Johnny Depp is having a “mini midlife crisis” and Vanessa Paradis is tired of it

When Johnny Depp appeared on Vanity Fair a few months ago, his unfortunate “rape” comments made all of the headlines – he compared photo shoots to “being raped somehow,” and that issue eclipsed the other parts of the interview. Once I got the chance to read the whole thing, it struck me that Depp isn’t the mysterious poet/beatnik that he once was (or that we thought he once was). Nowadays, he’s usually wasted. Nowadays, he’s kind of full of himself. Nowadays, he doesn’t seem to be so obsessed with his girlfriend of 13 years, Vanessa Paradis. Star Magazine has an oddly on-target story about the “rough patch” that Johnny’s been in for a while, and how friends are referring to it as his “mini midlife crisis.” In turn, sources claim that Vanessa was having none of it, and she told Johnny to only come home after he sorted himself out.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Johnny Depp once said when asked why he never married his girlfriend of 13 years, Vanessa Paradis. But multiple sources tell Star the couple recently was mired in a relationship crisis so severe, it threatened to tear them apart for good.

Johnny and Vanessa have been living separate lives for months, as she remained at their home in the South of France and he hit the road to promote his film The Rum Diary. But Johnny wasn’t spending his nights alone. On Nov. 20, Depp showed up at hot NYC lounge Kenmare with seven women in two. In addition to ordering bottle service for his bevy of beauties, “He flirted with more than one model type and danced with several girls,” an insider tells Star. “People were wondering if he was single again, because it definitely looked like it.”

Indeed, sources reveal that Johnny and Vanessa were going through a rough patch as the 48-year-old experienced what his friends believed was a “mini-midlife crisis.”

“Johnny was on a bit of a downward spiral for the past year or so,” a friend admits. “He was drinking and partying more than he probably should.”

Vanessa initially pushed her partner away as his behavior grew more erratic, says the source.

“She told Johnny to come back when he got it out of his system.” But she would never willingly let him go forever, the pal says. “Vanessa has built her life around Johnny and would be destroyed if he left her,” explains the friend, adding that the gorgeous duo have reconciled for now and are back on track. “It’s a strange relationship. Johnny and Vanessa are either madly in love or at each other’s throats. But it works for them.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

That’s what I always hear about Johnny and Vanessa – that they’re very passionate and volatile, that they’re two eccentric personalities, and that they spend a lot of time apart. If you go back and read Johnny’s past VF interviews, you start to get an idea of just how much time they spend apart – weeks, even months at a time, and in Vanessa’s absence, Johnny seems to spend his free time partying and drinking (and working, sure). So is there trouble in Paradis-paradise? Maybe. Or maybe they just have an unconventional relationship that works for them?

Photos courtesy of Fame & WENN.

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  1. Talie says:

    He’s been volatile with every public relationship he’s been in–Winona, Kate and now Vanessa. Something isn’t right with this guy…

    • Seal Team 6 says:

      Don’t forget Sherilyn Fenn. Same thing with her.

      • Celestine says:

        Johnny found out Sherilyn was cheating on him and broke up with her according to an article that quoted him as saying, “She was a stripper. I should have known.”

    • autumndaze says:

      He was never the beatnik that he seemed to be.
      The guy is, and has been, pretty messed up…

  2. carrie says:

    i saw some pics with them and their son together 2/3 weeks ago

    • i love johnny says:

      I agreed with you that this gossip is so fake!
      Johnny and Van just took their son , Jack to school in 2 weeks ago . Vanessa isn’t living in France . she was shopping in LA on November 29 and shopping with Lily-Rose in LA on December 13
      they’re still love each other and always will!

  3. Bite me says:

    Wonder how much child support he would have to pay once they break up

    • JJ says:

      HE already paid her over 150 million ! And btw the story was right, as they officially split on JUne 19th!

  4. Laura says:

    I’d push him away too with the outfits he’s been wearing lately…

  5. Emma says:

    I in no way want to start any rumours, but when I met him he was with a group and there was another girl sitting by him at the table. But she was probably his assistant and like I said, it was a group. I’m sure everything is fine. This is Star magazine we are talking about here.

  6. Cathy says:

    It looks like she has a gap between her two front teeth in that top picture.

    • alice / jane says:

      Infact she has one. Always had.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

      Her teeth though with a gap look nicer than Demi moore’s denture like chompers.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        True. I can’t get on board with the overly-white and veneered ‘teef’. Do celebrities burn through their noses doing cocaine faster than they burn off the enamel on their teeth to get their smiles ermine and eyeball white? Science wants to know.

