And the couple are said to have called it quits in 2010, after Paradis decided that she could not go on, but decided not to announce it.
It's over: It's being claimed that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis ended their relationship in 2010, they don't look happy here at 2008 Academy Awards...
Until then, despite being a huge name, Depp had been inclined to more obscure and cult-like roles.
But his step into the world of blockbusters paid off handsomely.
The film hauled in more than $300 million and turned Depp into the world's most biggest franchise leading man.
Near the end: The couple were seen together in Cannes in May 2010
Separate lives: Vanessa, pictured here at a June Film Festival, and Johnny, at the London premiere of Dark Shadows in May, only recently confirmed their split
It didn't help that Vanessa, who had a huge hit in Europe with Joe Le Taxi, was watching her singer career lie dormant.
Her father's daughter: Lily Rose wentr grocery shopping in West Hollywood today, she's the spitting image of her father
Depp, who earned more than $75 million in 2010, reacted to the enmity by becoming resentful himself.
The source said: 'Nothing Johnny did was ever good enough for Vanessa. When he was working, she wasn't happy.
'And when he wasn't working, he was called a slob for not doing enough for the kids and her family.'
The former couple are parents to Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, 10.
'They'd have blazing fights,' says the friend. 'Vanessa would take her frustrations out on him.' And he 'started to drink heavily.'
Though they continued to drift apart, Depp and Paradis always put their children's needs first. "It broke Johnny's heart that the family he loves so much was becoming fractured," said the friend.
So in 2010, it is claimed, the singer decided to pull the plug, but they agreed to keep the split under wraps.
'Johnny was heartbroken,' the friend told Us. 'But they agreed the kids' lives shouldn't be affected. That's why they didn't announce it.'
Since then, Depp, 49, has found love again with his Rum Diary costar, Amber Heard, 26. 'They are 100 percent dating,' a source revealed. 'He treats her really well.'
New love? Johnny is said to be dating his Rum Diary co-star, Amber Heard