Vanessa Paradis on Johnny Depp: “The mutual taming of two kindred rebel spirits”


Vanessa Paradis got the cover of the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, as well as a joint cover of the magazine Madame Figaro, with Karl Lagerfeld. The Fashion Spot commenters were expressing surprise that Paradis would get the cover of a big British magazine, but surely Paradis is a big enough name, right? She’s been with Johnny Depp forever, they have two kids, and plus, Paradis is an established model/singer/actress/muse. Paradis also took over Lily Allen’s modeling duties for Chanel handbags. Anyway, I found some excerpts from the Bazaar interview:

Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp are one of the most private couples in showbiz. So much so that it’s rare to spot them out in public together, never mind on the red carpet.

But in an exclusive interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Vanessa unveils some intimate details of their life together. The actress, singer and Chanel model describes her relationship with the 47-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean actor as the “mutual taming of two kindred rebel spirits. We tamed each other”.

She goes on: “Johnny is a very special guy, he has so many talents. He is a wonderful father and does so many different things so well.”

Unlike Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who are hounded by the paparazzi and extremely high profile, Vanessa and Johnny keep themselves to themselves, shunning the Hollywood limelight for a quieter, more normal life in France.

Vanessa explains their reasoning behind this decision: “Our jobs make us do extraordinary things, and we travel and see lots, but the rest of the time we’re quite quiet. We are apart a lot, but talk every day. We don’t go to many parties or do a lot of red carpet. I prefer to be at home or working, and we can work anywhere. Nowadays with technology, you can record pretty much any place.”

The couple have two children together – Lily-Rose,11, and Jack, 8, not to mention four homes, a Caribbean island, and a yacht. There have been incessant rumours in the press that the pair are planning on buying a property in the UK but Vanessa says otherwise: “Apparently, we are buying a house every year… I surely dream of a house in England, but it has not happened yet.”

She also said: “I don’t think French women have more style. Maybe it’s because Paris is a city where you walk in. In America, everyone drives, and you cannot see what anyone is wearing when they are locked in a car. Here, everyone checks out each other. We communicate with clothes here more and, as a result, inspire one another.”

The 37-year-old beauty – who is one of the faces of French fashion house Chanel – also revealed how she has given up smoking to help stop the ageing process.

She told Britain’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine: “I quit smoking roll-ups, which helps enormously; that’s it. I do drink lots of water, though I like wine – Bordeaux.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar UK, via Contact Music & Sky Showbiz]

I’m glad she stopped smoking. And the wine is probably good for her. As far as what she said about Johnny… did anyone else swoon a little when they read, “mutual taming of two kindred rebel spirits. We tamed each other“? I mean, come on. Is it really that awesome to be Johnny Depp’s baby-mama? Probably. Sigh… lucky bitch.

Oh, and prepare yourself – Paradis as Bardot with Karl Lagerfeld, as The Anger-Bear. YIKES.


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Madame Figaro cover courtesy of CoverAwards. Harper’s Bazaar UK cover courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. Bite me says:

    They are not married

  2. lucy2 says:

    They seem happy and well suited for each other, and I like how they stay pretty low key most of the time.
    Glad she stopped smoking.

  3. Sarah says:

    Bite Me- where’d it say that they were?

  4. Alex says:

    She is one amazing looking, sexy woman!

  5. Lilias says:

    I have to admit I rolled my eyes when I heard that little gem about taming each other.

    I can’t stand people who think they are “rebels”. “Rebel” is just another word for douche who goes about being irresponsible and stupid and doing really awful things to themselves and other people.

    It isn’t cute or glamorous, in my opinion, to use drugs or act like a child who doesn’t know better. So when someone says we’re like two rebels who tamed each other I just roll my eyes and think, yea, you are two morons who manage to keep each other’s moronic ways in check as opposed to destroying each other like so many other idiot “rebel” couples do.

  6. snowball says:

    Now I wonder how much time they do spend apart. I know Johnny’s done a lot of Tim Burton stuff lately, but I didn’t think they were apart that much, at least not as much as she makes it sound. Yes, I did the swoon at the “two kindred..” thing too.

    Ugh, Lagerfeld. I just don’t get your love for him, Kaiser, lol.

  7. jessica says:

    She looks very, agh, who is the girl from Pirates of the Caribean… in that header pic!!

  8. rraven says:

    I remember a quote I read somewhere ages ago about Johnny saying he fell in love with Vanessa from behind because she had a gorgeous back, like an architecturally well designed back and if you have seen “girl on a bridge” she really does have the nicest back, their life is probably filled with love art and opium vapours and poetry and that makes me quiver with not really but i want a man to fall in love with my back too, regardless of the love handles and such distractions.

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    yup, I swooned.

  10. Jeri says:

    These two do it right! Love them.

