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Vanessa Paradis steps out stony-faced amid rumours relationship with Johnny Depp is on the rocks

By David Gardner In Los Angeles and Dianne King

Glum: Vanessa Paradis looked unhappy as she tool a stroll with her daughter Lily-Rose amid rumours she is splitting from Johnny Depp

Vanessa Paradis is facing rumours that her long term relationship with Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is heading for a split after 14 years together.

And the French singer looked incredibly glum as she went shopping at The Grove in West Hollywod with her tween daughter Lily-Rose on Friday.

With not a hint of a smile or a brush of makeup, the mother-of-two was almost unrecognisable from the beauty she was once known to be and she didn't seem happy.

Stony faced: The French actress gave her 12-year-old a cuddle but didn't raise a smile

Vanessa looked run down and wore ill fitting jeans, a baggy T-shirt and ballet flats.

It also looked like she hadn't spent any time on her hair as it fell around her
shoulders in loose unkempt curls.

She was accompanied by her 12-year-old who looked decidedly older than her tender years and wore a strapless black top paired with denim shorts and wedge shoes.

It's been reported that the Pirates of the Caribbean star is on the brink of a split because of the couple's constant bickering.

Rough patch: Rumours are circulating that Johnny Depp's 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis may end after, allegedly, hitting the rocks

'People around him are worried about how Johnny is doing because he and Vanessa seem so fractured right now,' a source told the RadarOnline celebrity website.

The unsubstantiated report appears to contradict the 48-year-old actor's claims in interviews about his enduring love for Paradis. They also have a nine-year-old son, Jack.

RadarOnline quoted a source close to the star as saying: 'Johnny isn't handling anything well right now.'

The site also suggested the Hollywood heartthrob is seeking legal advice over the alleged unravelling of the 14-year relationship.

Long-term: The couple, pictured here at the 2008 Academy Awards, have two children together

'Johnny has started reaching out to lawyers, probably to quietly discuss how to get out of the relationship.

'They're not married but they've been together for years and have kids together so it isn't as easy as just breaking up.

'Johnny is so talented at acting, but he doesn't seem able to hide how badly things are going right now,' the unnamed source added.

There were claims of problems in the relationship last April when a French magazine splashed a photo on its front page of Mr Depp appearing to kiss another woman.

The woman turned out to be the actor's publicist Robin Baum who reportedly attended the unveiling of Penelope Cruz's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Mr Depp while Miss Paradis was at home in France with their children.

At the time, Voici magazine wrote: 'Are Johnny and Vanessa heading for a split?'

French beauty: The Joe Le Taxi singer and her family split their time between France, LA and the Bahamas

'Whenever Johnny and Vanessa are rumoured to be having relationship problems, it's Robin who as his press officer has to deny them.

'This woman is dangerous.'

France's 24heuresactu website said: 'Is Johnny cheating on Vanessa and splitting up one of the world's best-known celebrity couples?'

Miss Baum had not responded to a request for comment at time of going to press last night.

The actor was most recently spotted on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles with Miss Paradis, their two children and a woman believed to be his mother, Betty Sue.

Private people: The couple are famously coy about revealing details of their relationship, seen here in 2006

He was married briefly in the early Eighties to make-up artist Lori Anne Allison before his high-profile romances with actress Winona Ryder and supermodel Kate Moss.

But he has been with Miss Paradis since 1998, when they met on the set of the Roman Polanski thriller, The Ninth Gate.

Speaking about their first meeting in an interview last year, Mr Depp said: 'She was wearing a dress with an exposed back and I saw that back and that neck, and then she turned around and I saw those eyes, and - boom! - my life as a single man was done.

'You have this feeling,' he added. 'I can't really explain what it was, but I had it when I met her.

'I saw her across a room and thought: "What's happening to me?"'
He said the couple hadn't seen the need for marriage.

Greeting fans: The actor made faces at a baby at the European premiere of his film The Rum Diary

'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".

'She and I have been together for nearly 14 years, and, well, I can hardly believe it.

'It only seems like yesterday that we met.'

Of his own parents' broken marriage, he said: 'I recall hearing my parents argue and thinking: "Come on, this is torture. Just split!"

'They stuck it out until I was 15, but I'd seen it coming for years. When they finally did divorce, I thought: "OK, this is the right thing".'

The family divides its time between their home in Meudon in the Paris suburbs, Los Angeles, Le Plan-de-la-Tour in the south of France and an island in the Bahamas.



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