Did Vanessa Paradis walk away with a chunk of Johnny Depp’s $300 million fortune?

These are some photos of Vanessa Paradis in Cabourg, France over the weekend. Obviously, she was flying solo at the Romantic Film Festival, but she did look happy and… free? A source told People Magazine that everything about her separation “was all decided before she got on that plane.” Which brings me to the questions I have, and I think a lot of people have: just when did everything go to hell between Vanessa and Johnny Depp? There have been rumors about them for a year, and those rumors really heated up in the past six months, with allegations of affairs (mostly on Johnny’s part) and financial dealings (did Vanessa already get a settlement?) and a constant back-and-forth in the media. I really don’t know WHEN they split, but I suspect that it’s not the version we’re getting right now.

People Magazine has a quote from a source close to the couple claiming that Johnny and Vanessa have been trying to work things out for months – “They’ve tried for months to save the relationship… but have known for weeks that it couldn’t be saved.” For weeks? My guess is still “months”. Anyway, The Mail has an exhaustive piece about the split, and since there’s some new information in there, let’s just go ahead and go through it:

They were said to have been living separate lives from months before it was finally confirmed that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis had split. And while the break up was only confirmed yesterday it seems that the French singer was preparing to move on and move out weeks ago.

Vanessa, 39, was seen house hunting at a number of plush properties in Beverly Hills at the end of May. The Café de Flore star visited a number of properties with price tags of between $7million and $11million. Vanessa appeared glum as she looked around the properties on May 23 and there was no mistaking the strain of the relationship breakdown has taken its toll. The French star was seen looking at a number of properties in Malibu and Beverly Hills including a seven bedroom home which is listed at $7,995,000.

As late as last month Johnny Depp had denied there was any rift between himself and Vanessa, despite reports stating that they were living separate lives dating back to January.

A source told The Sun last night: ‘It’s so sad. Johnny and Vanessa gambled that they could move to California and be on long stays on film locations for his career. They bet that things would continue there as they had in the south of France. They lost that bet. She went seven years between albums and films, while he became Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates films.’

Reasons for the split have ranged from career obligations pulling them apart to claims Depp had a fling with his Rum Diaries co-star Amber Heard. The blonde bombshell, who came out as bi-sexual in 2010, was seen boarding Johnny’s private jet to Las Vegas in April, fuelling rumours of a relationship between the co-stars.

Yesterday Depp’s publicist confirmed the split in a statement that read: ‘Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children.’

Depp is worth an estimated $300million and the family have divided their time between their homes in Meudon, in the suburbs of Paris, two in Los Angeles, an island he bought in The Bahamas and their villa in Le Plan-de-la-Tour, a small town 20 km from Saint-Tropez, in the south of France.

[From The Mail]

The real estate stuff is so interesting because, for the past year, Johnny Depp has reportedly been buying up properties in England and Los Angeles like they were candy. I guess part of the settlement with Vanessa is that she’ll have her own place in Los Angeles, where she and the kids can stay when they’re visiting Johnny at work? I wonder how the custodial issues are going to work out in the end – especially because Lily-Rose is already a teenager. Oh, and I suspect Johnny is worth more than $300 million. Which was probably a factor in the settlement?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I f*cking hope so!

  2. heidi says:

    Vanessa’s face gives me the chills like seing something that comes out of a haunted house; and it worsens as she ages. Johnny made the right move.

  3. Lipsy says:

    I’ll never appreciate her gap teeth but she looks really pretty there.

    • Ramona Q. says:

      The little gum nubbin between her front teeth is gross. And she needs 10 pounds. But that’s all the hate I have for her.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I also do not consider the gap between the teeth to be quirky. The woman should get her teeth fixed. But the French don’t strike me as being into “good” dental care or orthodontists. Its too American for them.

      • Julie says:

        seriously elizabeth? do you think certain ethnicities steal? its no different from your stereotypes about people based on their nationality.

        since when is good dental care american? maybe that you need to spend a fortune on it and poor people cant afford it because basic health care is considered communist in the usa?

        i have been to france couple of times and the women there are not hairy monsters with bad theeth. oh and the french take showers and the germans dont scream all the time and the russians dont sleep in bath tubs full of vodka and there are americans who dont carry guns all the time and can show you france on a world map.

