Lily-Rose Depp and her family relationships, in their own words

Lily-Rose, daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Who is Lily-Rose in the eyes of her father?
What being a parent is all about
The beginnings of a family
A mini Vanessa Paradis
A French-American Depp
Multi-cultural
A ‘secret’ language as a child
A very surreal upbringing
Dolls with dad
Wild child
Faster than dad
Transitioning from girl to woman
A young woman
Too much homework
Lily Rose Depp: singer?
But what did her parents think of her career choice?
Blooming marvellous
The model
Chanel
Starting out with a big name
Dressing up in mom's Chanel
Girl... to woman… and boyfriends!
A new beau - Yassine Stein
No label
Health issues
Lily-Rose Depp wanted to return to 'normal life'
More health scares: E. Coli
Another dark period for Johnny Depp
But how does Lily-Rose feel about Amber Heard?
Turning down the Depp/Heard wedding invitation
'Dad is the sweetest person I know'
'Nobody's perfect'
Where will we see her next?
Lily-Rose, daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Who is Lily-Rose Depp, the 22-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Vanessa Paradis? We take a glance at the actress, model, and Chanel ambassador; looking back at her relationships with school, work, her less-known facts, her father, and her ex-stepmother, Amber Heard.

Who is Lily-Rose in the eyes of her father?

To help give us a clue of who Lily-Rose Depp really is, Johnny Depp loves to reveal his daughter's best qualities to the press. In 2015 he told the Daily Mail, "Lily’s really together, she's a sharp kid and one of the smartest human beings I have ever met.”

What being a parent is all about

Johnny continued: ”Whatever she is doing, if she needs any advice, I'm there for her. Kids are going to make their own decisions, but I guess that the only thing you can do as a parent is to offer support. And I do.” Certainly, the Depp name has helped her along the way. But before all the spotlights shone on her, Lily-Rose was just another tiny baby.

The beginnings of a family

Depp and ex, Vanessa Paradis, welcomed their baby daughter into the world at the end of last century. Lily-Rose was born on the 27th of May 1999. A few years later, her brother, Jack, joined the family.

A mini Vanessa Paradis

Johnny and Paradis dated from 1998 to 2012, after his split from supermodel Kate Moss. Paradis was also a model, but it’s not only Lily-Rose’s looks that she gets from her French mother.

A French-American Depp

Lily-Rose is also lucky enough to boast fluency in French thanks to her mother. She was born in the upscale Paris suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine and raised as a bilingual child.

Multi-cultural

Cinema Blend reports Lily-Rose speaking to Keira Knightley about her dual cultures for Interview magazine, saying, “Both feel very natural to me in different ways. I speak exclusively French with my French family, and exclusively English with my American family. So I feel very at home in both of them. I’ve always spoken French with my mom. That was important to her, and it’s important to me.”

A ‘secret’ language as a child

“When I have kids one day, I will definitely want them to speak both French and English. And also, you can have a secret language with people. When my brother and I were at the same school, whenever we wanted to say something that was going to stay just between us, we could say it in French and nobody would understand,” the actress continued.

A very surreal upbringing

As a child, Lily-Rose played with dolls while looked on by her godfather Marilyn Manson. She grew up around stars such as Karl Lagerfeld and Natalie Portman and was, of course, of great interest to the press.

Dolls with dad

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor, Johnny Depp, told 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' in 2015 that he created characters playing dolls with his daughter. "We played a lot of Barbies, my daughter and I," he said. "I used to test characters on her, yeah, playing Barbies." Captain Jack's roots?

Wild child

But the dolls may have seen their better days by the time Lily-Rose had finished with them. Her own website states she always had a bit of a ‘wild streak’. But she openly says that her parents were never too strict, meaning she really had nothing to rebel against.

Faster than dad

On an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, her father let the world know just how switched on his daughter was. "She's amazing," he said. "The problem is she's infinitely more sophisticated than I am. She can run circles around me, and she knows that she's got me wrapped around her pinky."

Transitioning from girl to woman

Johnny Depp admits to the Daily Mail that she was a ‘sharp kid’ growing up, whilst being very enthusiastic about her many other qualities. He said, "It's such a funny thing when you see your daughter transitioning from your baby, your little girl, to suddenly being a young woman," he said.

A young woman

Kids grow up so fast. At 16 years old, Lily-Rose Depp made the decision to quit school. She wanted to work as much as possible in the acting industry, make a name for herself and pursue her career.

Too much homework

"I realized after working on 'La Danseuse' and 'Planetarium' in Paris that it was impossible for me to pursue acting as a career and still attend classes and be able to do my homework," she said in an interview for Buro 247. She starred in 'Planetarium' in 2016 alongside Natalie Portman.

Lily Rose Depp: singer?