  7. Aria says:

    Don’t buy this story. Sorry

  8. Kelly says:

    He’s become so… gross. Greasy, drunk, bloated and full of himself — definitely not sexy.

  9. charlotteanbella says:

    If true, I hope Johnny stops partying so much…and I hope he stops doing those horrible Pirate movies too. Ug, it really saddens me how much he’s sold out these past few years.

    • GoodCapon says:

      The first POTC movie wasn’t that horrible. The next films weren’t that good. But there are worse movies out there.

  10. Mara says:

    Just stupid gossip magazine they write many lies so people will buy it

  11. ruby says:

    When will he get rid of that awful goatee thing ? He’s better when he doesn’t have that ugly scraggly facial hair.

  12. GoodCapon says:

    Gap teeth looks good on some people. Miss Paradis is not one of these people.

  13. Jenn says:

    Don’t buy anything printed in Star, but Depp has been acting a bit more odd than usual in the past few months. His interviews have been creepy, the rape thing, the making movies for money thing (also talking about Americans not understanding his deep movies)and his hard partying ways.

    I never followed him before, so don’t know what his history is. Just seems kind of full of himself now.

  14. sundaygal says:

    Winona Forever

    • mln76 says:

      Yeah I know right? that would be the only way I’d be OK about the breakup because if those two got back together the 14 year old in me would just be sooo happy!!!

    • Kelly says:


    • Original Chloe says:


    • Shay Kay says:

      lol They were fun when they were together weren’t they?Or maybe we’re just remembering all the fun we had back when they were an item!Still the teenage girl in me always thinks of them as a “couple.”lol
      Don’t know his history with Vanessa really but I always read that she was the one that didn’t want to marry.True?

    • whatevs says:

      they were the most obnoxious kids back then. i vote no

      • Venice says:

        I vote no to WR/KM and JD back together..I was so tired of seeing him messed up everynight stumbling out of anywhere. Not to mention being arrested numerous times, handcuffed and put in the “cell transport car” and him acting the fool. Since he has been with Vanessa and had thier 2 kids he seemed like he grew up.
        Let’s just hope this past 4-5 months he got out of his system, and he goes back to being a loving partner and Dad to his family.

  15. HI GUYS!






    Leave Johnny and Vanessa alone please. You’re destroying their lives. I always had, and always will love Johnny Depp.

    • Kelly says:

      Uh.. so basically you’re saying this site shouldn’t exist, LOL?

      Also, generally all-caps is interpreted as SCREEEAMING! Most of us love Johnny, no need to yell.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      Wow. You’re on the wrong website, dear…

    • Sapphire says:

      Shhh. Screaming is rude. Look, this is a gossip site. This is what we do here….

    • Jrss says:

      UH< sorry to break it to you sweetie but the story was right as DEpp himself publically announced their split on June 19th. All of us in Hollywood(A SMALL TOWN) have known they were all over but the crying for a year, and now everyone knows. Sad but true

  16. WTF says:

    and queue people somehow blaming this on him being in the Tourist with angelina jolie….

  17. Avi says:

    I’m not buying this story!!…they were together with their son a couple of weeks ago, then the whole family were seen at Iggy Pop concert and two days ago Vanessa was out with Lily-Rose in LA

    Vanessa is not living in france!!

  18. lisa g says:

    he has always been a douche, but now he is letting it show more freely. He’s not that much different than madoona with all of his stupid accents and fake clothing

  19. JenJen says:

    I really, really wish he would stop wearing those round-lens glasses everywhere ALL the damn time. They’re ugly and make him look… weird… like some kind of loser creeper or something. Yuck.

  20. NM9005 says:

    Ah l’amour…

    Nope don’t buy it. In general they really still seem to adore each other tremendously. Add that to the fact that Paradis definitely changed him and quickly went on to make him the (by all accounts) doting father of her children in a time when he was a hot rebel manchild (Moss-Depp hookup was massive) and now all of a sudden she can’t cope with it? Paradis, who notoriously dumped her men to never contact them again can’t deal with her partner of 13 years who she “build her life around”? Riiiight. As if someone can tame HER French temper.

    They also recorded “Ballade de Melody Nelson” in honour of Gainsbourg S. together so if she’s sick of him why would she work with him on such an intimate public project?

    Oh and I saw that “drunk” video of him, someone pushed him!

    I think Paradis is way too headstrong and independent to not dump his ass if he acts a fool again. Paradis >>> Depp. Toujours!

