When Johnny Depp showed up to the Golden Globes on Sunday but skipped the red carpet, he appeared to cement rumors that he and longtime girlfriend, actress-singer Vanessa Paradis, had split. In fact, the couple of 14 years haven't made a public appearance together for more than a year -- and with good reason. People reports that Depp, 48, and Paradis, 39, have called it quits, having led "separate lives" for some time now. The couple has long maintained separate homes, in West Hollywood and Paradis' native France.
"They bet that they could move to California and be on long stays on films for his career. They bet that things could continue there as they had in the south of France … They lost that bet. Vanessa went seven years between albums and several years between film projects while he became Jack Sparrow," a source told the publication.
On January 6th, a tired-looking Paradis was spotted shopping with daughter Lily-Rose Melody, 12, at Los Angeles The Grove, adding to speculation that trouble roamed in, well, Paradis. The couple also has a nine-year-old son, John Christopher III.
Meanwhile, Hollywood Life provides a handy summary of the couple's recent trajectory -- without each other, that is. Among the most conspicuous? Depp rolled up to Cannes last year to promote the latest "Pirates of the Carribean" flick without Paradis, while reports of Depp's flirtations with girls in Hawaii and in Puerto Rico paint a portrait of man who is very much single.
In December 2010, Depp gave an interview to Extra about why he and Paradis had no plans for marriage.
"I never found myself needing that piece of paper. Marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don't need somebody to say, okay you're married... If Vanessa wanted to get hitched, why not... But the thing is, I'd be so scared of ruining her last name. She's got such a good last name," he said.