depp. Even so, she managed to say a few words about their surprising split in a recent interview with French Elle.
"I don't want to talk about him. Who said that artists should sell their soul, expose everything about themselves?" the singer-actress said at first. "It's my duty to promote this movie [French film Cornouaille], and my albums, but can you imagine what it feels like to see people making a business out of your pain. What's happened to us is our concern."
After her initial outburst, Paradis, 39, came around to the topic of relationships, and hinted at the problems between herself and Depp.
"I don't have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire. It's not feeling obliged or forced or repeating yourself," said Paradis. "I hate, for example, whenever you hear someone say: 'You have to work at being a couple.' No, you have to want to be there."
"And for me, I want to be right where I am right now," she added.
In another recently published interview, conducted two days before the couple confirmed their separation, Paradis said that love was "the strongest and most fragile thing we have in life."
"Nothing is ever for sure, but when something in love doesn't work from the beginning, it's never going to work. Don't push it," she told Harper's Bazaar.
Though never married, Depp and Paradis had been together for 14 years when they formally split up in June. Their family -- including children Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 10 -- split their time between France and the U.S., which Paradis says they will continue to do. (The children go to school in Los Angeles.)
"My children are grown now, they are more independent. My daughter loves singing above all else. Jack, he's a guitarist," Paradis boasted to French Elle. "I can tell you that if they decide to launch themselves into this kind of career, it will be a good thing for music."
Depp, who was denying the breakup with Paradis as late as May, is reportedly dating actress Amber Heard.