Almost 6 months after her split from her longtime love Johnny Depp, actress and singer Vanessa Paradis says that her children’s well-being remains her priority.
“I don’t sell my private life, and nobody knows the truth or has done a proper journalist’s work on that situation,” Vanessa, who has kids Lily-Rose and Jack with her ex, tells The Daily Beast. “Nowadays, people speculate, but nobody knows! I have my children to protect. There are children involved, so it’s really no one’s business but the family.”
Vanessa says that this protective mother’s instinct came in handy for latest film, Cafe de Flore, in which she plays a mom whose child has Down Syndrome.
“All parents are [overprotective]. When somebody hurts your child, you become a war machine. You couldn’t kill, but you want to,” she muses. “We have the gut feeling, you know? You love and you fear for them, and it’s all here [points to her belly]. I understand that.”
Vanessa and Johnny were together for 14 years before they announced their split earlier this year.