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Vanessa Paradis: Love hurts and burns

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Not quite soulmates ... Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp.

Not quite soulmates ... Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp.

French actress Vanessa Paradis says the term soulmates scares her a lot.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Paradis and Johnny Depp, her partner of 14 years, were experiencing difficulties in their relationship. Paradis told Stylist magazine what she thinks about the idea of soulmates.

"I have a problem with the term soulmates, it scares me a lot," she told the magazine. "It's such a strong statement - it's like a marriage contract. I believe in love, and I want to believe that it lasts forever.

"But I'm like everyone else, you have to take things a day at a time and you can never know what comes next. All you can do is hope and love and live.

"When you say, 'This is my soulmate,' it's almost like saying, 'Well, OK, we're done here then,' That's why I don't really like to use that term, but I understand it."

Her new film Cafe de Flore explores the theme of love, and the 39-year-old thinks audiences will identify with its strong messages.

"Definitely. It's everything that drives us universally. What love makes us do, what love makes us feel, what we do for love and what we do because of love - completely," she said.

"Love hurts and burns. This is why it's so powerful - it's such a universal feeling. Everyone knows it."

Paradis and Depp have two children together, daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack.

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10 comments

  • She is a gorgeous looking woman, I admire her style. I also agree with her comments regarding love. She seems very unpretentious.

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    dianav
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    Perth
    Date and time
    May 10, 2012, 4:14PM
    • if it is hurting and burning, I suggest you see a doctor.

      Commenter
      lin
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      melb
      Date and time
      May 10, 2012, 5:07PM
      • @dianav

        I agree with her taste in men.

        Commenter
        gelk
        Date and time
        May 10, 2012, 5:14PM
        • eek, can't stand her smile. i've tried, just not possible.

          Commenter
          Ankh
          Date and time
          May 10, 2012, 11:42PM
          • dunno about the soulmate thingie, but with the burning some antibiotics might help

            Commenter
            dropBear
            Location
            up a gum tree
            Date and time
            May 11, 2012, 7:46AM
            • The title makes it sound like she has ghonorea...

              Commenter
              Doctor
              Location
              Sydney
              Date and time
              May 11, 2012, 8:14AM
              • In my experience, its usually the people walking around talking about "soul mates" that experience the most relationship problems.

                That's because when you say that somebody is your soul mate, it tends to mean that you think all the heavy lifting in the relationship is done by something other than yourself.

                Relationships require maintence, committment and sometimes hard work. And even then, there are no guarantees.

                Commenter
                Bug
                Location
                Melbourne
                Date and time
                May 11, 2012, 9:19AM
                • Very classy lady. It must be hard to keep things under wraps when the public wants to know what has happened between them. She doesn't seem like the actor who has chased notoriety. Perhaps her 'partner' loves the good life and is unbearable to live with. Whether you marry, live together as soul mates, de facto, whatever - you still need to work at it and if it truly doesn't work then make the tough call. It must be all the more challenging in the spotlight.

                  Commenter
                  Barbara
                  Location
                  Bankworld
                  Date and time
                  May 11, 2012, 10:19AM
                  • Soooo are she and Johnny still together? There were reports that Johnny was dating an Olsen twin!

                    Commenter
                    April
                    Location
                    Melbourne
                    Date and time
                    May 11, 2012, 12:42PM
                    • Imagine sleeping in the same bed with that filthy pig Johnny Depp who once admitted that he wash himself once a month or less.

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                      john
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                      cairns
                      Date and time
                      May 11, 2012, 2:57PM
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