Gossip is a marathon, not a sprint. I mean, gossip can be a sprint as well, but the best gossip is a long-simmering, years-long evolution with tons of backstory. So it is with Vanessa Paradis. Remember when Vanessa and Johnny Depp first got together? She was impossibly cool, impossibly chic French woman who finally got Depp to settle down into a life of pleasant French domesticity. They famously never married, but years later, when they split, they worked out something that amounted to a divorce settlement, and Vanessa is well taken care of financially. When they split, the gossip was that Depp just needed to be free and that Vanessa was a wet blanket, a nagging bitch (or so “sources” claimed). In the years since their split, Depp married Amber Heard and she divorced him after he repeatedly abused her. Now the headlines are about how Depp pissed away a $600 million fortune and that his life has a “last days of Elvis” feel.
My point? Vanessa was patient. She took the long view. And now she looks really good compared to Depp. She’s the one raising their children, she’s the one with her sh-t together, she’s the one still working constantly and living her life without an abusive pile of scarves. And now she’s married a man she’s known for more than a decade:
Vanessa Paradis has a ring on it. Johnny Depp’s former companion married film director Samuel Benchetrit in a discreet ceremony on Saturday afternoon. This is the first marriage for the French singer and actress. Paradis and Depp’s two children — daughter Lily-Rose, 19, and son Jack, 16 — were also in attendance.
According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the couple married in a small schoolhouse town hall in Saint-Simeon, a commune located one hour west of Paris in north-central France. The bride, 45, carried a bouquet of pink roses while wearing a lacy cream-colored gown with an embroidered veil. Her hair was styled down, with flowers among her tresses.
The couple became engaged last November, a source tells PEOPLE, after they worked together on the film Chien, which screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival. Approximately two dozen guests were invited to the ceremony, according to eyewitness reports. Saint-Simeon, a tiny country village of less than 900, was selected for its discretion as well as the attachment Paradis has for the village. She has a country estate nearby, and until his death last year, her father owned a small restaurant in the quiet country commune.
You can see the photos at Le Parisien, link below. The reason I say that they’ve known each other for more than a decade is because that’s how back the photos go – they’ve known each other professionally for a long time. They knew each other back when she was with Depp. But maybe they just got together last year. Anyway, I’m glad that Vanessa did it her way, and I’m glad her kids were there to see their mom get hitched. I guess Jack Depp’s “serious illness” cleared up?
— Le Parisien (@le_Parisien) June 30, 2018
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