Johnny Depp talks split with Vanessa Paradis: 'Relationships are very difficult'
Johnny Depp is candid in a new interview about his split from longtime partner Vanessa Paradis.
Depp appears on the cover of the July 4 issue of Rolling Stone (Warning: Interview contains expletives) and also talks about his role as Tonto in the upcoming "Lone Ranger" film.
The two were together for 14 years before they broke up in June 2012. Depp and Paradis are parents to two children, 14-year-old daughter Lily-Rose and 11-year-old son Jack.
"The last couple years have been a bit bumpy," Depp, who turned 50 on June 9, said about the end of his relationship with Paradis. "At times, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved."
"Relationships are very difficult," he added. "Especially in the racket that I'm in because you're constantly away or they're away and so it's hard. It wasn't easy on her. It wasn't easy on me. It wasn't easy on the kids."
"The trajectory of that relationship -- you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another," he continued. "So for whatever reason that ceases, it doesn't stop the fact that you care for that person, and they're the mother of your kids, and you'll always know each other, and you're always gonna be in each other's lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it."
Depp has since been linked to his "Rum Diary" co-star Amber Heard. The magazine notes that the 50-year-old actor's own parents divorced when he was 15 years old and that the young Depp took it hard at the time. Depp said his own kids have taken the split well.
"They've been incredibly understanding, incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal," he told Rolling Stone. "And it's hard on every side. You know, Vanessa's side, certainly not easy. My side, not easy. The kids are the most complicated. The thing is, kiddies come first."
The actor also talks about wanting to play Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" and explains that he "wanted him [Tonto] to be no joke."
"I wanted to maybe give some hope to kids on the reservations," he later added. "They're living without running water and seeing problems with drugs and booze. But I wanted to be able to show these kids, '[Expletive] that! You're still warriors, man.'"
In May 2012, Depp was made an honorary member of the Comanche tribe, which is the same tribe his "Lone Ranger" character is a part of. In past interviews, Depp has said he is part Cherokee and Creek Indian, tracing his ancestry to his great-grandmother, but several members of the Native American community have voiced concerns about Depp taking on the character.
The actor also talked to the magazine about turning 50 and said about continuing his acting career, "I can't say that I'd want to be doing this for another 10 years."
"The Lone Ranger" is set for release on July 3, 2013. Check out the trailer below.