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Johnny Depp told kids truth about split

Johnny Depp feels intensely proud when he considers how well his children have coped with his split from Vanessa Paradis.

The couple had been together for 14 years when they ended their relationship last year. They have 14-year-old Lily-Rose and Jack, 11, together and wanted to be as open as possible about what was happening for the sake of the kids.

"When you have children, there is no room for lies, no room for anything but the truth. Anything other than that is a bad example, I believe," Johnny told CBS This Morning.

"We were just very truthful with them and they were just incredibly understanding, incredibly accepting. I was extremely proud of them, the way they dealt with it."

Although he is delighted with how adaptable his kids are, Johnny still worries about them. Now they are growing up he can’t help looking back on his teenage years with a sense of dread.

“You know you start getting hit with some very interesting situations in life… as a parent when they approach that teenage area, which is frightening because you still have memories of that age and they things you were doing at that age... Please don't do what I did,” he laughed.

Johnny and Vanessa remained silent on their break-up for many months, with Johnny only recently discussing it in public.

The star is happier when he is out of the limelight, explaining he isn’t really one to steal centre stage.

Describing how he lives his life, he used an analogy referencing Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

“I would rather be a Keith than a Mick,” he laughed.

Johnny turned 50 last month and is so far enjoying the landmark age. He knows many people fear ageing and worry about wrinkles, but he sees it as a positive experience. If nothing else, the star is excited about having a wardrobe makeover.

"I suppose the only thing at 50 you can really start to look forward to is just total irresponsibility,” he said. “As you get older you can just sit in a chair, wear anything you want; old people dress cool. You know, they wear sweatpants. The elderly have it down."

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