With news of the demise of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ 14 year relationship hitting the headlines last week it made me stop and think about how difficult it must be to get through this emotional time in their lives with the eyes of the world upon them. Speculation arose months ago that the relationship was on the rocks but I have to wonder if this was a clever PR stunt to prepare the world for the inevitable outcome and make it a less sensational headline when it eventually happened because it had been expected.
The couple have two children together, a 13 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. They too will have to come to terms with, and adjust to, their parents separation and this will undoubtedly be more difficult when your parents are so high-profile. Stories of Depp’s alleged “close” relations with fellow co-stars and his publicist are already doing the rounds and in a recent article published by the Daily Mail Amber Heard was featured in no less than four of the eight pictures relating to the story! You’re probably thinking the same as me – who the hell is Amber Heard? ( or should that be never heard of until she was linked to Johnny Depp!). I probably sound like a hypocrite now considering I am also contributing to their column inches but it would be considerate of the media to allow the family some privacy at this time, but that’s not going to sell the papers so unfortunately it looks like they will just have to accept it as part and parcel of being a celebrity and deal with it as best they can!
I can’t say I was surprised that Depp and Paradis split but one former couple who I had believed would last the distance were Heidi Klum and Seal. They seemed so solid and genuinely in love and have the most gorgeous little family. The couple have filed for divorce after eight years together citing that they have grown apart.
In reality nobody knows what goes on behind someone else’s closed doors and a picture doesn’t always tell a thousand words! Celebrities are people too and while seen in public they may appear to be holding it together they could be falling apart at home. Unlike us mere mortals they can’t try to get over their heartache by going dancing with friends! Two west coast coolers and they’d be labelled as “turning to drink”. If they had to squeeze past a member of the opposite sex to get to the loos or the bar they’d be snapped and quoted as “cosying up to mystery party go-er”. If they were feeling a bit hungover the next day and decided to go to McDonalds drive-thru for brunch in a tracksuit and sunglasses they’d be all over the papers the next day supposedly “on the verge of a breakdown”
Breaking up is hard to do no matter who you are or what the situation. So if you yourself are going through a break up at the minute thank your lucky stars that you don’t have to do it in the limelight! …and hang in there, with the help of your friends, a box of kleenex, 5 gallons of ben & jerrys and some crappy romantic flicks you will be all cried out and ready to get back on the metaphorical horse before you know it!