Johnny Depp's Ex Vanessa Paradis Reportedly Defends Him Amidst Domestic Violence Allegations
Like mother, like daughter. On Sunday, May 29, Johnny Depp's daughter Lily-Rose posted a throwback photo of her and her father, seemingly coming to her dad's defense amidst allegations that he abused his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Amber Heard. (On Friday, Heard was granted a restraining order from Depp, after claiming that he physically abused her on numerous occasions.) Now, Lily-Rose's mother, Vanessa Paradis, is similarly standing up for Depp. In a letter obtained by TMZ, Paradis reportedly hand-wrote a message calling the abuse allegations "outrageous." The letter, dated May 27, reportedly states:
To whom it may concern,
Johnny Depp is the father of my two children, he is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous, in all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.
Sincerely, Vanessa Paradis
Depp and Paradis were together from 1998-2012. The pair have two children together, Lily-Rose and John Christopher Depp III (known as Jack). During that time, the couple never married, but Depp told Extra in 2010, "I never found myself needing that piece of paper. Marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don't need somebody to say, OK you're married."
Since Heard's claims of alleged abuse went public, Depp has not made a statement on the topic, but Depp's rep released the following statement to E! News on Thursday, May 27 about their divorce:
Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.
Bustle has reached out to reps for Heard and Depp for comment, but has not received a response.