Johnny Depp: Vanessa Paradis split 'wasn't easy'

Johnny Depp participates in a photo call and

Johnny Depp participates in a photo call and press conference for the film "West of Memphis" at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Toronto International Film Festival. (Sept. 8, 2012) (Credit: AP )

A year after their headline-making breakup, actor Johnny Depp is speaking out about his split with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, his companion of 14 years and the mother of his two children.

"Relationships are very difficult," he says in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "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."

The two are the parents of daughter Lily-Rose, 14, and son Jack, 11.

Depp, who turned 50 on June 9, said the children and Paradis, 40, have "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."

He added, "The last couple years have been a bit bumpy. At times, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved."

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