This is a nasty little piece from Fox News about how Johnny Depp and his longterm partner, Vanessa Paradis, allegedly don’t practice regular personal hygiene. We’ve heard similar things about Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. (Although I’m more inclined to believe those stories as McConaughey’s co-star Kate Hudson once said that he smells and that she politely tried to give him some natural crystal deodorant, which he refused.) As far as Johnny, well he looks a little worse for wear sometimes and definitely has the handsome hobo look going, but I doubt he stinks or anything. We’ve never heard anything about his poor hygiene until now, so why the Johnny backlash? It seems like Depp, who once could do no wrong, is now finding himself in the tabloids’ targets. He spoke out in favor of Roman Polanski and is trying to advocate for some convicted murderers many believe were wrongfully prosecuted. (I’m not familiar enough with that case, but I wouldn’t doubt that a bunch of people were steamrolled by a corrupt system. Read Grisham’s true-life story, An Innocent Man.) So now Johnny and his lovely partner must smell, right?
Johnny Depp and his wife, French supermodel Vanessa Paradis may look like a gorgeous couple on the outside, but sources who work with the two tell Fox411 that they aren’t as clean as they sometimes appear.
“Johnny usually smells because he rarely showers,” sources say.
“He isn’t big on personal cleanliness and Vanessa isn’t much different. They found their perfect match in each other – it’s hard to be around them. Their personal hygiene is not their priority.”
And while Johnny is known as a movie hunk and was even named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive last year, sources say he takes pains to cultivate a different image in his personal life.
As for his gorgeous girlfriend, we hear she is just like her man.
“Vanessa is the furthest thing from a supermodel every second that she isn’t on a big photo shoot. No makeup and unruly hair – she’s a bit of a mess normally.”
Johnny’s new co-star, Angelina Jolie, will certainly get a taste of the real man while they film “The Tourist” together in Paris this month.
“When Johnny shows up for work or travel, he’s usually in rough shape,” sources say. “If he’s showing up for work on set, he’ll be a total professional, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be shiny and clean. He entrusts his movie looks to his hair, makeup and costume team. He’s quite a character in person.”
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There’s one thing I have to say on Johnny’s behalf – he no longer smokes. He told MTV News that he’d quit smoking over three years ago. Hopefully that means that Vanessa has kicked the habit too. Quitting smoking will go a long way in reducing your personal stink.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the stereotype that the French have more… lackadaisical approach to bathing. I’m not going to delve too deeply into that one. In the brief times I was in France I didn’t notice anything much different about the people. It reminded me more of America than other countries in Europe. Here are a couple of different opinions on that issue:
About 51 percent of French women and 55 percent of French men do not shower or bathe every day, Katherine Ashenburg says in her book, The Dirt on Clean. “The French seem to have a perverse national pride in their own unconcern about cleanliness,” she writes. That’s just not true, though, says Olivia Prouvost-Allen, Lilles, France, graduate student. Prouvost-Allen says people have a lot of misconceptions about French hygiene. She is often asked if she shaves and showers regularly, she says, and answer is yes. All her friends bathe every day, too. The only people in France who do not are the people in their 60s and 70s, who she says are still not used to the idea of having indoor plumbing and unlimited access to water.
I just don’t want to think that Johnny Depp smells, to be honest. He can’t!