  4. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    If she did, she deserves it!

    It always makes me sick when mega-rich celebrities worth millions are heard complaining when they have to part with some of it when a split with a longtime partner happens, especially when there are kids involved. Sheesh!

  5. Chatcat says:

    I’m sorry, but in that first picture she really looks like a hag! Yikes I got 10 years on her and I don’t nearly look like I have that many miles on me.

    Anyway, I hope she got a nice settlement. I am a believer in a 50/50 settlement when a marriage (well a real marriage) is ended in divorce. She is entitled to it. Also, he better take damn good care of his kids or else…….

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Hi Chat!
      It’s probably years of fighting to try to make a relationship work, trying to get the man you love to notice you (and not his latest costar) that took a toll on her. For the most part, I find her unconventionally beautiful myself-she reminds me of a forest nymph.

      • Chatcat says:

        Hi Kit…no question emotional issues will age you before your time. Plus she is so petite that she can’t afford any of the “divorce diet” anyway.

        It appears she is/well on her way to be moving on, let’s just hope neither one of them uses the kids as weapons. :)

  6. valleymiss says:

    If he’s been screwing around on her, I say Get That Money Vanessa!

  7. Rumorhasit says:

    You have to hope that she did, and that she will use SOME of it to get that inexplicable gap between her teeth fixed. Then she can move on with her life, with someone more appreciative of her.

    • Anne de Vries says:

      God forbid anybody refuses to go for the all-American all-same blindingly white toothpaste grin.

      • Rumorhasit says:

        I’m glad someone further down the post provided some cultural context as to why she never felt complelled to fix the gap
        . You’ll note I never suggested she bleach anything, or change anything else about her appearance, as the rest of Vanessas looks’ are quite striking.
        Appears the French consider the gap good luck. Otherwise, as a person who wore braces myself, to correct tremendous buck teeth, which were constantly commented on before they were fixed, I wondered why a person with means, and as in the public eye as Vanessa, would chose not to.
        It was unpleasant having to go day to day with snide aNd stupid things being said about your appearance. Now my teeth don’t make people uncomfortable, and life moves on. I appreciate that we live in a time that we can improve the the things we are dissatisfied with, and help our self esteem. Not everyone lives where dental care is possible, or affordable. Its nice to have the advances in dentistry, where we can chose whether or not we change things . Orthodontists should be commended.
        Not every culture understands the gap, and I’m glad someone was able explain the reason for this. It justifies why.
        My comment was implied sarcasm,(keeping in mind this site name does have the name bitch in it) like she was short on funds, because I didn’t understand…
        And btw, Kristin Dunst has my favorite smile, it’s not perfect, and she should never fix it, for an all American smile.

      • ds says:

        I’ve got a gap and it’s one of those little things that for some reason are not supposed to be beautiful but to me it’s just lovely. Teeth should be healthy and that’s all that matters.

  8. k says:

    I wish she would put on even just a couple of pounds. It would really suit her. I tend to think Johnny strayed and Paradis is owed big.

  9. Catherine Paris says:

    She looks worn and tired. I’m sure it’s been very, very stressful. But I really believe she will come out better after this. As for him, he will regret it later on when his head clears. She deserves some of his funds, she’s probably put up with a lot already. Also I think she really pretty with the gap in her teeth, it’s what makes her unique.

  10. anemoneblue says:

    F I X
    T H O S E
    T E E T H

  11. marie says:

    I hope she walks away with a gigantic chucnk of his money, she deserves it.

    When did Amber Heard come out as bi-sexual, I seem to remember her coming out as a lesbian? Am I wrong?

  12. the original bellaluna says:

    I’m sure she’s not walking away destitute, that’s for sure. No matter what we may or may not feel she’s entitled to, the children are still entitled to live in the lifestyle to which they’ve been accustomed. I’d like to think he won’t be a pr!ck about the support for the kids (as so, SO many men become in these situations), but we’ll have to wait and see.

    But if I was her, I’d want the island and the family home in France. I WOULD, however, settle for the villa and family home in France. :D (I like to think I’m a reasonable woman.)

