Johnny Depp and longtime love Vanessa Paradis, parents to Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11, announced their separation in June 2012 after 14 years together.
Exactly one year after the news broke, Depp -- who turned 50 earlier this month and is currently dating 27-year-old actress Amber Heard -- has finally addressed the reasons for their split and its impact on their kids.
In an interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine's July 4 issue, Depp describes the past couple of years as "a bit bumpy -- at times, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved."
As trite as it sounds, distance and frequent travel were primarily to blame for the disintegration of the relationship. "Relationships are very difficult, especially in the racket that I'm in because you're constantly away or they're away and so it's hard," Depp continues. "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."
As a testament to Depp and Paradis's mutual devotion to their children, both Lily-Rose and Jack have been remarkably supportive of their parents throughout the breakup. "They've been incredibly understanding, incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal," gushes Depp. "And it's hard on every side. You know, Vanessa's side, certainly not easy. My side, not easy."
But this is an interview with Johnny Depp, which means it's not all about love lost. Among the additional reveals: He's "basically blind as a bat" in his left eye; he watches "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"; he eschews underwear ("that's the general approach"); and he hasn't had a drink in over a year.
You can catch Depp as the Tonto to Armie Hammer's Lone Ranger in Disney's "The Lone Ranger," in theaters July 3.
[via Rolling Stone]