But acting wasn’t the first choice for the young star. She told Vanity Fair in an interview, "I wanted to be a singer, but once I started acting, I felt so comfortable. Now all I want to do is act."

But what did her parents think of her career choice?

When the Telegraph asked Paradis in 2013 how she would feel about her daughter following a similar career path, she confessed, "I'd rather for her to have time to be a kid. I mean, she already has such a spotlight on her just because of her parents."

Blooming marvellous

But the spotlight may have helped jumpstart her career and today, she's recognized as a talented actress. Lily-Rose was nominated for the Most Promising Actress at the 2017 Cesar Awards and Lumières Awards for her portrayal of the American dancer with a tragically short life in 'La Danseuse,' Now it was her own talent that was catapulting her to stardom.

The model

Despite her height being less than 5 foot 5 (smaller than even the smallest runway models), Depp is also a high-fashion model.

Chanel

She entered the modeling world at just 15 years old when Karl Lagerfield handpicked her to be the face of Chanel, way back in 2015.

Starting out with a big name

Lily-Rose Depp was the face of a Chanel eyewear campaign in September 2015. At 16 years old, she was the youngest global Chanel ambassador ever, but the actress has always had an affinity with the brand, thanks to her mother also being a spokeswoman for Chanel since 1991.

Dressing up in mom's Chanel

Lily-Rose talked about Chanel’s role in her life in an interview with LOVE magazine, "Chanel has always been this big thing for me - there are baby pictures of me wearing my mom's Chanel pumps."

Girl... to woman… and boyfriends!

Timothée Chalet and Lily-Rose were dating from October 2018 to April 2020 - approximately 18 months. They met on the set of the Netflix Shakespeare adaptation, 'The Kin,' where the Depp-Paradis spawn really proved her talent.

A new beau - Yassine Stein

Now it seems Lily-rose Depp has found love in the form of rapper Yassine Stein. Originally from Casablanca in Morocco, the musician stepped into the French rap scene in 2020. He is also a director and member of L’Odre Collective. They have been dating since November 2021.

No label

Lily-Rose, despite having openly dated men, has said she does not want to label her sexuality. Many thought that the actress was coming out, but she explained in an interview with NYLON, "I was just trying to say that kids and people, in general, don’t have to label themselves… If you like something one day then you do, and if you like something else the other day, it’s whatever. You don’t have to label yourself, because it’s not set in stone."

Health issues

The actress has suffered for a long time from the eating disorder anorexia. She admitted her hardships battling the disease in a milestone moment when she appeared on the cover of French Elle magazine.

Lily-Rose Depp wanted to return to 'normal life'

She told the magazine, "I have spent a lot of energy fighting the disease… I was much younger when I faced with anorexia, it was very difficult to deal with it. All who are familiar with this problem, know how difficult it is to return to a normal life." The young actress is proud of overcoming the upsetting social media comments about her weight and is happy with her recovery process and the results she has achieved.

More health scares: E. Coli

When Lily-Rose was a child, she had a serious E. Coli infection. At the time, her father was worried that her kidneys would completely shut down. Later, Johnny told Graham Norton that it was his 'darkest period ever.'

Another dark period for Johnny Depp

As a fiercely protective father, Johnny Depp says that the allegations against him by ex-wife Amber Heard have forced him to 'stand up' not only for himself but also for his children. He said, according to Nicki Swift. "I wanted to clear my children of this horrid thing they were having to read about their father, which was untrue."

But how does Lily-Rose feel about Amber Heard?

Lily-Rose has mainly defended her father’s character on social media and not spoken out directly about Ms Heard. However, Johnny has been forthcoming with information during the trial. His comments put into question Lily-Rose’s relationship with her former stepmother.

Turning down the Depp/Heard wedding invitation

Depp stated that Lily-Rose did not attend her father’s wedding with Amber Heard - a small affair of only 20-25 guests in Virginia. He said that his daughter and fiancée were not on 'particularly great terms, for several reasons.' Depp also claimed that his son, Jack, and his sister have a 'non-existent' relationship with Heard.

'Dad is the sweetest person I know'

A now-deleted throwback photo on Lily-Rose’s social media has suggested how she feels about her father’s efforts in this ugly trial. It said: "My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know."

 

'Nobody's perfect'

On the other hand, Lily-Rose Depp also had some wise and more ambiguous words to add to 'Entertainment Tonight.' She said that "nobody is perfect," and how everyone needs to have a "lot of self-awareness."

Where will we see her next?

Lily-Rose is about to star in the upcoming HBO show ‘The Idol’ which, according to Deadline, follows a pop star who falls in love with a cult-leading nightclub owner. The production will also star The Weeknd and is set to be a real hit. Unfortunately, due to changes in creative direction and necessary reshoots, we may have to wait for it a little while longer.

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