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Johnny Depp breaks his silence about his split with Vanessa Paradis

It's been about a year since Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis called it quits. Since then, both have kept quiet about their split, and haven't really made public the reason the relationship ended — until now - reports

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, The Lone Ranger star, who's currently linked to The Rum Diaries co-star Amber Heard, opens up about his 14-year relationship with the French actress and the effect the breakup had on themselves and their two kids.

"The last couple years have been a bit bumpy," Depp told the magazine. "At times, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved." Depp and Paradis are both parents to daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack.

"Relationships are very difficult," Depp continued. "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. So, yeah. The trajectory of that relationship — you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another. 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."

On how his kids dealt with the split, Depp explains: "They've been incredibly understanding, incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal. 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. You can't shield them, because then you'd be lying. So you can at least be honest with your kids, and you say the absolute truth to your child — that was very important to not pussyfoot around."

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