  21. mary simon says:

    I just saw The Tourist this week – kind of a dumb movie, but Venice and Angelina were lovely to watch. Unfortunately, Johnny looked like shit. His face was all puffy and bloated, and his eyes all but disappeared into his doughy face. He should have had enough pride and professionalism to take off some weight for that movie – especially playing opposite Angelina – he was not the handsome and romantic leading man that he could have been.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      He gained weight specifically for that role, he was supposed to look like a schlub. I think that dynamic was carried over from the original film. Lord knows the pounds would have served Angelina better. Perhaps if she were starring in an adaptation of ‘The Hunger Artist’–I don’t know. Is she a Kafka fan?

      • rainstarr says:

        Whatever her weight, Angelina was absolutely stunning in The Tourist. My husband and I felt we were watching a true ‘movie star’ in the older sense of the word (ie Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren).

      • Lucy says:

        Yes, Angelina is thin, but she is no thinner than most hollywood actresses…and johnny did look terrible in that movie…it didn’t look like he gianed weight, he looked bloated and unhealthy…

  22. Cerulean says:

    Johnny used to be lovely. But now he’s a big bloated self satisfied mess. He always struck me as a bit try too hard. Then he seemed to get it together and was attractive again. Only to become insufferable again.

  23. JaneWonderfalls says:

    Not really impressed with Johnny or his mid-life crisis, since he has been in France he is becoming so arrogant and obnoxious I don’t really care about any of his movies or interviews. No offence to the French but you know how you guys can be, at least some of you.

  24. blasted1 says:

    Well, I’ve been hearing rumors for over a year now and it’s been consistent…you know, where there’s smoke and all that. Maybe it’s not a mid-life anything…they’re just not together anymore, people change and they stay civilized and connected for and by their children. It happens all the time, in and out of Hollywood. People have to get out of that fairy-tale forever and ever frame of mind. I think they’ll always remain more or less connected because of their kids. If they haven’t ended their love affair yet, odds are they eventually will. So what?

  25. mainstream says:

    Johnny’s mini-midlife crisis

    Johnny: Oh what have I done with my life…..Oh yeah that’s right.

    Crisis ends.

  26. Riley says:

    The funniest part of this made up story was Johnny “dancing” with a girl. Johnny does not dance! He would be mortified.

  27. Meanchick says:

    I’m tired of his clothing choices. He’s trying too hard to look young and hip. Is he trying to be Keith Richards or something?

  28. serena says:

    I don’t know, I believe he’s having a midlife crisis, but ..partying and picking up girls? That’s pathetic and I hope Johnny’s not into it.

    (Didn’t he like to stay at home? I can’t really picture him dancing!lol)

  29. Celestine says:

    The VF piece wasn’t flattering (except for the gorgeous pictures), but at the end you find out he was wasted to the point of passing out, so I don’t think it’s fair to judge him by those comments.

    Vanessa’s been lucky to have been with him, whose talent and looks far eclipse hers. He seems stuck between wanting to move on and staying out of guilt over breaking up the family. They both love their kids more than life itself. Rumors are this is why he didn’t leave Van for Cotillard. I’m curious about Johnny & Eva Green – even she says they have a lot in common.

  30. Bubulle says:

    I believe it, he looks pretty bloated this days plus he has been filmed looking visibly drunk exiting a restaurant a couple of month ago. Also anyone remembered that young girl who claimed last year JD hit on her. I definitely think there is something off with him this days.

  31. Lia says:

    Absolutely LOVE that black dress she’s wearing in the bottom pic. Probably the best she’s ever looked. Some of the stuff she chooses to wear is a bit clownish.

  32. Newtsgal says:

    If it’s true and he is have a mimi midlife crisis…..then by all means johnny, please feel free to have that mini midlife crisis all over me.

  33. charlotte says:

    Vanessa Paradis is a very talented woman. She has won equivalent to Oscar and Grammy in France. She’s had a successful career since she was 14 years old!

    Anyway, it’s very difficult to maintain a long term relationship. I hope their relationship doesn’t fall apart. Johnny Depp seemed to pull himself together for some time. I hope he can work out his issues without breaking up his family. They looked happy together…,0,3

  34. Kaeleigh says:

    When your in a relationship and it’s true love, your partner is the only person who can make you feel so miserably deep in love, so high nothing can touch you. But they are also the only people that can make you feel the exact opposite, hate, misery, all that other prolific book cliché type crap. No one can understand it unless it happens to them.

    In other words, love is like anal sex, it hurts like hell but its addictive and nothing can make you feel the same way.

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