  11. Britwit says:

    I wish she’d fix her teeth, she doesn’t have to go for blinding white choppers but those teeth are just nasty – nicotine stained and fangy…

  12. skibunny says:

    I think she’s beautiful and I actually like that her teeth arent perfect. Gives her character unlike the “plastics” we see in Hollywood. I saw Courtenay Cox in an interview the other night and her face doesnt move at all. It looked so uncomfortable and she’s a pretty woman. Why make your face look like a friggin mask? It’s so unattractive.

  13. MMF says:

    A little Crest 3-D would do her good.

  14. snowball says:

    @jessica – Kiera Knightly?

  15. simplicity says:

    I’m in for the swoon, and I’m also in for rebel spirits. In my family it’s created action generationally for civil right’s, women’s right’s and gay right’s.

    Kudo’s for maintaining a more private lifestyle.

  16. Lisa says:

    With all that money, couldn’t she splurge on a dentist, she has troll teeth.

    And she should know that Johnny Depp cannot be tamed, otherwise, they’d be married already.

  17. gg says:

    Nothing really removes those black cigarette stains. I have a few heavy smoker friends who didn’t go to the dentist very often and now, the dentist can’t even get the stains out.

    Re her back — just see who else he’s dated. He only liked her back because she is skin and bones. The back and chest are the most noticeable scrawniest parts of a scrawny person.

  18. mary jane says:

    @raven… nice post lol

  19. Melanie says:

    He said he fell in love with Kate Moss for her “highwater booty”. He is an assman for sure.
    I agree with everyone though, it is easy to be a rebel when you own a private island. Island rules and all, meaning no law at all.

  20. cake says:

    Don’t know why people and media think that Brad and Angelina hog the limelight. When they are not working or doing humanitarian projects, you hardly see them. It’s the media who keep talking about them even when they don’t see them. They hardly go out to parties, they only do their movies red carpets. After filming, boom they are gone, they are actually very quiet and only do interviews when they have movies to promote.

  21. Liana says:

    “mutual taming of two kindred rebel spirits. We tamed each other”

    Somebody’s been reading “The Little Prince.” My wedding band is inscribed: “If you tame me, then we shall need easch other” from “The Little Prince.”

  22. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “And she should know that Johnny Depp cannot be tamed, otherwise, they’d be married already.”


    a piece of paper doesn’t tame someone. shall we count all of the marriages in which a partner has NOT been “tamed”?

    a lifetime commitment to a partner is not determined by a piece of paper or a judge’s or holy man’s proclamation.

  23. I should be working says:

    Beauty? Really? Oh.

  24. suz says:

    I like her messed up teeth. It’s very French to have an “imperfect” sort of beauty, and she’s a good example of that.

    That said, in the Madame Figaro cover it looks like she’s channeling Patsy Stone more than Bardot. Which, IMO, is awesome.

  25. Gwen says:

    Lisa, please go back to 1950 where you belong. Not every woman on this planet is desperate to be married! Did it ever occur to you that it was HER choice?

  26. jane16 says:

    She looks really pretty on the Bazaar cover. They’re a very likeable couple, I think her teeth are cute & suit her look.

  27. Macheath says:

    What exactly did she rebel against? Toothpaste?

  28. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Sigh. My teenage(into adult) crush on Mr.Depp used to make me loathe whoever he was with a little, even Wino who was my girlcrush in Heathers. Maybe it’s age but I cannot help but find them adorable together. I guess he needs a French woman to tame what other nationalities could not, and so he can speak French and be officially the hottest man ever to grace the earth. She is fairly well known in Britain from being a pop star in her teens, not unheard of at all with that and her fashion connections for her to get a magazine cover. I think she looks lovely in the pics, agree she is a super waif though.

  29. bella says:

    I’ve heard that they actually live in Los Angeles, and lie to the press about living in France. Anyway, love them. One of my favorite couples.

  30. GrnMtGirl says:

    God…He is so sexy! The only reason he is with Vanessa is because I’m still with my Husband.

  31. Bodhi says:

    Surely she won’t mind if I, ahem, borrow Johnny for a night? Right? 😉

    I LOVE them & their little famliy unit. You can just tell they are so in love.

    Edit: Ditto everything Mrs. Darcy wrote!

  32. Lisa says:

    I think they are adorable! Swoon!!

  33. Strawberry says:

    She’s French. A lot of them have bad teeth from nicotine and just not caring. I think — like Eva Green — she is one of the sexiest Frenchwomen around. That Depp’s a lucky guy!!

  34. Lisa says:

    I have to add: Lilias: You sound like a really fun person…. 😀

  35. original kate says:

    they both have odd little teeth – i like them together.

  36. Shay says:

    I can’t handle her teeth. Every time I see her smile, I think, “for God’s sake use your money and fix your teeth!”.As people age, their gums shrink and any dental issues, like gaps, become more prominent.
    For crissakes, she looks like a scarecrow.

  37. Liana says:

    It’s nice to see a couple like them. I hope they have a long and happy life together.