  13. sup says:

    so what? she gave him the best years of her life, three kids, and he cheated on her and did stupid stuff. get that money gurl

  14. Skinnybetch says:

    They seem like soul mates to me. . & 14 years is a lifetime by Hollywood standards. They just need to screw other people for awhile, then in a year or so they’ll get back together.

  15. Eleonor says:

    I really don’t like those theeth, but I have to admit she is cool for keeping them, it’s like she doesn’t care to be perfect.
    I think her face doesn’t look great (wrinkles) because she is too thin.
    BTW kudos for not being a plastic surgery monster!

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Stress is heinous beast on the body as well as the looks. I’m willing to bet she’s lived the last year under a lot of stress (and probably longer than that), and it’s taken its toll.

      I hope she gains a touch of weight and is able to sleep better at night now that the “big secret” is out.

  16. Julie says:

    i dont know why people take the cheating for a fact. if they really were seperated for a long time it could have been a single dude sleeping with various ladies.

    it could also have beeen vanessa who is to blame. that could also explain johnnys behaviour.

    with all his actions in the last months i tend to believe he is the one to blame but i also think that its wrong to unleash everything on him especially when everybody here moans about sexism. its not always the guys fault but you make it appear as it is.

    im just not comfortable with blaming him for everything and saying its because he is a guy and they all behave like that in that age group.

    • Kola says:

      I am also curious why people are roasting Johnny Depp for cheating etc Do we even have proof that he cheated? How do we know he broke things off?Maybe they just grew apart and he wants to move on? Maybe they both want to move on? Its better than him faking it and running around behind her back.

      I prefer they respectfully break things up and go their separate ways. This whole “Johnny will regret this?!Poor Vanessa!He is wrong!?” is too much. Maybe he was not happy? What’s so bad about getting out of a relationship if you are not happy? It’s better than pulling a Tiger Woods.

    • mln76 says:

      Yeah I personally believe they’ve been separated for a while with some attempts at reconciliation. In that case neither one would be technically cheating. I also think while it’s obvious he’s been in a mid-life crisis for a while now it may be the shock of losing the relationship that’s put him there and not vice versa.

    • Lis says:

      The idea that every man who divorces in their 50s is doing it because of a mid life crisis is ridiculous. My dad divorced my mom during his 50s and it had nothing to do with a mid life crisis. Everything to do with two people no longer compatible and happy together. It was better for me they part instead of dealing with the tension at home.

      People saying because Johnny Depp been caught playing his guitar with bands is a sign of a crisis, it is silly. He has been doing the same thing pre-pirates and during his time with Vanessa. I didn’t know there was an age limit to playing a guitar and having some fun in life.

      Maybe he hates getting older which shows he is normal human being with insecurities. Why attack him for it? If he had rumors of beating up an ex like Michael Fassbender, this site would attack him worse. But Fassbender gets a pass for it.

      • starry says:

        Truth, Lis. Good for you for speaking up, and sorry about your parents’ split. It is frustrating how we speculate about each others’ personal lives out loud when there are difficult times. That gossip is often wrong!
        People will always talk, so keep playing that guitar Johnny, and Vanessa, get that money, guurrrl!!!

  17. Sillyone says:

    Good lord have her and Madonna been working out together those biceps in pic two…WOW! Her face seems to have a kind of peace and happiness to it compared to several months ago.

  18. dawkinsfanclub says:

    Simply put: its cheaper to keep her….& it is clear to me this is a mid life crisis for Johnny.
    That’s all

  19. Katherine says:

    This separation/break-up is not about anyone cheating. Why do people assume it would be Johnny doing the cheating anyway? Vanessa already has had a new “friend” for a while. I suspect some of Johnny’s more recent beahvior may have been fueled by the state of his relationship rather than the other way around.

    They have had a long and loving relationship. Not everything lasts forever. I am sure he is being very generous with her.

  20. G says:

    Is he even legally obligated to give her a “settlement”? I’m sure he would I’m just wondering since I don’t remember them ever getting married did they?

    • Julie says:

      no but they have kids. if things got ugly she could say that she took care of the kids to give johnny the opportunity to have a big career while she couldnt go all out in her own career.
      (im sure she would get more by doing that compared to what she would get if they were married and had a prenup)

      all depends on the country one would go to court though.

      but i really dont think any of them wants dirty laundry and they will settle the money quietly. (im sure it has been done and thats why its offical now)

  21. Dawn says:

    Yes after 14 years and 2 kids she deserves what a wife would get. As for her, I find her very pretty, I hate her teeth however but that could be American bias. I have known a few couples who put on good shows in public and were totally over each other in private. So only they know what happened and if this is a good split or not. But that is a long time to give up on in my opinion especially as you are entering into your fifties as Johnny is. And with that I wish them both nothing but the best and hope they find peace and happiness.

  22. Jenny says:

    Am I the only one that think she’s pretty? I think she’s like a different flower… When you focus on the gap yeah it’s a little whatever but it works with her features.

  23. inthekitchen says:

    Wasn’t Justin with Heidi for just as long? I don’t remember her getting this level of support for their (also unmarried) relationship…

    • spinner says:

      Justin & Heidi did not live together continuously for 14 years. It was an on again – off again relationship & there were no children involved. If that were the case then any one you’ve ever dated for a considerable amount of time has to pay up?? Weird.

  24. Kosmos says:

    I hope things are worked out financially to assist her in some way. She has primary responsibility for the children and she did give up some of her acting years so that he could pursue his acting in the U.S. She is a good woman, a good actress in her own country, and I think they had some good years together. Unfortunately, they are now undone, but I wish Vanessa the very best. I have always had the respect for her that she deserves.

  25. Working says:

    Justin and Heidi didn’t have kids…and Johnny & Vanessa were kind of “Hollywoods sweathearts”. But i agree, just because you don’t have kids together doesn’t make it any less difficult that’s for sure.

  26. Claire says:

    The gap teeth is a lucky charm in France. Separated front teeth are called “the teeth of happiness”. And the French don’t fix it.

  27. Lucy2 says:

    They built a life and family together, i would hope she would be entitled to some of the benefits of the career he had during their time together.
    At least they tried to work it out rather than just bailing right away. It’s sad, but sometimes that is the best way.

  28. Loulou says:

    Vanessa was not destitute to begin with, she’s been a star most of her life. She won’t have to babysit him anymore so that’s a relief. And yes, she was a major partner in his success so she deserves what a mate of 14 years has long earned. I’m sad for them.

  29. stop the madness says:

    I think Johnny Depp is worth more than $300 million.

    Vanessa probably received some funds for herself and I’m sure Depp will provide for the children. He doesn’t seem the type that wouldn’t.

  30. eric says:

    You can tell why he left her from that first picture, that along with her constant jealousy tantrums was enough for him.

  31. Maritza says:

    Actually,the only thing ugly about her is her teeth, which she could easily have them fixed if she wanted to.

  32. Barbara says:

    I think she finally saw The Tourist AND Dark Shadows and realized that she couldn’t go on.

  33. BELLA says:

    then she can get her teeth fixed! Good lord!

  34. NM6804 says:

    Depp’s hands must have been shaking hard when he had to sign all those papers. Reading Lainey’s take on it, I can imagine why it took them so long to finally break things off.

  35. Bird says:

    I think she is so beautiful!

  36. lisa says:

    Lauren Hutton had a very famous gap. She was encourage to get her’s fixed and she said no. Cindy Crawford was encouraged to remover her mole. Barbara S. was told to fix her nose. The thing that people don’t get with everyone. Flaws however perceived are what makes people special. They make you stand out from the rest. So many woman that are considered beautiful all have some “flaw” that made them unique.

  37. dahlianoir says:

    She doesn’t need money because she’s a successful singer and actress here in France BUT she put on the side her career and left her country to live with the man she loved and to support him, gave him two kids and put him back on track. She bloody hell deserves her share.

  38. foozy says:

    i maintain that her jealousy towards angelina jolie, on the set of the tourist, was the beginning of the end……..