  38. A.K.A says:

    The more I look at him, the more I just want to riiiiiiiiiiiiip his clothes off !!!

  39. émerveillement says:

    Strawberry, what a stupid statement ! Stereotyping much !?

  40. RHONYC says:

    why is she not hip to that fact that she’s the poor-man’s kate moss to him.


    she looks like kate moss’ methed-out sister.

  41. TeeTee says:

    not to be mean but she looks mangy and her teeth, are horrible..she looks like a old lil woman, wow.

    she really reminds me of a drug addict, they have to get high together, the reason for the “low key” lifestyle.

    she looks like she uses meth, kind of a thin Fergie before she got off of meth.

    to each his own, wowww!

  42. mw says:

    Poor man’s Kate Moss? I’m sure that’s the last thing JD thinks of her. She is extremely popular and well-known in France as a singer, model, actress, and was, way before she met Johnny Depp.

  43. lrmsd says:

    okay, this is weird-here i was thinking she looked good in these pics-sexy french thing going on…
    then i read the comments, and thought ‘wow, i can totally see: scarecrow, mangy and methed out sister of kate moss.

    how weird that i could find her hot and totally a mess, in the same turn? i can def. see both sides here.

    i too have heard they pay off the press to live in LA unbothered. They lived in france years ago for awhile…now, it’s PR-he tells people whenever he can that he lives in france,buying a house int he UK, etc. but they are based in LA.

  44. K McFarlane says:

    Many of you have probably seen this:

    She’s far more attractive when she moves and talks.

    It’s very French to accept and even flaunt your physical imperfections – the “jolie laide” concept.

  45. fizXgirl314 says:

    what’s a roll up?

  46. Maritza says:

    She looks really good in the cover magazines but not to good with Johnny. You can tell she adores him.

  47. DD says:

    lol @GrnMtGirl, I totally buy it 😉
    I think she is very pretty. She’s just one of those girls that only stands out when she’s all made up. And her toothy gap makes her unique and shows you how confident she is that with all her money, she doesn’t feel she is flawed since she could easily get it fixed but chooses not to.

  48. Jake says:

    Oh my, what is going on with her teeth,
    they are so yellow and spaced out, like that monster Zuni doll in the Karen Black movie “Living Doll Trilogy of Terror”.

  49. Me says:

    I LOVE her teeth, I think she’s so beautiful.

  50. Claire78 says:

    I love both of them. She has always had something about her – she was so gorgeous when she was younger and still is. A refreshing change from the boring Miranda Kerr’s and Gisele type beauty we are bombarded with. I hope they are really happy!

  51. gg says:

    Her teeth don’t look bad in that video link above – I only see the gap, which is not bad, and I’m not sure she eats. Otherwise she is very beautiful and sylph-like.

  52. Lita says:

    @Bodhi – err, you are totally cool with tag teaming, right? ‘Cause me = onboard!

    With the teefs thing – without wanting it to be a ‘thing’ really the perfect-or-bust teeth is a ‘Merican thing. People care about it more or less, in my experience, but Americans have a whole massive jones about it (okay, some, err many, err okay this is a stereotype BUT a valid one!).

  53. cobbler says:

    She’s all right to look at I guess, not my cup of tea.

    But I have to add – my boyfriend (who’s French) says that in general, the French can’t figure out why people find Vanessa Paradis so attractive – apparently they like to say: “Only an American would f**k her”. Yikes! Pretty funny though 🙂

  54. Sara says:

    She can look pretty in photos with the right lighting but I don’t think she’s pretty in real life. She reminds me of a snaggletoothed skeleton.

  55. Windy C. says:

    Anyone of these ladies who sang with Gainsbourg became an instant sex icon in France. She was an sex symbol for generation X and Y BEFORE she hooked up with Depp and she actually had her own success before Johnny. And yes, teeth aren’t a big issue here since being comfortable with yourself is more promoted than being comfortable posing for a camera.

  56. carrie says:

    i saw her in real:she’s a pitiful lean stuff but she’s very sweet

  57. Caan says:

    Really? Hilarious!

  58. Caan says:

    @ celebitchy

  59. Crash2GO2 says:

    I thought she looked heavy-ish in those photos of her with the kids and Disneyland.

    She’s always goggling @ him and he just looks away. Weird.

  60. notnaive1 says:

    I try to be realistic, so don’t hate me for asking if you’ll boycott Johnny’s films when the two of them “grow apart?”

  61. Slymm27 says:

    I want Johnny Depp! Just for a night. God damn! Thats one hot, sexy man!

  62. ChinaCat says:


    Lighten up hon! Us rebels tend to look and act younger than you… smile!

    And to JD and VP… good going!

  63. angela says:

    Re: Melanie
    He said Kate had a ‘high water booty’ in a Vanity Fair interview, but he didn’t say that was the reason why he fell in love with her lol.

  64. joe says:

    very very bad teeth .fix them

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