  39. Becca says:

    Apparently the gap between her teeth didn’t stop her from landing Depp. Who at the time was no doubt incredibly beautiful. And Lenny Kravitz before that. So If they worked for her up until now, why change it?
    I am not american though so i don’t have a problem with uniqueness..

  40. tmbg says:

    I certainly hope so. She deserves it after all of those years and two children.

  41. cannonball says:

    Gap is o.k.
    Looking like Madonna isn’t cute.
    She could have dressed for the occasion and covered herself more.

  42. Bread and Circuses says:

    Given how protective of their children they are, I suspect they broke up last year but agreed to keep that fact quiet so the kids could adjust to the new normal.

    It’s hard enough when your parents split. Rougher still to have the press spraying the story everywhere.

  43. Aboveall says:

    According to “The Sun”:

    “Johnny Depp is preparing to hand former lover Vanessa Paradis up to U$150 million (£100 million) in one of the biggest pay-offs involving an unmarried couple.”


    OMG!! That’s impressive!!

  44. go vanessa says:

    Katherine says:
    June 20, 2012 at 10:56 am
    Vanessa already has had a new “friend” for a while.

    what the f**ck are you talking about? how do you know she has a new friend? please.
    I think she is beautiful and she will find a good guy and i hope this story is true btw she deserves it, and depp is an idiot then he will regret

  45. mk- says:

    she looks happy now maybe she has ‘someone else’? I hope so she deserves love and happiness she is beautiful loving and patient, and for the money she doesn’t need HIS money she is a huge star in france since she is 14 and one of the best paid but the children yes
    I can’t wait to see her with a new guy and see her looking healthy again because last year she looked thin-healthy now she is very thin still beautiful but more thin than usual guess, he had stressed her a lot! but she will be good and go back to her usual sexy thin body now it’s over, as for depp I don’t sincerely wish him the best and i don’t care about him now i see why Winona dumped him Winona realised quick how he were and dumped him but it’s easy to understand why Vanessa stayed so many years with him the years he was with her he was ‘the cool johnny’ ‘the best johnny’ she enjoyed him on his best days now he is just a d*ck that looks like a bad copy of himself with awful movies drinking partying so now she is better off him, good luck Vanessa!

  46. mk- says:

    I love how people are bashing Johnny that is what he deserves for have ‘abandoned’ and homewrecked his own house his own family he said once they were ‘all’ for him and in inside the actors studio family is the most important thing in the world? yeah sure johnny sure still in 2011 and 2012 he prefered staying with his rocker friends and drink what happened to family guy johnny?, he is selfish and his movies are not good anymore he is seriously stupid i used to like him when he was cool..

  47. Jane says:

    I’m glad this couple have finally split because I never did buy their relationship as it was all about the kids, and now that they are older, there was nothing left, nothing to talk about, no chemistry. Even Johnny said a few years ago that at home it’s all about he kids, that’s all they talk about, where they will take them for a walk, etc. Now that the kids are older and want to do their own thing, hey presto , there’s nothing to talk about between Johnny and Vanessa. Here’s an idea just maybe she never should have gotten pregnant within 2 months of dating Johnny when he had just ended (or was even just on a ‘break’) his 4 year relationship with Kate Moss. I mean, didn’t she think she was just either a ‘fling’ or a ‘rebound’? Johnny wouldn’t have stayed so long with her if it wasn’t because of those 2 children, which he adores. I bet Kate is laughing now, though she was never the same from the little shock of Vanessa’s sudden pregnancy gave her. Oh and even Vanessa at the time when she met Johnny was living with her boyfriend of one year Stanislas Merher (french actor) (google their names and you will see pictures of them and their dog), so for all of you who accuse Johnny of cheating etc, let me just say that Vanessa herself is NO SAINT, and maybe what she is getting is karmic retribution. Johnny is the bigger fool though, wasting so many years for nothing. I hope next time he’s more careful with the contraception.

  48. Jenna says:

    I’m not a fan of gaps though some people can rock them. She looks beautiful here, happy. Maybe a bit of sadness but for the most part, she looks happy and maybe a little refreshed? I would think that being rid of someone who was possibly unfaithful would feel great, uplifting maybe. I wish the best for her and her family [: